GAF, North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, is pleased to announce that its Statesboro, GA, manufacturing facility has begun producing the full line of GAF Cornell ThermaCal® Nail Base Roof Insulation Panels. In December of 2013, GAF purchased the operating assets of Cornell Corporation, effectively launching GAF’s entry into the ventilated nail base business. The resulting GAF Cornell brand combines two companies with reputations for manufacturing innovative, high-quality, premium products.
Started in 1954, Cornell was an innovator in the insulated roof panel industry. In 1979, the company developed a new form of roof insulation called “nail base roof insulation” panels under the ThermaCal® brand name. This development enabled insulating buildings and homes with cathedral ceilings, while providing a pre-attached substrate that overlying roof coverings could be fastened to, such as asphalt shingles, tile, metal, or slate.
Subsequently, Cornell developed a ventilated version of its ThermaCal® nail base panels, which not only provides the benefits of insulation, but also ventilation. The ventilated system helps exhaust excess moisture before it can condense in the deck or the roofing system potentially causing damage. The ventilated ThermaCal® product (now called ThermaCal® 1 and ThermaCal® 2 Ventilated Roof Insulation Panels) proved to be a great advancement in the steep-slope roofing industry and provided an energy-saving solution for popular roof designs.
Jeff Avitabile, senior product manager at GAF, says “Now, structures with cathedral ceilings, such as churches, institutions, schools, and other commercial properties with steep-slope roofs benefit from both the insulation and ventilation properties, while remaining aesthetically pleasing from an architectural and design standpoint. The Cornell ThermaCal® brand is well known in the industry as the premium nail base roof insulation product and we see the ThermaCal® products as a perfect fit in GAF’s line of premium steep-slope roofing products.”
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Founded in 1886, GAF is 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. GAF was the first roofing manufacturer to offer a Lifetime limited warranty on all of its laminated shingles, which then evolved with the introduction of the GAF Lifetime Roofing System by extending the Lifetime coverage beyond just the roofing shingles.
With a focus on social responsibility, GAF developed Advanced Protection® Shingle Technology, providing superior durability and wind resistance while reducing the use of natural resources. The company also developed single-ply and asphaltic roofing 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 gaf.com.