Yes, “metal roofs with appropriate pigmented coatings” and “asphalt roofs with appropriate cooling granules” that also meet ENERGY STAR requirements are eligible for the tax credit. The tax credit is for 30% of the cost of roofing materials only, up to $1,500 in 2009 and 2010. Installation or labor costs are not eligible for the 30% tax credit. Roof coatings are NOT eligible for the tax credit.
There are several Metal and Asphalt roofs listed on the ENERGY STAR qualified product list (look in the “Type” column):
EPA can not confirm that all ENERGY STAR qualified metal roofs or roofing shingles are eligible for the tax credit. Check with the manufacturer, and ask them to provide a Manufacturer’s Certification Statement.
Reflective roofs are not for everyone. They will provide the most benefit in hot sunny climates where you are using your air conditioning a lot. If your house is already shaded and the roof is not exposed to much sun, then a reflective roof may not provide a significant benefit. The benefits will also be lessened if the attic space is well insulated.
The law specifies: Any metal roof or asphalt roof installed on a dwelling unit, but only if such roof has appropriate pigmented coatings or cooling granules which are specifically and primarily designed to reduce the heat gain of such dwelling unit.