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G.A.F.

10/21/11 5:39 pm | Comments (0) | Posted By: admin

Founded in 1886, GAF has grown to become North America’s largest manufacturer of commercial and residential roofing.*

Professional installers have long preferred the rugged, dependable performance that only a GAF roof can offer, and have made it the #1-selling brand in North America.*

Our success in growing the company to nearly $3 billion in sales has been based on our unique philosophy of helping:
For property owners & architects:

  • Helping to assure your best and safest choice in roofing

For supportive distributors and roofing contractors:

  • Helping to build your business and avoid hassles

Here are just some of the reasons why we believe that GAF is your best and safest choice!

Advanced Quality

  • Professional installers have long preferred the rugged, dependable performance that only a GAF roof can offer, and have made our Advanced Protection™ shingles the #1 brand in North America!
  • Inventors of the Timberline® Advanced Protection™ shingle — the #1-selling shingle in North America
  • Rated #1 in shingle quality by contractors and home builders (2009 Hanley-Wood study)
  • Named #1 in innovation for shingles by home builders (Home Improvement Executive study, October 2009)
  • First to pass ASTM D3161 Class F (110 mph) and ASTM D7158 Class H (150 mph) wind ratings on every manufactured shingle (per UL public listing)
  • First to produce an energy-efficient asphalt shingle available in rich colors, called the Cool Color Series (now called Timberline® Cool Series)
  • Winner of the Builder’s Choice Award
  • Premium Designer Shingles have twice received the Architects Choice For Excellence Award
  • Freedom™ TPO self-adhering roofing systems chosen Product Of The Year by Commercial Building Products magazine
  • Fireshield® brand roof restoration system named “Best Product” by the editors of Buildings magazine
  • Winner of the 2011 Innovation Award for asphalt roof shingles

Expertise You Can Count On

We’ve been at this for 125 years. Why turn to anyone else to protect your most valuable asset?

  • Manufacturing locations across North America — to serve you better
  • C.A.R.E. installation training program that has provided education to over 100,000 industry professionals
  • Regularly sought out to appear in leading home and garden publications and on home improvement networks such as HGTV

Solutions Made Simple

Getting a new roof shouldn’t be an exercise in pain and frustration. So we’ve made it easy!

  • Our Weather Stopper® Roofing System includes everything you need to provide reliable, water-tight protection for your home
  • Our factory-certified contractors—more than 4,000 strong nationwide— eliminate the risk that your roof will be installed by some fly-by-night contractor
  • Our industry-leading warranties—backed by North America’s largest roofing manufacturer—will provide you with the peace of mind you deserveThe bottom line is: More property owners choose GAF for their roofing project—why trust your most valuable asset to anyone else?

Decking & Railing

In 2009, Correct Building Products, one of the highest quality composite decking and railing manufacturers joined the GAF family of companies. Today, our DuraLife™ decking and railing product line includes:

  • The Siesta Collection, ultra-low maintenance premium decking, rated the top composite decking board in 2010 by the most trusted consumer advocate publication in the U.S. Now includes Tropical Hardwood blends in four natural, easy-to-maintain earth tones
  • The Natural Grain collection, beautiful decking with a natural grain finish—and priced to fit most budgets
  • The Railways collection, beauty and safety in one convenient-to-install railing system

Now More Than Ever, It’s Easy To Be “Green”…

…when making your roofing and decking choices. As the industry leader, GAF is proud to offer a broad array of environmentally friendly solutions. We have options for both residential and commercial properties, including products containing recycled materials, reflective or “cool” roofing, re-cover roofing to reduce landfill waste, garden roofing, and solar roofing products. We have also worked to incorporate sustainable practices into our manufacturing process, including the recycling of shingle waste at plants, and a Zero-Waste-to-Landfill effort. And be sure to ask about our Certified Green Roofer program that recognizes professional roofing contractors for recycling!

*Source: 2010 Fredonia Group Study

GAF In The Media: Check Out These TV Segments Featuring GAF!

About Non-Woven Products

In 1978, GAF of Texas began production of fiberglass nonwovens in our Ennis, Texas facility. While Ultra-Mat®was originally developed for the roofing industry, GAF expanded its capabilities to include development and sales of both fiberglass and polyester mat for a variety of non-roofing markets. Today, GAF enjoys a solid presence and leadership position in the development and production of polyester nonwoven products, wet-laid industrial fiberglass products, and products with blends of fibers. The development of proprietary coating compounds in our Technology Center served as the foundation to invest in production capability and capacity for a coating process line in 2000.

GAF’s Performance Nonwoven Fabrics manufactures roll goods using fiberglass, polyester, and other blended fibers in a wet-laid process. GAF’s nonwovens are used in industrial applications including building materials, flooring, filtration, composite, reinforced plastics, landscaping, and other fabric markets.

GAF has two production lines both utilizing a wet-laid process. GAF also operates a coating line designed to single-side or double-side coat a variety of fabrics. Proprietary coatings are developed to meet specific customer needs and requirements.

GAF produces nonwoven materials from 0.8 oz/square yard to 5 oz/square yard at thicknesses ranging from 10 mils to 40 mils. Roll widths range from 30″ to 160″, and roll diameters are possible up to 7 feet. Coatings can be added to a nonwoven fabric, typically from 3 oz/square yard to 29 oz/square yard.

The path forward for GAF Performance Nonwoven Fabrics will focus on new fabrics designed to meet current and evolving customer requirements that demand attributes best achieved in blends of base fibers or coatings applied to fabrics. We have excellent working relationships with our suppliers, ensuring superior performance and consistency every time. Broad development and in-house testing capabilities include an on-site Research and Development Team, located in our state-of-the-art Research Center adjacent to GAF’s nonwoven facilities.

About Ornamental Iron and Ductwork

Now part of GAF, LL Building Products began in 1938 with the founding of Leslie Welding Company in Chicago, Illinois, as a small specialty welding company, also involved in making miscellaneous metal ventilation products.

Locke Manufacturing was founded in the 1950’s as a producer of ornamental iron railing and columns, and quickly became a leader in this industry, with the majority of their sales through Sales and distributors.

In 1967 Locke Manufacturing was acquired, merging with Leslie Building Products Company and Leslie Locke was formed manufacturing door accessories, ductwork, ventilation and ornamental iron products. In 1998, GAFMC purchased Leslie Locke Building Products, forming a new Division called LL Building Products Inc. LL Building Products still manufactures the same high quality products. The products offered by LL Building Products are marketed under the MasterFlow® and Village Ironsmith™ brands.

Our parent company, GAF, was founded in 1886 and is currently headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, and is the most fully integrated roofing manufacturer in the United States with over 3,300 employees in 26 plants across the country.

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