How to choose roofing shingles
Consider your needs and preferences
The best roofing shingles for your home will meet your budget, provide the durability your roof
needs, and create the curb appeal you want.
All GAF shingles are designed to help protect your home from the elements.
GAF Advanced Protection Shingles
If wind is a significant part of your area’s weather patterns, our most popular Timberline® Shingles offer all-around durability and performance. And now, Timberline® Shingles with LayerLock™ Technology may qualify for WindProven™ Limited Wind Warranty, the industry’s first wind warranty with no maximum speed limitation when installed with the required combination of GAF accessories.1
Concerned about hail? Impact-resistant shingles like Grand Sequoia® AS and Timberline® AS II may be good options if your area is impacted by significant hail storms. They have rubber-like flexibility, allowing them to recover from impact.
If heavy sun exposure and energy efficiency are concerns in your area, check out our GAF Timberline Cool Series Shingles. The highly reflective shingles of these cool roofs can help reduce temperatures in your attic and keep your house cooler.
If you are in a region with high moisture and plagued by blue-green algae discoloration, consider Timberline UHD™ shingles with StainGuard Plus®.
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Roofs are a key and often-underestimated part of a home’s look. They can represent up to 40% of curb appeal, so it’s important to consider style and color.
Our shingles fit with both current and historical home designs. Looking for a roof that works well with your home and complements what’s in your community? Start by looking at similar homes in your neighborhood and take note of their roofing shingles. Contractors can help you identify the products.
Find the match for your home by sorting shingles by architectural style. Here are a few examples:
GAF shingles come in a range of colors. Consider a color that complements your house or neighborhood. Neutrals are always safe — and enduring — if you don’t have a preference. Or, start with our most popular shades: Weathered Wood, Charcoal, Pewter Gray, Barkwood, and Shakewood, and be sure to try the color on with our Virtual Remodeler.
Using GAF high-quality shingles is the first part of protecting your roofing investment. GAF offers a variety of warranties so you can choose the right level of coverage for your project, plus workmanship coverage is available through GAF Master Elite Roofing Contractors.
Important Tip: Regardless of where you live, check local ordinances and codes, especially if you belong to a Home Owner Association (HOA), to find out if homes in your area are required to use certain types of roofing materials. Your local roofer may also be a good resource on this topic.
What will my roof look like?Use one of our preselected homes or upload a picture of your own home to view shingle styles and colors on your house, and find the perfect roof for you.
Have a flat roof with no shingles?It is common for homes in urban areas or arid regions to have flat or “low-slope” roofs. GAF offers a full line of roofing solutions for all roof types. Connect with your local GAF certified contractor to discuss your specific repair or replacement needs.
Types of Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt are the most popular shingles in the U.S. because they’re affordable to buy, install, and maintain. They are made from a sturdy fiberglass base, coated with waterproof asphalt and tiny granules of ceramic-coated mineral.
The asphalt shingles you look at will fall into one of three main categories: 3-tab, architectural, and designer shingles. While these types mostly differ in look, some may offer better durability as well.
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**StainGuard Plus™ Time-Release technology and 25-year ltd. warranty against blue-green algae discoloration available only on Timberline Ultra HD® shingles sold in packages bearing the StainGuard Plus™ logo. Does not apply to Timberline Ultra HD® Reflector Series™ Shingles. See GAF Shingle & Accessory Ltd. Warranty for complete coverage and restrictions.