Factors To Consider When Choosing Asphalt Shingles For Your Home
If you want to save money on your roofing, then asphalt shingles are a great choice. They are, in fact, the least expensive type of residential roofing on the market. However, not all asphalt shingles are created equal, so instead of simply buying the least expensive asphalt shingles you can find, you need to buy shingles that are durable and energy efficient.
Choosing Durable Shingles
On average asphalt shingles last between 15-20 years. However, you can find shingles that are guaranteed to last 45-50 years. As you might suspect, longer-lasting shingles will cost more than their 20-year counterparts, so why should you pay for the longer-lasting shingles? If you buy shingles that last 15-20 years, you will end up replacing those shingles at least twice before you have to replace your 45-year shingles even once. Thus, unless your 45-year shingles cost twice as much as their 20-year counterparts, the 45-year shingles are the better value.
Replacement costs are one hidden cost when buying shingles and a second is energy costs. Asphalt tar absorbs the sun's energy and converts it to heat, which can then heat up your house and drive up your cooling costs. To mitigate the problem of heat gain associated with asphalt tar roofing, you should pay attention to the color of your shingles. If you buy white shingles, you can drive down the cost of cooling your home by around 20%. Even if you are not able to find purely white shingles, light-colored shingles will still be more energy-efficient than dark shingles. When you consider the year-to-year energy savings associated with a light or white roof, it is easy to see how important the color of your roofing is. Moreover, unlike longer-lasting shingles, you should not have to pay more money for light shingles as compared to dark shingles.
When you consider that replacing your roof costs thousands of dollars and then add in a 20% savings on energy costs, it is easy to see the advantages of buying long-lasting, light-colored shingles: you can save yourself thousands of dollars over the life of your roof. While you might be tempted to myopically focus on the initial cost of your roofing, the wiser approach is to consider the long-term costs of your roof before you decide on a roofing material. Light-colored, long-lasting asphalt shingle roofing will give you the best value for your money as compared to other types of asphalt shingles.