GAF Shingle Reviews: Pros & Cons Of GAF's Premium Shingles
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GAF Shingle Reviews: Pros And Cons Of GAF’s Premium Shingles

Posted by Northface Construction

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 GAF shingle reviews where we cover 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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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❌ Cons of GAF Shingles:

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:

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Getting the Most Out of GAF Shingles

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.


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