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Different Types of Roofing Shingles

Shingle is a popular roofing option in Tampa Bay for many reasons. Learn the different types of roofing shingles so...

Different Types of Roofing Shingles
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Shingle is a popular roofing option in Tampa Bay for many reasons. Learn the different types of roofing shingles to make more informed decisions.

So you have decided to install roofing shingles for your home. That's great! But are you familiar with different types of roofing shingles? Today's blog post will discuss the available shingle materials in the Tampa Bay area. That should help you narrow your list and choose the best roof shingles type for your home or property.

Remember that your roofing system protects your most valuable investment-- your home! So avoid impulsive buying and do more extensive research! Read this guide to help you make more informed roofing decisions! Let's begin.

What is Asphalt Roofing?

Regarding residential Roofing, asphalt shingle is still on the list among homeowners. Known for their durability and versatility, asphalt shingles are also cost-effective. That's why many residents in Tampa Bay prefer this roofing option. However, they are more than just economical. Asphalt shingle roofing systems have come a long way since the early 90s.

Today, asphalt roofing shingles come in various styles and colors, making it easier to mix and match the overall design of your home or property. Fiberglass and organic are the two most popular asphalt roofing materials.

The basic components of an asphalt shingle roofing system include the following:

  • Base mat
  • Underlayment
  • Ice and water barriers
  • Starter shingles
  • Hip and ridge
  • Ventilation system

Why Choose Asphalt Roofing Shingles

There are several reasons you should go for the asphalt shingle roof. However, keep in mind that it's still advisable to weigh your options. To help you make informed decisions, let's look at some of the pros and cons of asphalt shingles.

Types of Asphalt Shingles From GAF, the Leading Roofing Manufacturer

GAF is North America's leading manufacturer of commercial and residential roofing materials. They've been in the industry for over 130 years, innovating new roofing materials and developing existing methods.

While there are many roof shingles, such as metal roof shingles and wood shingles, GAF specializes in asphalt shingles. And as a GAF Master Elite roofing contractor, Affordable Roofing Systems offers these top-of-the-line products. Here are the three main types of roof shingles manufactured by GAF:

Architectural: Timberline Lifetime Shingles Collection

Architectural shingles, also called dimensional shingles, have multiple layers of asphalt-coated fiberglass laminated together. This asphalt shingle roof was designed to look like wood shingles but without the hazard. This makes it a popular choice among homeowners who want to improve the value of their homes.

Types of Asphalt Shingles From GAF

Timberline HDZ

Hailed as America's No.1 selling shingle, Timberline HDZ shingles were the first of their kind that had a wind warranty with no maximum wind speed limitation. They also feature the industry's widest nail zone, allowing roofers to install the shingles faster and more efficiently.

The Timberline HDZ utilizes LayerLock® Technology which mechanically fastens the shingles together, making them more durable against strong winds. This line of shingles also has GAF Time-Release Algae-Fighting Technology, which protects your roof with powerful algae resistance. And as the name implies, Timberline Lifetime Shingles come with a lifetime warranty if you install it with at least three qualifying GAF accessories.

Timberline UHD

If you want a thicker, ultra-dimensional wood-shake look on your roof, then the Timberline UHD is for you. The Timberline UHD shingles feature proprietary color blends and enhanced shadow effects to create this eye-catching dimensionality on a thick shingle.

This roofing shingle also has a Class A roofing fire rating. It was also designed with Advanced Protection® Shingle Technology which reduces the use of natural resources, and Dura Grip™ Adhesive to reduce the risk of shingle blow-0ff. And just like Timberline HDZ, Timberline UHD also uses GAF Time-Release Algae-Fighting Technology which helps prevent algae stains on your roof.

Timberline NS

Want to improve your home's curb appeal or resale value without breaking the bank? The Timberline NS can help.

The Timberline NS roofing shingle has a classic shadow effect, creating a subtle, even-toned look with the warmth of wood. And just like the other roofing shingles on this line, The Timberline NS was also designed with Advanced Protection® Shingle Technology and Dura Grip™ Adhesive.

Timberline CS

The Timberline CS is GAF's most reflective shingle. Its modern reflective technology can help reduce attic temperatures during summer, which in turn helps homeowners save on air-conditioning costs. Moreover, some utility companies may offer rebates for cool shingles.

Designer: Lifetime Designer Shingles Collection

If you want luxury asphalt shingles for only a fraction of the cost, then GAF Lifetime Designer Shingles might be the ones for you.

The Designer roofing shingles are developed to look like slate tiles or wood shake shingles. They also have an impressive selection of shapes and custom color palettes to meet homeowners' unique styles and preferences.

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon® Lifetime Shingles are the ultimate choice if you want a rugged wood-shake look on your roof. They are also made with GAF's Advanced Protection® Shingle Technology. So, in addition to incredible depth and dimension, you can also expect excellent protection for your home.

Camelot II

The Camelot II shingles have an artisan-crafted slate-like shape. And combine that with oversized tabs and custom palettes, these shingles will help you conjure beautiful, romantic European architecture—without breaking your budget.

Camelot II was also created with Advanced Protection® Shingle Technology and GAF Time-Release Algae-Fighting Technology for long-lasting protection for your home.

Grand Sequoia

If you're aiming for a rustic style that keeps you connected with the natural environment, the Grand Sequoia® Lifetime Designer Shingles are for you.

Just like the other shingles in the Designer line, the Grand Sequoia features an artisan-crafted design and a custom color palette. It also utilizes GAF's Advanced Protection® Shingle Technology, Time-Release Algae-Fighting Technology, and Dura Grip™ Adhesive. So, in addition to the sophisticated design, your home will have excellent protection.


Choosing Woodland® Shingles is like traveling back in time to recreate the natural beauty of hand-cut European shingles. Woodland's subtle blends and contrasting colors were designed exclusively for GAF by Patricia Verlodt, a color industry expert. And since GAF manufactures Woodland shingles, you can expect them to be created with Advanced Protection® Shingle Technology and the Time-Release Algae-Fighting Technology.


The Slateline® shingles feature bold shadow lines and tapered cut-outs. This mimics the dramatic look of slate tiles without the cost.

And just like the other roofing shingles on this line, Stateline offers excellent protection with its Advanced Protection® Shingle Technology and GAF Time-Release Algae-Fighting Technology.

Note About Three-tab Shingles

Three-tab is a single, flat layer made from a fiberglass mat and coated with asphalt. This type of roofing shingle got its name from three asphalt tabs placed evenly on the lower edge of each shingle. When installed, these tabs will fit together like puzzle pieces.

While we understand that Three-Tab shingles may be a cost-effective option for some homeowners, we have decided not to offer them as part of our product line.

There are several reasons for this decision. First, Three-Tab shingles have a shorter lifespan and are less durable than others. They are prone to curling and cracking over time, which can lead to leaks and other issues with the roof. This can ultimately result in costly repairs down the line.

Second, Three-Tab shingles have a different aesthetic appeal than other shingles. They have a uniform, flat appearance that may not be as visually appealing as other options, such as architectural shingles, which have a more textured, dimensional look.

Instead, we offer a wide range of other shingle options that provide better performance and durability, such as impact-resistant and algae-resistant shingles. These options are a more worthwhile investment in the long run, as they can provide better protection for your home and lower your insurance premiums.

Advantages of Asphalt Roofing Shingles

Advantages of Asphalt Roofing Shingles

From sheer beauty to affordability, asphalt shingle roofing gives you several benefits. Here are some of them:

  1. Curb Appeal & Property Value

Manufacturers and roofing experts have made many modifications to offer customers more design options, making it easier to complement your home. Installing an asphalt shingle roof can enhance your home's curb appeal and value.

  • Wide selection of colors and textures
  • Can mimic wood, cedar, slate, and other styles
  • Very versatile (goes well with classic, contemporary and modern home designs)

Affordable Roofing's top color choices for asphalt shingle roofs include:

  • Charcoal
  • Hickory
  • Hunter green
  • Shakewood
  • Slate
  • Weatherwood
  • Barkwood
  • White
  • Birchwood
  • Driftwood
  • Sunset brick

For sovereign three tab shingles, here are the top color choices in Tampa, Florida:

  • White
  • Weathered gray
  • Silver lining
  • Sandrift
  • Russet red
  • Golden Cedar
  • Cypress tan
  • Charcoal
  • Autumn Brown
  1. Affordability

Affordability is one of the main reasons many homeowners prefer asphalt shingles. Just be sure to hire a reputable local Tampa roofer. Check out their suppliers. As much as possible, go for roofing companies that work with well-known shingle manufacturers, such as GAF and Owens Corning.

  • Cost-effective
  • Most roofing companies offer flexible payment options for shingles
  • More affordable than other roofing materials
  1. High Performance

For its price, the asphalt shingle is worth it! Of course, it's not as durable as metal roofing, but a properly installed and well-maintained asphalt shingle roofing system can last up to 25 years or even more!

  • Durable
  • Ideal weight
  • Excellent uplift and fire resistance
  • Usually comes with a comprehensive product and installation warranties. (Check Affordable Roofing's GAF warranty)
  1. Ease

Another advantage of asphalt is that it doesn't require extensive labor. In addition, unlike concrete tiles, stone-coated Roofing, and other materials, it is more lightweight-- making it much easier to install.

  • It is relatively easy to install
  • Low maintenance (easy to repair)
  • It does not usually require additional structure to carry weight
  • Wide range of products available on the market

Disadvantages of Asphalt Roofing Shingles

Asphalt roofing can give you numerous benefits, but there are also some drawbacks you should consider.

  • First, there are more durable roofing options available. If you want to invest in a longer-lasting roofing system, it's best to go for metal roofing. Metal can last up to 50 years or even longer than asphalt.
  • Hurricanes or thunderstorms can concern Tampa Bay homeowners and business property owners. Shingles may not be strong enough to withstand more severe weather conditions.

Over time, common problems with asphalt roofs include curling, raised shingles, cracks, wear and tear, and granule loss. Some homeowners have also had issues with mildew.

Disadvantages of Asphalt Roofing Shingles

Other Types of Roofing Shingles

While asphalt remains the most popular roof shingle type, other shingle roof materials are available. Each material also has its distinct properties. Carefully evaluate each type to choose the best one for your home or property.

  1. Clay Tile Shingles

If you're aiming for style, then consider installing clay tiles. This shingle material also comes in various shapes and colors. You often see this type of roofing shingles on Spanish or Mediterranean home designs.


  • Environmentally-friendly
  • Provides good insulation
  • Ideal for subtropical climates
  • Visually appealing


  • Usually more expensive than other shingles
  • Heavier
  • Labor intensive
  • Not ideal for cooler climates
  • Prone to cracks (requires more maintenance)
  1. Wood Shingles

This type of shingles can give your home a classy and vintage look. However, note that there are some restrictions when installing this material due to fire hazards and building codes.


  • Environmentally-friendly
  • Long-lasting
  • Energy-efficient


  • Requires a more intensive installation process
  • Fire hazard (which means higher insurance rates)
  • Requires more maintenance
  • Vulnerable to mold and termites
  1. Metal Shingle Roofing

Metal shingle roofing is probably one of the best "hybrids" to consider. However, it's only for some structure types. For example, metal shingles are more ideal for steep or flat rooflines.


  • Longer-lasting (can last up to 50 years)
  • Can withstand high winds


  • It can be noisy in hail or rain
  • Requires more maintenance
  • More expensive than other shingles
  1. Slate Shingles

Slate can also provide your home with a unique and striking appearance. However, you might need to deal with flashing problems in the future. Additionally, this type of shingles requires a more extensive installation process.


  • Durable and long-lasting
  • Weatherproof
  • Wide selection of color and design options


  • More expensive than other shingle types
  • Difficult to repair
  • Extensive installation process
  • Heavier than other materials

Roofing Shingle Cost

Roofing Shingle Cost

Since we have been talking about how cost-effective shingle roofing is, let's review the current pricing of shingles. Shingle installation can range from $3,500 to $14,000, including the materials. Remember that rates or fees may vary depending on the materials, slope type, structure size, warranty coverage, and your roofer's credentials.

Check out this price guide below:

Material Avg. Price per Square Foot

Asphalt is $3 to $7

Composite $3 to $18

Slate $10 to $15

Metal $7 to $15

Wood $4 to $8

Clay Tiles are $7 to $26

Final Words

All in all, installing asphalt shingles can be a good decision. Considering its overall cost, it is definitely worth the price! An asphalt shingle roofing system is also ideal in Tampa's humid and subtropical climate. With proper maintenance, you can continually expand the lifespan of your roof. Be sure to hire an experienced roofer in Tampa.

If you're still looking for a trusted roofing contractor, call Affordable Roofing Systems now for a free estimate!

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