As of May 10th, the city of Calgary council voted and approved a new program to incentivize home owners to upgrade from standard roofing products to more impact resistant products to help protect homes from severe (but seemingly common) weather damage that has impacted the city year after year, the big culprit? Hail damage.
This new change goes into effect June 1st 2021 - Keep reading for all the details about this program.
Resilient Roofing Rebate Program
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What Roofing Material Is Covered?
Roofing Rebate program Final remarks
City officials have stated that this program won't be widely adopted, and after reading more remarks on the numbers, we wondered if their estimates were right. “There’s 320,000 homes in Calgary to be eligible for this type of program,” Kris Dietrich with Calgary Building Services said. “We said that approximately seven per cent of those people could potentially be looking at replacing their roof" (Which would represent 22,400 homes) which amounts to a decent amount of homes, however he further stated "And then of that seven per cent, we figured about three per cent may be interested in this program.” which brings the total homes estimated to 672. Not very many, hence why the budget of $2.175 Million was granted.
Which leaves us asking, what is this program truly looking to achieve long term? Will it expand and grow as other homes are damaged by hail? Is this program just designed to aide those that are or will be impacted by hail storms? Should the city be looking at implementing programs to encourage builders for new homes and infills to utilize this type of impact resistant material in their builds? What about siding?
What are your thoughts? Sound off in the comments below if you agree or disagree with this move. Have you received a quote for this material vs others, what was the price difference?