Asphalt Shingles: A Showcase of Roofing Styles, Colors and Options

Asphalt shingles are one of the best values you can buy with regard to roofing materials for your home. They are simple to install, and their prices are reasonable, making their up-front cost relatively inexpensive. There are many types of asphalt singles, made by a range of manufacturers. You can select from a wide variety of colors and textures, depending on the style of your home. Most common is the traditional 3-tab asphalt shingle. But there are also architectural (or dimensional) shingles, which are thicker and add more contour to your roof, for greater overall curb appeal. First, determine your performance requirements and your budget. Then, take a look at all the choices out there to find what’s right for your roofing project.

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GAF Marquis WeatherMax


Three-tab shingles have been around a long time and are still the most popular and economical roofing today, thanks to products like GAF’s Marquis WeatherMax. Designed for homeowners who demand superior performance, classic detailing, and a traditional three-tab product, the super heavyweight design is made with an extra-strong Micro Weave® Core making it less resistant to tearing than standard shingles and better suited to bitter cold temperatures.

Owens Corning Supreme® AR

Owens Corning

Supreme® AR three-tab shingles from Owens Corning are the smart choice when you need to balance curb appeal, weather resistance and value. These shingles are engineered to resist roof discoloration from algae growth, are wind resistant up to 60 MPH, and have a Class A UL fire rating. Their scalloped edges and shadow lines provide a unique depth and richness to complement any home.

CertainTeed XT™25


If you’re looking for a traditional three-tab asphalt shingle built to weather the elements, the XT™25 from CertainTeed is a worthy contender—particularly as it was rated #1 shingle and “best buy” by a leading consumer products magazine. Built on a super tough fiberglass base and backed with a 25-year transferable Limited warranty, the shingles come in 13 colors—with Star White qualifying for an energy tax credit of up to $1500 under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. For more information, visit the CertainTeed Energy Tax Credit page.

GAF Camelot®


Camelot® is GAF’s top-of-the-line fiberglass asphalt shingle, but it is still only a fraction of the cost of real slate or wood shake roofing. Featuring a multi-layer design and nine distinctive color blends, the ultra-thick appearance offers maximum “curb appeal.” Other features, like ultra-high performance Micro Weave® and StainGuard® Protection, make this fiberglass asphalt shingle a smart investment in long-lasting beauty and protection.

CertainTeed Carriage House™


Unique scalloped edges and the look of hand-craftsmanship are just two of the distinguishing features of the Carriage House™ architectural shingle from CertainTeed. The super-heavyweight shingle offers premium performance and the pride and prestige of scalloped slate, perfectly suited for steeply pitched roofs. The shingles are available in eight colors and come with a Lifetime, limited transferable warranty.

Tamko Heritage® Vintage


The random-cut sawtooth design of the Tamko Heritage® Vintage shingle prevents the unsightly “zipper” pattern of similarly styled roofing products. Made with a double-layer fiberglass mat for strength, the Heritage shingle is coated on
both sides with weathering-grade asphalt and topped with ceramic mineral granules. A self-sealing asphalt strip is also built into the shingle for added wind resistance. Heritage® comes with a 30-year Limited warranty.

Owens Corning TruDefinition™ Duration®

Owens Corning

Don’t overlook the power of using color on your roof to help coordinate exterior accents like paint, trim and even landscaping. TruDefinition™ Duration® Designer Colors Collection Shingles from Owens Corning can bring it all together—helping to improve your home’s aesthetics and perceived value—with maximum vibrancy and color.

GAF Timberline® Cool Series


Thanks to modern reflective technology, you can join the green revolution with products like GAF’s Timberline® Cool Series. The shingles use specially-designed roofing granules that have greater reflectance than traditional shingles. The result—less heat to the space below to keep you cooler in the summer. Timberline® Cool Series shingles are also made with the patented StainGuard® algae protection to assure the beauty of your roof against unsightly blue-green algae.

CertainTeed Highland Slate™


CertainTeed’s Highland Slate™ has the look, texture and tone of natural slate with a dark shadow line to accentuate its appeal from the curb. Each tab is individually colored by state-of-the-art Precision Color technology to provide a rich, deep hue. Built to perform best when the weather is worst, the shingles are available in six colorations and come with a Lifetime, limited transferable warranty.

Owens Corning Oakridge®

Owens Corning

For the look of a weathered shake roof consider the Oakridge® laminated asphalt shingles from Owens Corning. Available in seven colors—including an Energy Star-rated Shasta White—the shingle offers a warm, distinctive look that is a step up from the traditional three-tab shingle. Oakridge® is manufactured for both wind- and algae-resistance and comes with a limited lifetime warranty.