Want A Leak Free Roof for 25 Years?
Does roof maintenance pay? This is the question answered in the GAF Roofing Solutions Manual, a comprehensive guide designed to provide you with everything you need to know about roof maintenance in Florida and beyond.
From problem prevention to emergency repairs, utilizing GAF roofing solutions for your commercial or residential roof can help save you countless dollars and maximize your time investment.
Whether from this guide or from the GAF Portal, an online resource designed to answer every question a contractor or homeowner may have, it’s important to do your research. If you’re looking for a brief summary of the GAF roofing solutions manual, we’ve already done the reading. Allow us to share…
Learn the Secrets to Achieving a Maximum Roof Service Life
Free Download – GAF Roofing Solutions Reference Manual for Property Managers, Owners, Architects, and Specifiers.
What You Will Learn
- Don’t live a roofing nightmare
- Proof that roof maintenance can pay big dividends
- How to establish a roof maintenance plan
- Fixing roof leaks
- New technology to help owners manage roofing assets
GAF Residential Roofing
Understanding GAF Residential Roofing
When it comes to residential roofing, you needn’t look much further than GAF. As a leading manufacturer of residential roofing materials, GAF is a trusted name for homes across the country. As far as materials go, the GAF residential roofing collection includes a wide range of shingles to suit all requirements. The Timberline® Roofing Shingles are the #1 selling shingle in all of North America, made of multiple layers fused together to produce a rich, multidimensional look.
For those working to a stricter budget, GAF also offers 3-Tab Shingles, the simplest and most inexpensive form of asphalt shingle. As a single layer design, these are sometimes referred to as ‘strip’ shingles. Whether you opt for the Timberline collection or the 3-Tab variety, you can rest assured knowing your roofing materials are of the highest quality. GAF even offers lifetime protection for your roofing system, giving you peace of mind for the long term.
GAF Shingles: Your Ultimate Roofing Solutions
Let’s look a little deeper at GAF’s range of shingles. As a US giant, 25% of homes in the country are roofed with GAF residential roofing, giving you millions of positive customer experiences to trust.
In terms of the product range, GAF shingles are split into three main collections – two of which we briefly mentioned above. The first, and most popular, collection is the Timberline® Roofing Shingles, followed by Designer Shingles, and finally 3-Tab Shingles.
As the most popular collection, the Timberline® Roofing Shingles come in a variety of constructions and color configurations. To compare two popular examples, we can look at the Timberline HDZ® and Timberline CS® products. The HDZ variety comes in at a lower cost than the CS and offers a high dimensional wood-shake look with algaefighting technology. Comparatively, the CS offers a highly reflective appearance to reduce internal temperatures and save on air conditioning costs.
The Designer collection is tailored to high-end finishes with a focus on aesthetics and premium design. Again, this collection comes in a range of colors at a higher cost than most of the Timberline® collection. From Grand Canyon, the ultimate choice for a rugged wood-shake look, to Woodland, an authentic natural wood look, there are a range of quality options to suit every build.
Finally, we have the single-layered 3-Tab Shingles collection. As the least expensive option available, these come in two options – Marquis WeatherMax® and Royal Sovereign®. Available in a selection of colors, this collection is the perfect solution for budget-friendly builds.
Whichever option you choose, GAF’s commitment to innovation and excellence ensures
a high-quality, long-lasting end product for all customers.
Exploring Architectural Grade Shingles
One of the main differentiations between the 3-Tab Shingles and GAF’s two other collections is the former is not classed as an architectural shingle, whilst the latter two are. Architectural shingles are typically comprised of strong and higher quality materials, leading to longer lasting protection than traditional 3-Tab Shingles. On a typical construction, 3-Tab Shingles can last between 10-25 years whereas well-maintained architectural shingles can last upwards of 50 years.
There are a host of other benefits for architectural shingles, such as:
- Durable Base Mat
- Great Protection
- Great color variation
- Multi-dimensional texture
- Better warranty cover
Thicker, more durable base mat – a more reliable, robust base for which to build your roof upon.
Greater protection from the elements – improved durability translates into better protection from weather, particularly wind, heavy rain, hail, and snow
Great color variation – as a higher price option, architectural shingles often come in a much wider range of colors and designs, including natural wood looks.
Multi-dimensional texture – as a roofing system made up of multiple layers, the final finish provides additional texture and a more premium appearance.
Better warranty cover – most architectural shingles come with extended, more comprehensive warranties to extend the lifespan of your roof.
IMPORTANT: Architectural shingles may not always be necessary depending on your needs, but it pays to take the time to consider the option before committing to anything. Designing your roofing is by no means a short term commitment, so make sure you get it right!
Architectural Shingles vs Traditional Shingles
When it comes to costing, there are some differences to be aware of. Whilst, expectedly, architectural shingles can cost more – often between 40-50% more – the installation process is actually a simpler one. Requiring less tools and time for a commercial roofing contractor to install, your setup costs can come in at a reduced level here.
Furthermore, owing to the longevity of architectural grade shingles, you could potentially need two sets of 3-Tab Shingles during the lifespan of one set of architectural shingles. This is another cost which should factor into your decision.
However, prices can vary greatly depending on your choice of supplier, color, and roof size, so it is always important to assess your options before making a decision.
Advanced Roofing Solutions by GAF
If you are looking to maximize the performance and functionality of your roof system, GAF offers a variety of advanced roofing solutions to suit any requirements.
One of the more commonly seen advanced solutions is GAF Solar. As solar power continues to be an efficient, sustainable method of reducing energy costs, incorporating solar technology onto your roof can provide a strong return on investment.
Seen within the Timberline® collection, GAF’s ‘CS’ roofing technology provides another way to join the green revolution. As a highly reflective shingle material, this roofing solution helps to deflect heat and keep the interior of the building cool. Ideal for loft or attic spaces, CS roofing can help to reduce air conditioning costs and transform a once unusable space into a place of comfort.
Whether you’re looking to save money or find the most convenient option for your property, integrating GAF’s advanced roofing solutions can provide benefits for more than just the property owner. With millions of homes across the country installing new roofs each year, the impact made by introducing sustainable measures wherever possible could make a transformative impact on the environment and climate.
Whether you are in the market for an entirely new, tailored roof system with the latest and greatest in eco-friendly technology, or just some guidance on how best to maintain your existing roof, the GAF roofing solutions manual is your go-to.
If you’ve taken the time to read through the manual and still have unanswered questions, make sure to head to the GAF Portal online for support on a homeowner or commercial roofing contractor level.
In short, take care of your roof and it will take care of you. You’re in Florida, after all.