Here in Central Florida, lots of people are under the impression that they need to have a shingle roof that looks like everyone else’s in order to maintain the value of their home.
Luckily, the truth is different. Shingle roofs are available in a growing variety of colors, and you can choose any one of them you want when you order your new roof.
In the Sunshine State and throughout most of the rest of the U.S., shingle roofing is the most common residential roofing type. While residential metal roofing is growing in popularity, the vast majority of new roof orders are for high-quality shingle.
There are several good reasons why shingle roofs have continued to be in demand:
1. A Shingle Roof Can Be Your Most Affordable New Roof Option
The total cost of your new roof depends largely on the square footage of the roof and the materials you choose. All in all, shingle is the most budget-friendly new roof you can buy. However, that doesn’t mean shingle is a “second place” option. A sound shingle roof is both beautiful and reliable.
If cost is a concern, you might wish to look at asphalt shingles before any other kind. Asphalt shingles contain multiple layers of material, which strengthens them. An asphalt-coated fiberglass mat is the secret to this kind of shingle’s durability and versatility. Plus, they are the easiest kind to work with.
2. Shingle Roofing Is Easy to Care For and Has a Low Cost of Ownership
Any roofing professional worthy of the name will understand how to care for a shingle roof. Likewise, it is usually easy for homeowners to spot signs of damage or deterioration in a shingle roof that they may need to get replaced.
When shingles get cracked, bruised, or otherwise come to harm, they should be removed and replaced. The biggest weakness of any roof system is the fasteners that help hold elements in place; since shingle roofs use simple roofing nails, fastener problems are easily avoided.
3. Repairs and Maintenance Can Extend the Life of Your New Shingle Roof
Some types of roof can age prematurely due to the harsh Florida sun and rough weather. With shingle roofs, you will get the most value if you schedule an annual roof inspection. Many shingle roof manufacturers advertise their products with a lifespan of about 20 years, with 30 being the maximum.
Maintenance may take only a few hours a year, but can save you plenty of money.
4. There Are Several Different Kinds of Shingle to Choose From
Asphalt shingles are the most common type of roof shingle, but not the only kind by any means. You can also choose composite shingles, which have their own special performance qualities. Composite shingles are made from a wide range of different materials that have been compacted together.
The average composite shingle includes a number of recycled plastics, rubber, and paper products as well as asphalt and fiberglass. Compared to asphalt shingles, these have a much lower environmental impact. When they are no longer fit for use, they can commonly be recycled all over again.
Composite shingles are lauded for their ability to mimic other roofing materials by creating a greater sense of texture in the roof. If you want a roof that resembles slate or clay tile, for example, you are probably going to need composite shingles to form the basis of your look.
Naturally, you will save thousands of dollars with this method over buying clay or slate.
Architectural or dimensional shingles are a form of asphalt shingle that use multiple layers of material for a three-dimensional effect that is, of course, particularly striking from ground level. Among these, the most sophisticated are referred to as designer shingles and also boast high wind resistance.
Although there are plenty of options to choose from in the world of roof replacement, odds are good your new roof will be a shingle roof of some kind. Manufacturers have taken notice of the enduring popularity of shingle, and they are working harder to make them available in more colors.
Now, you can choose from a spectrum of shingle colors as diverse as the rainbow.
GAF Timberline Shingles Look Beautiful and Raise the Value of Your Home
One reason why so many people are reluctant to express their personal style in their roof is the old advice that the roof needs to “blend in” with the rest of the neighborhood to be saleable. But a study conducted in 2019 among nearly 400 real estate professionals and appraisers tells a different story.
According to survey participants, choosing GAF Timberline shingles for your roof can raise the value of your home by an average of 10%. And in addition to their outstanding quality, the Timberline shingle model is known for its deep and vibrant colors.
GAF is one of the most trusted roofing manufacturing firms worldwide. It claims that Timberline is used by more homes than any alternative in North America. When you go with GAF, you know you are getting roofing materials designed to stand the test of time.
Both your home and the environment will benefit.
GAF knows that many people think twice before choosing a shingle color that really resonates with them. So, they often showcase the latest colors and show off examples of homes that use them. At Sheegog Contracting, we have years of experience with GAF products and recommend them highly.
If you are considering a fresh look for your new roof, you can’t go wrong with them.
With GAF’s Timberline Shingles, You Have More Color Options Than Ever Before
GAF’s proprietary color blends tower over the rest of the industry for their ability to deliver dimensional looks – architectural style with practical, affordable pricing. One of the secrets of GAF is its deep shadow effect, which has not been duplicated by any of its competitors.
So, which color should you choose for your new roof in Central Florida?
Your roof is one of the biggest factors in that all-important first impression and the “curb appeal” that results. Although it’s impossible to see all of the roof from any angle, it is the biggest single surface of the home. As a result, you want to choose a color you will be truly happy with for years to come.
Before making a final color selection, consider how it will go with your exterior wall colors as well as your door and any trim or accent colors. If you are planning to change your exterior paint, be sure to do that before you finalize your roof selection. This way, you know exactly how it will look.
GAF offers more than a dozen color choices in the Timberline shingle model. The best way to get familiar with all of them is to talk to your local roofer in Central Florida. But, based on the latest trends, there are some that are in high demand. Many homeowners will find these are the right colors for them.
Let’s take a closer look:
Driftwood is one of the most popular of the Timberline “wood grain” varieties, which include Birchwood, Barkwood, Hickory, Shakewood, and Weathered Wood. These provide different shades of brown, green, and red that emulate the natural look of wooden shingles.
Wooden shingles cannot be used throughout most of Florida, even inland. Sea salt air easily disrupts them, and the Florida roof rat and other pests can quickly destroy them. But with these colors, you’ll have the style of natural wood along with the unbeatable substance of Timberline shingles.
Of all these different options, Driftwood is in a class of its own because of the sedate, highly “Floridian” color palette it can lend to a home. It works well with subtle colors of brown, green, and gold. It also pairs beautifully with neutral colors, including the “greige” highly popular with real estate agents.
Driftwood has an understated elegance. It doesn’t match the high-energy, vibrant hues of some of the other Timberline selections. This makes it a good pick if you are not sure about going with a bold color, but you still want to get away from a dated palette that may be 10+ years old.
2. Biscayne Blue
Biscayne Blue is dark, deep, and has a rich fullness to it that you can only get with a shade of blue. It is not the darkest blue around, but instead incorporates subtle variations of gray and green. This leaves you with a powerful visual impression that constantly reveals new depths as you look at it.
Central Florida homeowners love Biscayne Blue, and we tend to agree. After all, it recalls the sky and sea of gorgeous Biscayne Bay down in Miami-Dade. Even if you don’t get down to the beach that often, you can add an illustrious flair to your property with this color – especially good if you have lake frontage.
There’s no other color like Biscayne Blue in today’s GAF Timberline line-up. In fact, to stay on that side of the color wheel you would have to go with Oyster Gray or Pewter Gray. Both are distinguished colors in their own right, but nothing that exudes the same confidence as this pick.
Biscayne Blue can breathe new life into a home that uses white or has light and creamy colors in its current color scheme. Depending on the colors you pair it with, it can be energetic or calming. It’s especially important to see this tile in person before you make a selection.
3. Mission Brown
If you’ve ventured through the rest of Florida, you’ve no doubt seen Mission-style architecture. Closely associated with the Spanish colonial period and most frequently seen in the state’s south, the Mission style is best known for its clay roofs. These roofs are usually in a natural reddish color.
In modern times, clay roofs are some of the most sought after in the U.S. Southwest, and they do especially well in the heat and damp of Florida. An authentic clay tile roof may last for more than a century. However, they are a major investment and can be too heavy for some buildings.
To capture the same sophisticated sense of history in your own home, choose the Mission Brown color from GAF’s Timberline series. Mission Brown is a “true” brown – although it does not skate close to the traditional red, it still evokes the sun, sand, and serenity of a true Spanish mission.
Mission Brown makes a clear statement without being a scene-stealer. It can work well with many sets of colors. The dimensionality of Timberline shingles is on full display here. We recommend choosing a door that also complements the Mission style and sets the stage for your interior.
HONORABLE MENTION: Charcoal
What if you want to go with a darker, more understated color, but you don’t want anything that resembles a conventional brown or gray? The answer to this puzzle is Charcoal, and that’s not just because so many Central Florida homeowners love to spend time out on the grill each weekend.
As you would expect, Charcoal shows up as a very dark gray. Sometimes, darker roofs have problems with heat retention, as they are less able to reflect solar radiation – especially in the summer. But GAF has thought ahead, incorporating reflective granules throughout the shingles.
Charcoal brings gravitas without being too somber. However, it is important to set it off with the right colors in your exterior walls, door, and trim, including your window trim. It is not a good idea to be too blunt with ivory or eggshell-type hues in the exterior. Instead, go deep and rich throughout.
You might expect a color like Charcoal to be rather flat, but the quality of GAF Timberline shingles will surprise you. There are fine color variations within each individual shingle, yet they still hang together in a cohesive way when the entire roof is laid out.
Choose a GAF-Certified Expert Roofer for Your New Roof in Central Florida
As a GAF-Certified Master Elite Roofing Contractor, Sheegog Contracting has the distinction of knowing how to get the longest life and the best performance out of each and every GAF product on the market today. This comes from hundreds of successful roofing projects and thousands of hours of training.
Because we are so familiar with GAF, we are especially proud to be able to offer GAF Timberline shingles in their full range of colors for your new roof. Timberline is a truly exciting innovation in the world of roofing and it proves that your roof never has to be boring.
Just have a peek at some of the quality updates that set GAF Timberline apart from the competition:
1. GAF Stainguard Algae Protection
Algae is most common in South Florida, but it can happen in Central Florida as well, especially in lake country. Algae creates an unsightly, blue-green discoloration that’s tough to get rid of. With Stainguard technology, each shingle is supported by natural and safe defenses against algae growth.
2. GAF WindProven Limited Wind Warranty
Wind protection is a crucial consideration here in Florida. When you use the services of a GAF Master Elite Roofing Contractor, you can get all the necessary installation expertise that qualifies you for this industry first: The only wind warranty with no maximum wind speed limitation.
3. GAF LayerLock Technology
“LayerLock” is the underlying technology that makes it possible for GAF to offer its unique wind warranty. With LayerLock, every shingle has a wide nail zone. This makes the roof easier to install and helps mitigate against problems with roofing nails that can be common with lower quality shingles.
4. GAF Lifetime Limited Warranty
All GAF shingles designated “Lifetime Shingles” qualify for a lifetime limited warranty. There’s also a variety of optional roofing accessories you can choose to protect with this warranty. It is simply one of the best offers anywhere in the roofing industry – and all the work is done for you.
Contact us today to find out more about the many options for your new roof.