April 28, 2011 12:00 AM

GAF Donates New Roof to Soldier’s Home in South Carolina on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

GAF, the largest roofing manufacturer in North America, will contribute all roofing materials in this week’s episode of the long-running ABC network program, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Working in Beaufort, South Carolina, the team is providing Marine Staff Sergeant Bill Dickinson’s family with a new home. Staff Sergeant Dickinson was deployed last November and in his absence, the house where his wife and five children live continues to deteriorate due to mold and flood damage.

Staff Sergeant Dickinson has served as a member of the military for 17 years and is currently stationed half a world away from his wife India, and kids Grant (16), Brianna (17), Bailey (10), Isabella (8), and Sophia (1). Their home is falling apart due to spreading mold damage, bad electrical wiring, an inadequate foundation, and flood damage. All contractors who have been asked to evaluate the damage have reached the same conclusion: the home should be bulldozed. 

In January, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition sent over Ty Pennington and his team to build a new house for the Dickinson family. The home will feature GAF’s new Camelot® II Designer Shingles, the industry’s first truly affordable luxury shingle.  The shingles incorporate GAF’s proprietary Advanced Protection™ technology, which offers improved performance, including superior wind resistance, while being more environmentally friendly due to lower unnecessary material usage. Camelot® II shingles pass the industry’s two toughest wind tests: ASTM D3161 Class F 110 mph and ASTM D7158 Class H 150 mph. 

“This is our fourth Extreme Makeover: Home Edition project in the past six months, and we are pleased to be given the opportunity to continue contributing to these life-changing projects,” stated Ted Marcopolus, vice president of marketing services at GAF. 

The program will be airing nationally on the ABC network at 8:00pm on Sunday, May 1, 2011.

About GAF

Now proudly celebrating its 125th year in the industry, GAF has become the largest roofing manufacturer in North America, with sales of nearly $3 billion annually. The company’s products include a comprehensive portfolio of steep-slope and low-slope roofing systems, as well as composite decking, which are supported by an extensive national network of factory-certified contractors. Its success is driven by a commitment to provide property owners and specifiers with the best and safest choice in roofing and by helping supportive contractors and distributors to build their businesses and avoid hassles. 

With a focus on social responsibility, GAF has 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. 

The Company 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 www.gaf.com.
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