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Do Asphalt Shingles Qualify for the Energy Tax Credit?

Yes, but… Let me explain.

I’ve contacted the three major asphalt shingle manufacturers that we see used here in South Carolina: Certainteed, GAF, and Owens Corning. I’ll list the shingles and colors that I’ve been told are Energy Star Rated, and if they are available to us here in the south. Currently, there is no Energy Star Tax Credit for 2017. It ended on December 31, 2016. But, like the other years, it will probably go into effect sometime this year and be retroactive back to January 1st of 2017.


UPDATE: Here is the link to CertainTeed Energy Star Rating Shingle List.

Their “cool shingle” line is called Landmark Solaris Platinum. 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 not readily available here in South Carolina. I’m still waiting on a cost. It is available in these colors: Coastal Tan, Sierra Buff, Santa Fe 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 South Carolina, but the verdict is still out on the Landmark Solaris.


The “cool shingle” line by GAF 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 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 aany timeme.

Owens Corning

Owens Corning has come out with their “cool shingle” and it is called Duration Premium Cool Shingles. I talked with Owens Corning this morning and this shingle has met the initial requirements for energy star rating but hasn’t received the Energy Star designation. TheDuration 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 the Supreme (25 year) line of shingles, is readily available for us here in the south.


I 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 called the manufacturers of the ventilation we use, AirVent, and asked them. They said that only the Solar Fans qualify, not any other product.

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