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Product Profile: GAF

More homes and businesses in the U.S. are protected by a GAF roof than by any other product. They are the leading roofing manufacturer in North America, with plants strategically located across the U.S. GAF is a trusted name in roofing shingles, underlayment and components products. Therefore at Industry Elite Services, we trust that GAF’s products will give out clients the best looking and strongest roofing.

Not only does the roof need to be strong but the look of a roof can have a significant impact on the overall design and perceived value of a home. In some homes the roof makes up half of a home’s exterior.

GAF makes a large selection of composition shingles ranging from affordable to high-end.

Are GAF Shingles Right for Your Home?

The GAF Complete Roofing System

The GAF Lifetime Roofing System is great because it comes with six material components that feature great design and performance. The six items are:

  1. GAF Timberline shingles with a limited lifetime warranty
  2. Cobra attic ventilation/ridge vent
  3. Deck Armor roof deck paper
  4. Weather Watch leak barrier used to line valleys
  5. Starter strip shingles at the eaves and optionally at the rakes
  6. Ridge cap shingles that cover attic vents and non-vented ridges



The warranties are generally considered the best in the industry. Comparing the fine print on warranties from GAF, CertainTeed, Owens Corning and other top brands, shows that each has its strong points.
Upgraded warranties: As noted, when a roofer certified “Master Elite” by GAF installs the shingles, better warranties are offered. For example, the 100% coverage before the warranty is prorated is extended from 10 years to 50 years, and workmanship (install quality) is extended from zero years up to 25 years, on GAF dimensional shingles.

Most warranties are transferable once.  It’s a useful selling point to let potential buyers know the shingle warranty will remain in effect after the sale.

Large Selection of Shingles

Specialty Shingles

Because GAF knows that every home is different and has different needs, they have made many different kinds of specialty shingles. Some homes will be hit with wind all hurricane season while some only see a light summers breeze but is covered in snow half the year. If you want specific protection or performance for your home, these are some of their options:

GAF’s best lines show excellent strength:Their most popular shingles are TimberlineGrand SequoiaGrand Canyon and Glenwood. They are well made with fiberglass-mesh reinforced asphalt. Shingles are built with multiple fused layers, and when installed give three to five layers of protection to the roof.

Impact resistant GAF shingles: GAF Timberline ArmorShield II and Grand Sequoia ArmorShield shingles are both UL 2218 Class 4 rated. This means that a 1.25” steel ball dropped twice onto the same spot of the shingle from 12 feet height will not damage it. . For this reason, you may be able to qualify for home insurance discounts from some carriers

Wind resistance is very good: GAF Timberline and other dimensional/architectural shingles show great resistance to tearing in high winds. Enhanced installation including additional fasteners and a complete Lifetime system boosts wind rating from 110MPH to 130MPH with good results.

Color And Design

Good options in every price range: From inexpensive 25-year three-tab shingles to upscale shingles, to specialty shingles resistant to impact, stain-protection and solar-reflective shingles, GAF has good options for any homeowner.

Stand the test of time: GAF has a wide selection of asphalt shingle styles and colors that are sold nationally, and if you need more of the same shingles five or ten years later, they will likely be available.

Try it on for size: GAF wants you to be able to see what their shingles will look like on your home. They have a Virtual Home Remodeler so you can see what colors work best with your style of home. It allows you to upload a picture of your home or choose one like it from a large gallery of homes. Then, you can apply any roofing shingle to the house to see how it looks.

In conclusion, GAF offers high quality products with great warranties and variety. They are one of the top companies we use here at Industry Elite Services. We trust GAF products. Call us to get a GAF roof today!

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