November 22, 2012 12:00 AM

GAF Introduces Industry’s First True Tile-Look Asphalt Shingle

GAF, North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, proudly announces the introduction of Monaco™ Lifetime Designer Shingles: the industry’s first true tile-look asphalt shingle. Monaco™ Lifetime Designer Shingles replicate the beauty of European tile. Unlike traditional tile, Monaco™ Lifetime Designer Shingles are budget-friendly and easier to install, making the dream of having a beautiful tile-look roof within reach for any homeowner.

With a cleverly crafted design, Monaco™ Lifetime Designer Shingles capture the three-dimensional look of European clay or concrete tile, at up to half the cost of tile. They manage to combine beauty and sophistication without the hassles and expense associated with a tile roof. Monaco™ Shingles won’t crack when they’re walked on and are easy to replace if they are damaged. They also resist damage from pests and avoid the permanent staining that can be found on tile roofs. Offered in five designer color options, the shingles are easy to coordinate with a house’s exterior colors.

“With its combination of old-world beauty and affordability, Monaco™ will open up the luxurious look of authentic tile to a whole new audience and will be a game-changer in the industry,” stated Leslie Franklin, Product Manager at GAF. “There are thousands of homeowners who have tile roofs that need to be replaced, but are struggling with the cost; Monaco™ can be a viable alternative. It’s also perfect for builders who would like to offer a tile look, but at a significantly lower cost.”

The Lifetime Designer Shingles Value Collection incorporates GAF’s proprietary Advanced Protection® Technology, which results in shingles that offer improved performance—including superior durability and wind resistance—while reducing the use of precious natural resources. As with all GAF Lifetime Shingles, they pass ASTM’s two toughest wind tests—ASTM D3161 Class F 110 mph and ASTM D7158 Class H 150 mph—and carry GAF’s Lifetime limited warranty.

About GAF

Founded in 1886, GAF has become the largest roofing manufacturer in North America. The company’s products include a comprehensive portfolio of steep-slope and commercial roofing systems, which are supported by an extensive national network of factory-certified contractors. Its success is driven by its commitment to Advanced Quality, Industry Expertise, and Solutions Made Simple for contractors, specifiers, and property owners alike. In 2011, GAF was the first roofing manufacturer to offer a Lifetime limited warranty on all of its laminated shingles and, in 2012, it introduced the GAF Lifetime Roofing System

With a focus on social responsibility, GAF has developed Advanced Protection® Shingle Technology, which provides superior durability and wind resistance while reducing the use of scarce natural resources. The company has also developed single-ply and asphaltic membranes with superior durability and high reflectivity to meet the most rigorous industry standards while helping commercial property owners and designers reduce energy consumption. 

GAF also supports the roofing industry through CARE, the Center for the Advancement of Roofing Excellence, which has provided education to over 125,000 professionals. CARE’s mission is to help professional contractors and distributors build their businesses through sales and management education, and to provide product and installation training to contractors, distributors, architects, property owners, and related industry personnel. For more information about GAF, visit