Choosing the Best Roofing Shingles for Your Home

The right roofing shingles for your home will meet your budget, provide the durability your roof needs, and create the curb appeal you want.

Your Budget

Your roof may be one of the largest investments you make in your home, and with so many types and styles, you can find shingles that will fit a range of budgets.

Roofing Shingles

3-tab shingles come in various colors adding beauty and protection. ​​Architectural shingles also known as “dimensional” or “laminate” shingles are manufactured with multiple layers of asphalt fused on top of each other. The result is a richer, multidimensional quality that looks a bit like wood or slate roofing. 

Designer shingles, often called “premium” or “luxury” shingles, typically offer the highest-end multidimensional designs, premium protection from weathering, and maximum energy efficiency. Designer shingles take on the most realistic look of old-world roofing materials.

Long-term durability

All GAF shingles are designed to help protect your home from the elements.

If the wind is common in your area’s weather patterns, our most popular Timberline® Shingles offer all-around durability and performance.  Timberline® Shingles with LayerLock™ Technology may qualify for WindProven™ Limited Wind Warranty, the industry’s first wind warranty with no maximum speed limit when installed with the required combination of GAF accessories.

If your area is impacted by hail storms, Impact-resistant shingles like the Grand Sequoia® AS and Timberline® AS II could be good options. They have rubber-like flexibility, allowing them to recover from the impact.

If heavy sun exposure and energy efficiency are concerns in your area, look at the GAF Timberline® Cool Series Shingles. The highly reflective shingles of these heat-reducing roofs can help reduce temperatures in your attic and keep your house cooler.

If you are in a region with high moisture, you can help prevent roof stains with GAF Time-Release Algae-Fighting Technology, built into Timberline HDZ® shingles.

Important Tip: Wherever 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.

Curb Appeal

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.


Shingles fit with both current and historical home designs. Start by looking at similar homes in your neighborhood and take note of their roofing shingles. We can help you identify the products.

Find the best match for your home by sorting shingles by architectural style.


GAF shingles come in a range of colors. Consider a color that complements your house or neighborhood. Neutral colors are always a safe choice 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.

Ongoing Protection

Using 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.