I own a downtown Los Angeles commercial building that has been converted into several apartments. Most of my tenants in the past had only one complaint about living there, and that was the fact that there were not many places to hang out with nature. Until, that is, I got this roof company to redesign the roof space into a gorgeous green roof. roofing contractor portland
Those living in southern California know about some of the great loft spaces that can be rented in Los Angeles. I used to always have one or two people interested in renting one of my studio apartments, but now I have got at least thirty people just waiting in line to rent from me. Mostly because of the green roof I had a roof company retrofit my building with.
Those of you who are unfamiliar with what a green roof is might be surprised that you can actually put what amounts to a small park on the roof of a building. That’s right, this roof company I called just for a simple roof repair was telling me about how a green roof would not only save on utility costs, but would also allow me to take advantage of tax credits.
Recently the Federal Government passed some economic stimulus packages and there was this tax credit that building owners could get for doing environmentally friendly remodeling that conforms to Energy Star standards. This tax credit went a long way toward paying for the entire remodeling project, but with the utility savings the whole thing is going to be paid for in no time anyway.
With the added space to the building I now have a better appraisal and I can charge more for rent. Between the money savings and the added revenue, the roof company that did the green roof has helped me out so much that I think I’m going to redesign the other building I own before the tax credit expires.
A green roof cannot only be designed for buildings with flat commercial roofs; they can also be designed for residential applications. If you want to find a roof company to design a green roof for you then it shouldn’t be that hard, especially in Southern California.
When you are looking for a roof company I recommend that you go to the State of California’s website, They have tips on how to get a competent state licensed general contractor. There are tips on there that can help people protect themselves from unscrupulous conmen that might try to take your money and not even do any work for you.
If you decide to use environmentally friendly materials to take advantage of the Federal Governments tax credits, I suggest you talk to your tax professional about the details. Some of the tax credits require that the project be certified to qualify.