Original Article by: GAF Commercial
Your roof is central to your home's exterior aesthetic. Your roof style, shingle type, and color palette all work together with other architectural elements to give your home lasting curb appeal. When a beautiful home's exterior design successfully balances all of these elements, the results will bring satisfaction for years to come.
The Three Main Types of Asphalt Shingles
All the choices you make when designing your roof will have an impact on your home's overall look and feel. This includes your color palette, shingle shape, dimensionality, and considering specific styles that match your house's aesthetic and location. But knowing your basic roof building blocks—the types of shingles available—is the best way to begin making an informed decision. GAF shingles
provide an array of options within the three main categories of asphalt shingles: 3-tab architectural, and designer.
3-Tab or Strip Shingles
With a single layer of asphalt-coated fiberglass, 3-tab, or strip shingles are a straightforward, attractive, and economical roofing option. These shingles are perfect for budget-conscious homeowners, and also offer a simple counterpoint to homes with busy siding, mixed materials, or vibrant colors.
come in a myriad of colors and finishes—such as an enhanced shadow effect reminiscent of wood or slate. They can also include pragmatic features, including algae-fighting technology
to help prevent algae stains, or high reflectivity that may help reduce under-roof attic temperatures. The wide variety of architectural shingles makes it possible to achieve your ideal home exterior design seamlessly.
Architectural shingles—such as GAF Timberline® Shingles
—combine visual appeal, performance, and dependability, making them a popular all-round option.
As the name suggests, Designer Shingles
come with the most sophisticated designs and luxurious color palettes—as well as extra-upscale finishes intended to imitate traditional roofing materials such as slate or wood. Fortunately, not only do modern designer shingles look as good as these traditional shingle types, but they also come at a fraction of cost.