Meet Your Color Expert HGTV’s Genevieve Gorder

Colors That
Tell Your Story

Learn what colors say with HGTV’s color expert Genevieve Gorder.

Royal Sovereign – Charcoal
White
Spanish
Moss
Dark
Oak
Sage
Wood
River
Rock
Golden
Beige
Touch Or Click A Color Option Above To Explore Color Advice

White

“White implies purity and gentleness. This simple yet beautiful hue is the perfect neutral – its basic, warm white color complements both warm and cool tones. White works well with all GAF shingle colors for a simple color scheme, and is a great companion to the more colorful shingle hues of blue, green, gold and red.”

Spanish Moss

“This warm green signifies progress, rejuvenation and wellbeing. It can be found everywhere in nature and is a refreshing restful color reminiscent of spring. Spanish Moss is a modern take on an old favorite, and is one that loves to join the gold, red, black, and warm gray shingle colors.”

Dark Oak

“Dark Oak resembles kindliness and approachability. This darker shade has a hint of green that creates a happy family when used with the warm brown, gold, red and warm gray shingle color families.”

SageWood

“This mid-tone beige symbolizes determination, outgoingness and loyalty. It has the patina of weathered wood, one of the most popular and desirable looks for exterior surfaces. Sagewood is a bridge color joining the warm and cool shingle color families and is a charming addition to warm brown, gold and red shingles.”

River Rock

“This down-to-earth lighter brown signifies solidity. Since brown is one of the most popular exterior hues, this light version is an ideal companion for most tones. River Rock works well with dark and warm brown shingle colors for a monochromatic scheme and is a contrasting hue for the red, blue and green shingle color families. ”

Golden Beige

“Golden Beige is the perfect blend of the warmth of brown and the crisp, coolness of white. This hue soothes your senses and eases your mind. Golden Beige provides a simple yet elegant contrast with all brown shingle colors and can be a change of pace when used with the red and blue shingle color families.”

What Your
House Wants

HGTV’s Carter Oosterhouse shows you styles that bring out the best in your architecture.

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Colonial

"Colonial-style homes have a very square and typically more symmetrical look to them. This style is prevalent in the Northeast and Central areas, although it can be found anywhere in North America. The slate-look family of shingles is the best fit for this style (and is an indigenous roofing material that can be found in the Central and Northeast regions, where Colonial architecture is very popular). Darker colors such as grays and blacks with hints of red, blue, or other accents are a great fit for this type of home."

The following shingles are recommended for this architectural style home:Slateline , Camelot, Camelot II

Craftsman

"Arguably one of the most popular architecture styles in the Western part of the United States, the Craftsman style looks great with wood-shake look shingles. Because of the style of these homes, the earth tones are a great match from a color perspective such as grays, greens, and lighter browns."

The following shingles are recommended for this architectural style home: Timberline, Grand Sequoia, Grand Canyon

French Country

"French Country style uses several different exterior siding combinations that create an exciting exterior portfolio. The extensive use of stone and other masonry products incorporates many different accent colors, therefore various types of shingles and colors will look good with this type of home. For a more conservative look, stick with more natural browns and grays."

The following shingles are recommended for this architectural style home: Camelot, Camelot II, Slateline, Woodland

Mediterranean

"Mediterranean/Tuscan architectural homes have a very elaborate appearance with lavish accents that require a premium-looking roof to match. Typical color roof choices for this style of home are warmer browns, reds, and reddish hues, as well as some dark grays."

The following shingles are recommended for this architectural style home: Monaco, Grand Sequoia, Grand Canyon

Modern

"Found in varied neighborhoods across the nation, the Modern/Contemporary home steps away from traditional architecture with its stripped-down house plan. This style home, with its irregular or unusually shaped frame, stands out due to its clean lines and lack of ornamental details. It emphasizes open, flexible spaces and large, expansive windows, often incorporating materials such as stainless steel, polished marble, and chrome."

The following shingles are recommended for this architectural style home: Slateline

Mountain

""Mountain homes celebrate the rustic beauty of such natural materials as native stone, rough timbers, and even recycled barn wood. These homes feature bold columns and beams, intermediate-pitched roofs, large overhangs, and massive fireplaces and chimneys. They are designed to be part of their environment, incorporating the landscape into the home and the outdoor living areas.""

The following shingles are recommended for this architectural style home: Grand Canyon, Grand Sequoia

Ranch

" This was one of the most dominant architectural styles in the United States from the 1960s through present-day architecture. Ranch-style homes are characterized by their one-story design with very low-pitched roofs and very long, spread-out floor plans. In most cases, the roof will be larger than that of a two-story home, so the roof can have a big impact on the look of the home. Both style and color choices are widespread, as this architectural style matches a large variety of shingle styles and colors. Neutral tones are safe bets for this home."

The following shingles are recommended for this architectural style home: Grand Sequoia, Grand Canyon, Timberline

Shingle Style

"Uniquely American in its architecture, the Shingle Style home features exterior walls that are uniformly covered with shingles. This style puts more emphasis on volume and horizontal lines, and less on variety in color and materials. It is known for its asymmetrical shape, multiple eaves and gables, lack of ornamental details, and free-flowing, open plan.* "

The following shingles are recommended for this architectural style home: Camelot, Camelot II, Woodland

Tudor

"Tudor-style homes, with their steep-pitched roofs, are great for showing off an elegant roof style. They are typically found in the Northeast and Central areas and have muted tones on the front facade, accented with brown or gray cross-gables. When choosing your roof color, think about warm grays and browns that will complement the rest of the house. "

The following shingles are recommended for this architectural style home: Slateline, Camelot

Victorian

"Victorian Style homes’ ornate designs and bold color choices are most complementary with slate-looking shingles. Regarding color, a bolder palette featuring colors such as reds, greens, or blended grays provides a strong contrast to the rest of the home’s color scheme and architecture."

The following shingles are recommended for this architectural style home: Sienna, Slateline


Mix & Match Roof Makeover

Try different shingle and trim “separates” on a home like yours – or upload your own photo.

Finding a roof that fits your wants and needs is now as easy as trying on different outfits: start with a house style similar to yours, or use a picture of your own house. Either way, you’ll find this interactive experience both rewarding and fun.

Express Your Personal
Style

Click the shoe that’s You to see which GAF shingles accessorize your home.

Rugged
Luxurious
Classic
Regal
Traditional
Bella
Fashionable
Rugged
Luxurious
Classic
Regal
Traditional
Bella
Fashionable
Rugged

You’ve got a ton of confidence with a unique sense of style. You’re almost never inside your home - you enjoy being outdoors and taking risks. When designing your home, you want a roof that reflects your sense of adventure and rugged individualism.

Explore Grand Canyon and Grand Sequoia

Luxurious

Splendor is your middle name! You are elegant and charismatic, with an impeccable sense of style. Your individualism shows in your clothes. Every object around your house shows that you don’t settle for anything but the best.

Explore Camelot Shingles

Classic

You are exhilarating, confident and popular. You enjoy company, including four legged ones. You believe every detail of a house defines its owner … even the kind of shingle that beautifully frames your home.

Explore Timberline HD & GAF Woodland Shingles

Regal

You express yourself through your hands. When decorating your home, you like to go with an earthy palette with the sophisticated touch of hand made items. You want to see it on your roof.

Explore Sienna & Camelot II Shingles

Traditional

You are extremely detailed, accountable, and trustworthy. No one can deny that you are well-organized and pay close attention to detail – especially when it comes to design. Your love for color and style is reflected in your new roof.

Explore Timberline Natural Shadow & Slateline Shingles

Bella

You never settle for the expected and obvious. You like surprises and enjoy surprising others. You enjoy adding personal touches to every corner of your house to create a sense of uniqueness … including your roof.

Explore Monaco Shingles

Fashionable

You are independent, unique and strong-minded. You like what’s new and fresh. You make your own imprint as soon as you walk into your new house. It’s the reason you wanted your new roof to be just as unique as you are.

Explore Grand Canyon and Grand Sequoia

Tips From
HGTV's Carter Oosterhouse
1. Options
When it comes to selecting a new roof, sometimes the number of options can be overwhelming for a homeowner. If you're unsure about what style of shingle to go with, my go-to is the Timberline® HD® line of shingles. Not only is the quality impeccable, but the look is clean and timeless.
2. Architectural Style
I always tell homeowners to make sure your roof matches the architectural style of the home. For example, a Modern/Contemporary style home lends itself to the clean lines of design of Slateline®, while on a Ranch-style home I would select something with a lot of dimension like the wood-shake look of Timberline®.
3. Budget
When you're replacing your roof, while style is important, it also has to align with your budget. GAF's selection of Timberline® HD® Shingles is going to be a great option on any budget, but if you have a roof that's pitched steeply or has unique architectural character, you may want to invest in one of the Designer Value Collection Shingles such as Camelot® II, Woodland® or Sienna, to feature that element and really make it stand out.
4. Visualize
Sometimes homeowners have a difficult time making a decision on a new roof, because they can't visualize the final product. The style of the home may lend itself to a certain type of shingle, but at the end of the day it's got to fit your personal style. The Virtual Home Remodeler allows you to pick the style of home that most resembles your own (or even upload your own photo), and play with all of the options until you find what works for you. Mix and match, and don't be afraid to experiment.. You might be surprised by what you like.
Tips From
HGTV's Genevieve Gorder
How To Choose The Right Color
I think the roof is often an overlooked element in the exterior design planning of a home. The roof, on the exterior is similar to your floors in the interior, they both make up about 30% of the surface area, so what you choose has a big impact on the aesthetic as a whole. So, how do you choose the right color for your home? Here are a couple of tips to make it easier:

Where do you live?

If you live in a warmer climate, lighter colored shingles will reflect heat while in a cooler climate, darker shingles will help retain heat.

What colors are in your palette?

I don't like it when shingles "match" the exteriors main color. Look for the 4 or 5 other colors that exist within the exterior and pull one to compliment the primary color of your home. Look at the grout between the brick, the color of the stones within your landscaping, the highlights and low lights of the eaves, porch colors, etc. Create a little juxtaposition between the house color and the roof color.

What are the colors of your environment?

Depending on what region you live in, the colors of your landscape will vary greatly. Let your roof color blend into the nature of your environment for a more seamless, natural aesthetic.