GAF Timberline HD vs Tamko Heritage Vintage - Roofing Review

GAF Timberline HD vs Tamko Heritage Vintage - Roofing Review

GAF and Tamko are two of the most popular roofing companies in the United States. Each company manufactures asphalt roof shingles across several specialty lines. In this article, we are reviewing two collections:

GAF Timberline® HD

Tamko Heritage® Vintage®

We’ll compare these lines on the basis of the below (select to jump to section):

Asphalt shingles are a common option for residential roofs since they are durable across climates, holding up in heavy rain, snow, and warmth. Asphalt shingles are also one of the more affordable options for roof replacement and typically offer about 10-30 years of performance.

Materials & Construction - GAF Timberline HD® vs Tamko Heritage® Vintage®

Both lines of shingles are made of asphalt.

Tamko Heritage® Vintage® shingles are laminated asphalt, made with a unique granule mix and vivid colors. Laminated shingles are built with a heavier base mat and multiple material layers. The shingles are cut in different shapes and sizes and as a result, create a more dimensional appearance.

Two photos juxtaposed: one of a layer of shingles, the other a large home with a new tamko roof.

Tamko’s shingles are created with A double-layer (common bond) area for fastening and unique construction for depth of appearance. Fiberglass mat and self-sealing asphalt on the bottom side. Alignment notches for ease of application and moisture-resistant weathering-grade asphalt coating.

GAF Timberline® HD shingles are fiberglass asphalt. At the heart of the shingle is the fiberglass mat, covered in asphalt to provide waterproofing. Their Advanced Protection® shingles include added limestone for maximum toughness and wind resistance.

Large samples of GAF Timberline shingles in Barkwood.

These shingles are designed for a dimensional look with GAF color blends and enhanced shadow effect. DuraGrip™ Adhesive seals each shingle tightly and reduces the risk of shingle blow-off. Additionally, these shingles are coated with StainGuard® Protection which helps ensure the beauty of your roof against algae growth.

Graphic showing GAF lifetime roofing layers including shingles, padding, and wood platform.

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Fire Rating - GAF Timberline® HD vs Tamko Heritage® Vintage®

When choosing building materials, it’s important to ensure that the products you put into - or onto - your home are safe and best suited to protect against common hazards, like fires. For roofing materials, the fire-resistance rating indicates that they are able to withstand moderate exposure to fire originating from outside the building.

Two firefighters atop a burning residential roof producing large clouds of black smoke.

In the world of building materials, UL, a global safety certification company, provides guidelines to determine fire-resistance ratings.  Fire-resistance is determined with a rating of A, B, or C with A indicating the most resistance.

The UL 790 (Class A), fire rating states:

Class A roof coverings are effective against severe fire test exposures. Under such exposures, roof coverings of this class afford a high degree of fire protection to the roof deck, do not slip from position, and are not expected to produce flying brands.

Both the GAF Timberline® HD and Tamko Heritage® Vintage® meet UL 790 Class A fire resistance standards.

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Wind Resistance - GAF Timberline HD® vs Tamko Heritage® Vintage®

Living in Tornado Alley, strong storms are a reality for North Texas homeowners, especially in Spring and Summer. It’s important to ensure that the roof on your home can hold up to weather hazards in our climate.

Close up of a roof pitch with several squares of asphalt shingle peeled back from high winds.

ASTM International is an international standards organization that develops and publishes technical standards for a wide range of materials, products, systems, and services - including roofing materials.

The ASTM D7158 is the standard test method for wind resistance of asphalt shingles against uplift forces and designated by class G (up to 90 mph), D (up to 120 mph), or H (up to 150 mph).

Both the GAF Timberline® HD and Tamko Heritage® Vintage® meet ASTM D7158 Class H wind resistance standards.

The ASTM D3161 tests interlocking shingles’ ability to resist wind. Shingles are classified as Class A when resisting wind velocity of 60 mph, Class D when resisting velocity of 90 mph and Class F when resisting wind velocity of 110 mph.

Both the GAF Timberline® HD and Tamko Heritage® Vintage® meet ASTM D3161 Class F wind resistance standards.

Matrix reflecting wind speeds and corresponding UL and ASTM wind resistance classifications.

Wind Resistance Standards

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Colors - GAF Timberline HD® vs Tamko Heritage® Vintage®

GAF Timberline® HD shingles are available in the below 9 colors to fit a variety of home color schemes:

Samples of GAF asphalt shingles.

Tamko Heritage® Vintage® asphalt shingles are offered in 5 neutral colors:

Samples of Tamko asphalt shingle colors.

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Price - GAF Timberline HD® vs Tamko Heritage® Vintage®

Roofing prices consider a number of factors including materials and labor. Generally, asphalt shingles are a more economical option for residential roofs, whereas metal, slate, and tile, are more premium options:

GAF Timberline HD® - $$

Tamko Heritage® Vintage® - $$

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Warranty - GAF Timberline HD® vs Tamko Heritage® Vintage®

Shingles begin to age as soon as they are exposed to nature. Buildings experience aging factors differently, so it is difficult to predict how long shingles will last. But if your home is in need of a new roof, you want to make sure that your warranty will cover you for as long as you think you’ll be in your home.

GAF Timberline HD® asphalt shingles are available with a lifetime limited warranty and Stainguard® Protection against algae.

Tamko Heritage Woodgate® shingles are protected with a lifetime limited warranty, 10-year Full Start period, and 10-year algae cleaning limited warranty.

Large home with light pink brick facade and a Hunter Green Timberline HD asphalt shingle roof.

GAF Timberline® HD Roof

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Want to learn more about your asphalt roofing options? Contact  Brennan at 817-860-9767 to schedule a free consultation today.


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