December 11th, 2018
Tis the season to be merry and bright, it is also the season to take advantage of the energy savings Federal Energy Tax Credits before the end of the year. According to Consumer Reports,
Roofs (Metal and Asphalt)
Roofing materials that meet Energy Star requirements reflect more of the sun’s rays and can lower roof surface temperatures by up to 100° F. Qualifying roofing materials include metal roofs with appropriate pigmented coatings and asphalt roofs with appropriate cooling granules.
Tax credit: 10 percent of the cost, not including installation, up to $500.
How else can you save money on roof repairs and replacements?
The roofing materials and quality affect the cost. Light colored shingles and tiles tend to cost a little more, but they can cut your cooling costs in our hot environment. The least expensive material is dark grey asphalt.
Quality materials definitely matter! The cost of materials often correlates with their lifespan. A roof that last 100 years tends cost more than one that needs to be replaced every decade.
“A recent study for a Florida utility shows that a white reflective roof can reduce space cooling energy use by 17- 23%. A large part of the advantage comes from cooling the attic space where cooling ducts are often located. However, if you are re-roofing a home with composition shingles, choosing the lightest white color can reduce cooling costs by about 4% at no added cost.” University of Central Florida
The roofing contractor plays a significant role
The cheapest estimate is not always the best way to go, it may mean they are cutting corners and quality. The old saying ‘you get what you pay for’ certainly applies to roofing contractors. What seems like the most cost effective routes now, may prove to be more costly later.
It is important to have a roofing company you can trust and understands our tropical weather conditions. A few ways to check the authenticity of a roofing service is to look for their accreditations and certifications:
Florida’s Association of Roofing Professionals
Florida Licensed General Contractor
When is the best time to have my roof replaced?
Typically the cooler months in Central Florida are the best time to have your roof repaired or replaced. Though a roof can be successfully installed any time of year, the winter months in Central Florida tend to be a dryer time of year, which can lead to a longer lifespan of the roof.
Schick Roofing is one of Orlando’s most respected and trusted roofing company. an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and has been accredited since 2009. We can help you make the best cost effective solution for your roof and are proud to offer accurate and honest roof assessments at an affordable price.