Can Asphalt Shingles Qualify for the Energy Tax Credit — Columbia Roofing Company Roof Repairs

Can Asphalt Shingles Qualify for the Energy Tax Credit - Columbia Roofing Company Roof Repairs

Yes and No… Let me explain.

What most people call the Federal Energy Tax Credit (actual name is the The American Tax Payer Relief Act of 2012), expired on December 31, 2013.

So, what does that mean? It means any roof installed during 2013, as long as it meets the Energy Star guidelines, qualifies for a tax credit of up to $500.

Any roof installed in 2014 does not qualify.

At this point, it has NOT been renewed, and may or may not be renewed at a later date. If it is renewed down the road, it will probably be retroactive back to January 1, 2014, as it has been in the past. So, dont be disheartened if you want to take advantage of the tax credit, there is a good chance before the year is out, it will be available to any roof installed this year.

If you want to know how to file for the tax credit, click here for the link to the government website that has all of the information and tax forms you need.

(above, was an update to my original post from a couple of years ago, which follows below)

We have contacted the three major asphalt shingle manufacturers that we see use here at Bauer Roofing: Certainteed. GAF/Elk and Owens Corning. We will list the shingles and colors that we’ve been told are Energy Star Rated, and if they are available to us here in the South.


Their “cool shingle” line is called Landmark Solaris. It is an architectural shingle that comes with a Lifetime Limited Warranty but isn’t available in any other warranty length at this time. The problem with this shingle is that it is currently made only in the Northwest. But we been told, by a distributor, it could possibly be shipped to the Carolinas –We are still waiting on a cost. It is available in these four colors: Burnt Sienna, Weathered Wood, Resawn Shake and Heather Blend.

I was told that, as of this week, the colors Mist White and Silver Birch have passed the tests and are now energy star rated in the regular Landmark Series. However, only those two colors.

In the 3-tab shingle arena, their Star White is energy star rated in the XT-25 shingle.

The Star White, Mist White and Silver Birch are readily available to us here in the Southern states, but the verdict is still out on the Landmark Solaris.


The “cool shingle” line by GAF-Elk is called the Timberline Prestique 40 HD Cool Color Series. This shingle is energy star rated in three colors and comes with a 40 Year Limited Warranty. It is not available in a 30 year, 50 year or Lifetime warranted shingle. It is currently only stocked in two places in California and, like the Certainteed Solaris, I am waiting on confirmation about availability and pricing. The colors available are: Cool Weatheredwood, Cool Barkwood and Cool Antique Slate.

GAF-Elk does have a regular 3-tab shingle, Royal Sovereign, that is energy star rated if you get the color White, and is available here in the south at anytime.

Can Asphalt Shingles Qualify for the Energy Tax Credit - Columbia Roofing Company Roof Repairs

Owens Corning

Owens Corning has come out with their “cool shingle” and it is called Duration Premium Cool Shingles. We recently took a tour at a local Owens Corning plant and we talked with Owens Corning and this shingle has met the initial requirements for energy star rating but just recently (on May 1, 2010) received the Energy Star designation. The Duration Premium Cool Shingle won’t be fully Energy Star rated until August of 2010 (it takes three years for the certification). This shingle is offered in four colors and comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty. But again, for us South Carolinians, it is currently only made in California and parts of Nevada. The four colors are: Frosted Oak, Harbor Fog, Sage and Sunrise.

Owens Corning does have a 3-tab shingle available that is energy star rated. Shasta White, in both the Classic (20 Year) and Supreme (25 year) line of shingles, is readily available for us here in the south.


We have been asked recently if the ventilation that is installed in a home can be used towards the Energy Tax Credit.

Homeowners have asked if Ridge Vents, Soffit Vents and Baffle Vents qualify for the tax credit. So, I we have inquired with the manufacturers of the ventilation we use, AirVent, and asked them. They said that only the Solar Fans qualify, not any other product.


A few miscellaneous notes. The Energy Tax Credit is not per occurrence. Meaning, you can’t get a $500 tax credit for your roof + $500 credit for new windows + $500 tax credit for new insulation. Also, you can only apply it once during the next two years. Meaning, you can’t get $500 this year for the roof and $500 next year for new windows or insulation. However, you can combine different projects.

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