hoosing the correct shingles for your home can seem like a huge decision, but there are a few ways to help make the process easier. Matching the style of your home with the correct shingle is always important. Keep in mind, not every home is a candidate for a designer shingle. Most often, customers wind up choosing a standard, 50-year GAF Timberline HD Roofing shingle. This product is built to stand the test of time, with a limited lifetime warranty direct from the manufacture and Safeguard. A fully warrantied GAF Roof will instantly add curb appeal and value to the home. There are plenty of designer colors and blends to choose from with the GAF American Harvest line of shingles. These shingles come at a slight up-charge and are reserved for those who prefer a slightly busier color pattern on their roof. The American Harvest line is manufactured to add a bit more curb appeal and catches the eye with their unique blend of colors and shadow lines. After this, there is the GAF designer series of shingles. Often, these shingles are installed with open cut copper valleys, and they come at a much higher price point than the standard Timberline or American Harvest lines. Our suggestion when choosing a shingle for the home is to do your research diligently on the materials and consult with a professional to get their opinion on which style will best fit your home. You might have your eyes on a beautiful, designer-style shingle, but in certain cases, you may not be able to have it. We discourage designer-style shingles in certain cases, such as low-pitched roofs, because the pitch of the roof will not give you the same wow-factor from the ground. A roof with high peaks and valleys, however, would be a great candidate for designer shingles, due to the visibility from the street. Again, decisions like these should be thought out thoroughly and carefully. 99.9% of consumers choose a GAF architectural shingle to install to their roofs. The major hang-up for most people becomes which color to choose – a regular blend from the timberline HD series, or a more colorful pattern from the American Harvest line. We also always make sure to stress that, when considering your siding color, you account for the color scheme and how it will match your roof should you ever choose to change either one. Every roof and siding install has a lifespan of 50 years, so to avoid being in “color limbo”, make sure to think about the end product. In conclusion, every house has its own needs, and every customer has their own specific design style. At Safeguard, we are well-versed in catering to your requests and delivering a product that you will be happy to call your own for years to come!