Install a Metal Roof Over Compostion Shingles
LESLIE: Alright, we’ve got Roger in Texas joining us with a roofing question. What can we do for you?
ROGER: Hey, love your show.
TOM: Thanks, Roger.
ROGER: I have a house that was built about 1975. It has a composition roof on it, 3-in-1s.
ROGER: Have about a 3/12 pitch. I want to put a metal roof on it. Do I have to strip that down, the old roof, before I put the new one on.
TOM: You don’t have to but it certainly would be a better way to do the job. I really don’t like to trap old roofing material under new roofing material if I can help it, and so I would suggest that you take it off. The metal roofing that you’re going to put on, you’re doing that this year?
ROGER: Probably, yes.
TOM: Because if you do it this year, I want you to be aware that you could qualify for a tax incentive. There’s a tax credit that’s available through the end of the year and because the metal roofing has a low-e paint, it actually will help cut your energy bill there in Texas by reflecting some of that sunlight and that UV back out so it’ll lower your cooling costs.
ROGER: Hey, praise the lord. (Leslie chuckles)
TOM: Because of the energy-efficiency. You don’t usually think of a roof as being energy-efficient but when it comes to metal roofing, it can be because of the coatings.
ROGER: Ah, OK.
ROGER: Is there a preferred color; a best color; a best …?
TOM: No, I don’t think so.
ROGER: No? OK.
TOM: I don’t think so. I think that the low-e paint works with …
LESLIE: It’s the type of paint that they use, regardless of the color.
TOM: … yeah, a wide variety of colors.
ROGER: OK. Well hey, thanks a lot. That helps a lot.
TOM: You’re welcome. Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.