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Premium Roofing Vs. Asphalt Shingle: Where Do You Find The Best Value?

by Harry Martin

Styles change quicker than the seasons, and fads have a shorter lifespan than a housefly. While this might sound like a pessimistic view on dressing up your home, the right approach to can enrich the value of your home for years and help you save money on monthly bills. For example, premium roofing will not only improve the look of your home, but it will also help you to save on utility costs.

To Blend or Not to Blend

It seems like everywhere you look you will find asphalt shingles. That is the problem. To have true style, you cannot do the same thing as everyone else. That's called blending in. If you really want your home to stand out from the crowd, you have to do something that other people aren't—maybe because they can't afford to. Premium roofing materials such as slate shingles or copper panels come with a hefty price tag, so they are prohibitive to the point that you just might be the only one on your street—or even in your neighborhood—who has them. As long as you have the right design scheme for your house, a premium roofing material can really make your house uniquely beautiful. 

Looks Aren't Everything

While it is wise to pay for materials that will hold their value and will thus help you to get the most for your home when it comes time to sell, it is still wiser to buy materials that will help you to save money on your monthly utility costs. Asphalt shingles will absorb the sun's UV rays and convert them to heat. In fact, they can get up to 70 degrees hotter than the surrounding area.

Some of this heat will leak into your home and cause your AC unit to work harder just to keep your home comfortable. Slate and metal are naturally reflective, and will thus reflect some of the sun's energy away from your home. Moreover, slate and metal will weather better than asphalt shingles, so you shouldn't have to worry as much about repair and replacement costs. 

Sometimes paying more for a premium product is just about paying for a certain name or for something that looks tacky once a fad dies out. This is not the case when it comes to premium roofing. You really do get better value for your money. Thus, it makes sense to save up to buy a premium roof rather than to simply go for asphalt shingles simply because they cost less initially than other roofing materials. Contact Josh Lynch's Contracting for more information on roofing.