GAF is a leading manufacturer of roofing materials in the country. Its products are well-known for their exceptional durability and a wide variety of styles and shades to suit any residential property. Many homeowners choose GAF roofs because they offer great value for money, especially if you consider their lengthy warranties that can cover up to 30 years.
Here, we discuss the top reasons homeowners trust GAF roofing systems.
Why Install a GAF Roofing System?
GAF understands the balance between style and functionality. It offers a variety of styles, patterns and colors that can fit any home aesthetic. If you’re looking for a specific red, green or brown shade or pattern, GAF probably has what you’re looking for. Consult a GAF contractor to learn the different styles, textures and tasteful neutral colors that may suit your home.
A Complete System
A roofing system goes beyond the top layer of asphalt shingles. GAF roofs are complete systems made of different components, including sheathing, rafters, ridge cap shingles, leak barriers, starter strip shingles and other components. GAF Master Elite® roofers ensure the proper installation of all these components to achieve optimal roofing performance and longevity.
GAF is a manufacturer that’s confident in its products. A roof installed by a GAF Master Elite contractor can qualify for a Lifetime Warranty. Furthermore, GAF provides additional warranties for specific components from their recommended roofing systems if installed by a certified storm damage repair contractor.
High Level of Workmanship
GAF Master Elite roofers like Hershey Exteriors, Inc make up 2% of the total number of roofing companies in the country. They undergo rigorous training to gain their status as an excellent and experienced roofing company. Working with Master Elite roofers ensures your roof system is installed according to GAF’s standards and is covered by manufacturer and labor warranties.
An Excellent Investment
GAF is known for its quality roofing systems that can withstand extreme weather conditions. All its products go through strict manufacturing standards and testing to provide homeowners with the best roofs that will protect them for decades.
How to Choose the Best Roofing Colors
GAF has a great selection of colors you can choose from, but you might find it difficult to choose the right pattern or style for your property. The following tips will help you choose the best roofing colors to increase your property’s resale value, make your home look great after a roof replacement, improve its energy efficiency and lengthen its lifespan.
You Can’t Go Wrong With Safe Color Combinations
Safe color combinations make your property look elegant in a subtle way. For home sellers, classic color schemes will attract several buyers. For instance, beige and green pairs well since they add a subtle character that makes your home look elegant.
If you need more ideas for safe color combinations that stand out, combine red with deep gray or dark brown to achieve a homely atmosphere. You should also consider using brown and warm gray shingles if you have a cream-colored house. If you have a dark gray roof, pair it with light gray siding to add a gentle contrast that catches the eye.
Keep in mind that your homeowners association (HOA) may restrict your roof to certain color combinations. Check your covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs) or ask an HOA-approved residential and commercial roofing contractor to help you combine the right shades for your siding, trim and roof.
Consider Your Property’s Architectural Style
Colors work well for specific architectural styles. If you have a Victorian-style property, you can use earthy colors like rust and marigold. Classic homes – such as Plantation, New England and Colonial – can also work with the same color scheme. On the other hand, modern homes often have bold characteristics that make them suitable for minimalist colors, neutral color contrasts and vibrant colors.
Look at What Everyone’s Using
Your neighborhood may have a specific look because of your HOA’s rules for roofing and siding colors and styles. Consider driving around your neighborhood and looking for properties with similar characteristics as your home. List their color choices and consider the best combinations to ensure your choice fits your neighborhood’s aesthetic.
To be on the safe side, you should look through your HOA’s CC&Rs to get a complete guide on the shingle colors and styles that you can use for your property.
Keep Your Local Climate in Mind
Your local climate affects your roof. If you live in a colder climate, we recommend using dark-colored shingles. If you reside in a warmer region, a light-colored roof would be better. Light-colored roof materials absorb less heat and reflect sunlight, while darker ones absorb more heat.
Nevertheless, the color of your roof won’t significantly affect your home’s energy efficiency if you have adequate attic insulation and ventilation. These features ensure your attic has a consistent temperature that improves your asphalt shingle roof’s lifespan. Furthermore, excellent insulation and ventilation keep your indoor spaces comfortable and reduce heating and cooling costs. Ask your contractor about your attic insulation and ventilation and how to improve it if necessary.
Asphalt shingles can look different during the morning and when the sun’s about to set. We recommend collecting large samples of various roofing materials to evaluate the roofing color properly at different times of the day. You can test trim and siding colors this way too.
Performing a Post-Roof Installation Check
GAF Master Elite roofers meticulously check your roof for any installation errors. Here are several areas they focus on to ensure your roof won’t face issues that will shorten its lifespan and affect its performance:
- Flashing: Your roof’s flashing should not pull up from the roof. When this happens, ask your roofer to redo the flashing for the entire roof.
- Odd appearance: Asphalt shingles should have a uniform look. Ask the roofer for help if you notice curved or sagging areas.
- Correct nails and overhangs: Certified roofers only use the nails and overhangs recommended by the manufacturer. Incorrect nails and overhangs put your roof at risk of wind damage and missing shingles.
Need an excellent GAF Master Elite roofer to install your new roof? Hershey Exteriors, Inc is a company with a reputation for delivering outstanding results for siding and roofing projects. Our team is always ready to handle your roofing needs. Call us today at (302) 569-9039, or fill out this contact form to request an estimate.