Installing a metal roof on your home may have more benefits than you think. From January 1, 2006 to December 31, 2007, the US Government will be following Congress' Energy Policy Act of 2005, rewarding consumers of quality metal roofs with tax credit savings up to $500.
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 allows for a tax credit for homeowners who install qualified energy-efficient improvements to an already existing home. In the case of roofing, the policy defines "improvement" as a metal roof with appropriate pigmented coatings which meet the Energy Star program requirements. I have added a link below that will take you to those requirements on the Energy Star website. By the way, tax credits are a lot better than deductions, if you can get them. See an earlier post for a discussion on tax credits versus tax deductions.
Over the last couple years, metal roofs are being constructed with design in mind. They can come in a wide variety of finishes, designs and colors. They are energy efficient, sustainable (many are made of recycled product and can be recycled at the end of its life cycle), durable, fire and wind resistant, and lightweight. With the right home design (consult your architect), a metal roof can look really sharp (pic).