As a GAF Master Elite Certified Contractor, we’re biased towards choosing GAF shingles for roofs we install—and rightfully so. But in the end, we know the decision is ultimately in the customer’s hands, so we find it imperative to give honest reviews of the products we use. Plus, nothing is 100% perfect, especially regarding roofing shingles.
So today, we are going through the pros and cons of GAF’s premium shingles to help homeowners and contractors alike decide whether this brand is worthy of their time and energy. We like to say so, but you can be the judge.
What Are GAF Shingles?
GAF was born out of great manufacturing techniques and iterations, starting in the late 1800s. What started as The Standard Company, where RU-BER-OID Roofing was invented, eventually became a leading manufacturer of rubber roll roofing, asphalt shingles, and eventually the first interlocking asphalt shingles in the 1930s. They even had a stint at manufacturing film, cameras, and the famous ViewFinder of the 1980s.
The 90s and 2000s brought considerable advancements to their roofing products, including their High Definition® Shingles, self-adhering TPO membranes, and more energy-efficient shingles.
Today, the company’s products are sold through over 20,000 authorized dealers worldwide. They proudly stand behind their products with solid warranties that cover workmanship mistakes as well as product defects. And their constant innovation efforts mean customers continue getting better and more sustainable products year by year.
All of these reasons, and more, are why Northface Construction (and many others) choose to utilize GAF Shingles for all roofing projects.
Popular Types of GAF Shingles
GAF does not rely on just one type of shingles; in fact, they have tons of options—all for various needs, purposes, and budgets.
Timberline Is Their Most Popular Shingle Line
Timberline® shingles are the #1 most used shingle in America, and GAF offers two versions for optimal performance and quality. Their Timberline® HDZ™ line is High Definition shingles with Layer Lock shingles and the first interlocking shingles for asphalt. They’re an excellent option for anyone looking for a basic but high-quality asphalt shingle with many color options for their home.
Their other Timberline® line is the Timberline® AH Shingle. These shingles are a leveled-up version of the HDZ shingles, including unique StainGuard Plus™ Time-Release Algae-Fighting Technology. For homeowners concerned about algae growth on their roof and want a higher quality asphalt shingle should definitely go with these.
Designer Shingles: Slateline™ and Camelot II™
GAF’s designer lines are at the very high end of cost but are an incredible option for anyone with that budget. Slate shingles are one of the most expensive but longest-lasting roofing materials on the market today.
Lasting more than 100 years, they’re also one of the earliest forms of shingles as well. But natural slate is not for everyone for either aesthetics or cost—but GAF Slateline™ Shingles are. These shingles look like elegant slate shingles but at a fraction of the cost.
Meanwhile, the Camelot II™ Shingles are a beautiful luxury line of shingles that come with custom colors designed unique for GAF and cost a hair more than generic architectural shingles. For a quality designer shingle, these are your best bet.
Royal Sovereign 3-Tab Shingles
And last, but definitely not least, GAF’s Royal Sovereign 3-Tab Shingles. These shingles were designed with affordability and durability in mind. They’re the perfect option for anyone who needs a quality but affordable 3-tab asphalt shingle that will stand up to weather and elements. They also come in great colors that go with just about any home exterior.
Pros and Cons of GAF Shingles
Like any product, shingles come with their fair share of cons in comparison to all of the pros we’ve listed so far. GAF is not immune to cons for their shingles, and we believe that for homeowners or contractors to choose the absolute best shingle for their business, they need to know all of the info. We’ll start with the good stuff—the pros of GAF shingles.
✅ Pros of GAF Shingles:
- Options that suit any budget. GAF shingles are affordable for anyone needing a new roof, from expensive premium to basic lines for the everyday homeowner.
- Amazing warranties. All GAF shingles include a LIFETIME limited warranty. Plus, there are five comprehensive warranties, including their Golden Pledge Limited Warranty that includes a 25-year workmanship warranty.
- Most of their warranties are transferable.
- Their Stainguard™ technology protects shingles against algae growth and staining over time.
- They have stringent requirements for certified contractors, which ensures companies like Northface Construction know their shingles in and out and can install them without fail.
❌ Cons of GAF Shingles:
- Contractors have seen issues with granule loss. Although some granule loss is normal, GAF shingles can come defective and cause more than usual.
- Homeowners may have trouble getting enhanced warranties or transferring due to some small print.
- They can be on the more expensive end of things—more so than other popular shingle brands.
- Warranties are often dependent on the other materials used to install the shingles. Contractors must follow those specific manufacturing rules to uphold those warranties and protection.
How Should a Quality Shingle Perform?
Overall, there are some vital components to look for when choosing a good quality shingle for your home. A good shingle should:
- Have a clear, broad nailing strip for ease and accuracy during installation.
- Have thick granules to provide extra protection from the elements.
- Have excellent manufacturer warranties that protect for at least 15 years against defects.
- Include many color and styles options for homeowners to be able to boost their curb appeal.
- Have durability against leaks, hail, and wind damage.
Overall, GAF’s shingles are a lot of bang for your buck with their warranties and high-quality shingles. We at Northface Construction know these shingles inside and out, and we’ve only had the best experiences with them as a company.
We believe GAF shingles are the best option for our customers because they deserve the best. To get started on your GAF shingle installation, reach out here! We can’t wait to get you the roof you deserve.