December 13, 2011 12:00 AM

Happy 50th Anniversary to GAF’s Royal Sovereign® Shingles

First introduced as “Sovereign” in December of 1961, the shingle that has now evolved into GAF’s popular Royal Sovereign® is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Initially launched as an organic shingle, Sovereign became one of the first glass mat shingles in 1972, and is one of the longest-running asphalt shingle brands on the market.

GAF, North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, has sold enough squares of Sovereign and Royal Sovereign® Shingles over the past 50 years to circle the Earth more than 200 times—or to create a ten-foot-wide path to the moon and back!

“Royal Sovereign® Shingles have stood the test of time, which is a testament to their simple, timeless beauty,” said Nkechi Okwumabua, product manager for 3-tab & specialty shingles at GAF.

In a recent blind comparison test, more homeowners preferred the look of Royal Sovereign® Shingles to any other strip shingle. As with all of GAF’s shingle products, Royal Sovereign® Shingles are designed with Advanced Protection® Technology, which provides superior protection while minimizing the use of precious natural resources. They also pass ASTM’s two toughest wind tests: ASTM D3161 Class F 110 mph and ASTM D7158 Class H 150 mph. Royal Sovereign® Shingles provide peace of mind with a 25-year ltd. transferable warranty with Smart Choice® Protection (non-prorated material and installation labor coverage) for the first five years.1  

1See GAF Shingle & Accessory Ltd. Warranty for complete coverage and restrictions.

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
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