October 17, 2011 12:00 AM

GAF Donates New Roof to Paralyzed Former Athlete and His Family on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

GAF, North America’s largest roofing and ventilation manufacturer, is participating in yet another episode of the ABC network program, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, donating a full roofing system to a paralyzed young man and his family.  The show will air on Friday, October 21 at 8pm EST. 

Ty Pennington and his Extreme Makeover: Home Edition crew will be traveling to Etters, PA to build a new home for Brian Keefer and his family. Brian was a star athlete who became paralyzed after a terrible gymnastics injury just twelve days before his 21st birthday in 2008. He had been a volleyball player and coach, record-holding track and field athlete, and president of his college’s gymnastics club, when he found himself suddenly paralyzed from the neck down. 

With Brian needing 24-hour care, his father Steve left his job of over 30 years to move onto the college campus and be Brian’s primary care aide, helping him work towards realizing his dream of graduating from college. Now living at the family home, Brian is limited to only a few downstairs rooms of the house, as most of the house is not accessible to him in his wheelchair. 

The EMHE design team will be installing a full GAF roofing system, including Timberline® HD™  shingles, both to the main family house as well as a connected home with a separate entrance for Brian. These shingles feature GAF’s Advanced Protection™ technology, which offers improved performance, including superior wind resistance, while being more environmentally friendly due to lower unnecessary material usage. Timberline® HD™ shingles pass the industry’s two toughest wind tests: ASTM D3161 Class F 110 mph and ASTM D7158 Class H 150 mph and carry a lifetime limited warranty.

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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