June 14, 2011 12:00 AM

GAF Reaches Historic TPO Milestone

GAF, North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, is pleased to announce the production of its one billionth square foot of EverGuard® Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) single ply roofing membrane. TPO roofing, which offers a combination of durability, performance, and reflectivity, is known for its energy saving properties. The EverGuard®TPO roofing line includes a wide range of products that carry ENERGY STAR® and Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) designations.    

Reflective or ‘cool’ roofing remains a growth segment of the construction marketplace, and recent decisions by several government agencies – including the U.S. Navy – to require reflective roofing on all future projects, are expected to support the expansion of the cool roofing marketplace. Demand for EverGuard® TPO single-ply roofing continues to grow and GAF recently introduced EverGuard® Extreme TPO, engineered to provide even higher solar reflectivity than standard TPO membranes, as well as extremely high UV and thermal resistance. These combined characteristics produce a single-ply membrane suitable for the most demanding solar installations, as well as any other high heat or solar loading applications. 

The ‘greening’ of building codes, as well as the growing influence of the US Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) green building rating system, have been additional drivers in the growth of the cool roofing marketplace.  GAF introduced the EverGuard® reflective TPO product line at about the same time that the LEED rating system program was introduced, in 1999. Coincidentally, LEED recently announced a similar milestone, with one billion square feet under certification. Despite a severe economic downturn in 2008 and 2009, both EverGuard® TPO and LEED certification have enjoyed a similar growth curve.

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.

For more information contact:
Alyssa Hall, Corporate Communications Mgr.

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