Composition Shingles

Corporate HeadquartersGAF/Elk ~ Founded in 1886, GAF Materials Corporation has grown to be North America’s largest roofing manufacturer (currently over 1.2 billion in sales) by delivering on two simple promises:

For Residential and Commercial Property owners: Helping to assure their best and safest choice in roofing

For our Distributor and Contractor partners:
Helping to build their business and avoid hassles

Their proud tradition of innovation and excellence has made them one of the most respected roofing manufacturers in the world!

Elk Roofing

Elk Corporations residential products on pictured homesGAF/Elk ~ Since 1955, Elk has been producing fine roofing. Elk shingles are laminated so they look better, last longer and have more visual depth than ordinary shingles. Their innovative thinking and commitment to excellence have made ELK The Premium Choice of architects, builders, professional roofing contractors and discerning homeowners around the world. 

A Few Elk Firsts:

  • First to adopt an improved technology for manufacturing fiberglass mat.

  • First to cut, combine, bond and package laminated shingles in one continuous cycle.

  • First to introduce a “mid-weight” laminated shingle Prestique II.

  • First to offer a 40-year limited warranty.

  • First to offer a five-year wind-resistant limited warranty.

  • First to use computerized process control.

  • First to develop a random-cut product design.

  • First to increase product thickness to emphasize the aesthetics of depth and texture in premium fiberglass shingles.

  • First to produce a hip and ridge product with a sealant designed to reduce blow-off: Seal-A-Ridge® with FLX™.

  • First to offer a ridge product that folds, creating a high-profile look: Z®Ridge.

  • First to provide a roof accessory paint color-matched to our shingle products.

  • First to develop the High Definition® look, which uses a color gradation process to provide additional visual depth and a thicker appearance.

  • First to build specialized plants totally dedicated to the production of premium laminated products.

CertainTeed

CertainTeed building materials manufacturer specializing in vinyl siding, vinyl windows, insulation, roofing products, composite decking, railing and fence.

CertainTeed ~ In 1904, George M. Brown, a young entrepreneur in East St. Louis, Illinois, started the General Roofing Manufacturing Company. A manufacturer of roofing products, it was the predecessor of today's CertainTeed Corporation. As General Roofing's reputation for quality and service grew, so did the company.

In 1988, CertainTeed became a wholly owned subsidiary of Saint-Gobain. Renowned for its expertise in glass technology, Saint-Gobain is the world's largest building materials company. Its annual sales in 1999 were approximately $24.5 billion. Today, with the full support of this industrial leader, CertainTeed's financial and technological resources are stronger than ever.

Saint-Gobain Corporation, based in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, is the holding company for the U.S.- and Canadian-based businesses of Saint-Gobain. In addition to CertainTeed, Saint-Gobain Corporation businesses include:

Saint-Gobain Corporation employs approximately 30,000 people and operates more than 200 plants throughout North America. The company’s 1999 sales totaled approximately $5.6 billion.

Today, CertainTeed is an industry leader, firmly established as one of America's most diversified building materials manufacturers. Its building products include ceiling systems, fiber cement siding; insulation, commercial and residential roofing systems, clay roof tiles, vinyl siding and accessories, vinyl windows, ventilation products, vinyl and composite fence, decking and railing, pipe products, and foundation systems.

CertainTeed's 2000 sales totaled $2.5 billion. The company has more than 45 manufacturing facilities and employs approximately 7,200 people throughout North America.

Innovations for LivingOwens Corning ~ In 1935, realizing the potential growth of the glass fiber insulation market, Corning Glass, which had briefly experimented with glass fiber manufacturing in the 1920’s, approached Owens-Illinois with a proposal to join forces in the production of glass fiber.

Recognizing the benefits of Corning’s knowledge of glass formulations, Owens-Illinois agreed to the proposal, and the two companies decided to share the costs of glass fiber developments.

In 1938, experimental costs prompted Corning Glass and Owens-Illinois to consider spinning off the joint venture as a separate company.

On Nov. 1, 1938, Owens-Corning Fiberglas® Corporation was announced and by the end of 1938, the company reported sales of $2,555,000, and 632 employees. Owens Corning and the Duplate Safety Glass Company established Fiberglas® Canada in 1939, launching Owens-Corning into the international market, with each founding company owning a 50 percent share. Owens Corning would later own the entire Fiberglas® Canada Operation.

Owens Corning became publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange in 1952, with shares being distributed equally among Owens-Illinois, Corning Glass and public ownership. Over the succeeding years, both Owens-Illinois and Corning Glass would sell their shares, which would become largely owned by institutional investors.

In 1953, Owens Corning and General Motors announced the first production automobile to be made entirely of Fiberglas® reinforced plastic, the Chevrolet Corvette.

In October of 1960, the current Granville Science and Technology Center housing research and development operations for the company was completed.

On July 21, 1969, personnel began the move to the Fiberglas® Tower in Toledo, Ohio.

On Dec. 31, 1971, Owens Corning announced sales surpassing the half billion mark for the first time. Sales passed the $2 billion mark at the end of the 1970’s. The Pink Panther

The Pink Panther, a much-loved cartoon character, entered the scene as Owens Corning’s corporate mascot on Aug. 15, 1980, to promote the sales of PINK Fiberglas® insulation.

On May 12, 1987, Owens Corning made legal history as the first company to trademark a color, in this case, PINK.

At the end of the 1980’s, Owens Corning reported sales of $3 billion, and employed 18,300 people.

Owens Corning reinvented Fiberglas® Insulation in 1994, with MIRAFLEX™ Fiber, the first new form of glass fiber in nearly 60 years.

On Jan. 2, 1996, Owens-Corning Fiberglas® Corporation changed its name to Owens Corning. The name change completed a transition begun in 1992 with the new corporate logo to reflect that Owens Corning is constantly growing in scope and technology.

Owens Corning reached sales of $5 billion by the end of 1999.

T.A.M.K.O. ~ Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma

Beginnings
   TAMKO ~ In 1944, E.L. Craig began his own roofing business at the age of 69 in an old streetcar barn in Joplin, Missouri. His wife named the company “TAMKO” -- composed from the first letters of the five states they anticipated as their territory: Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma.Barn
pixelThe long, narrow structure of the streetcar barn was ideally suited to house a roofing production line and serve as TAMKO’s first headquarters. Despite material and supply shortages created by World War II, Mr. Craig had TAMKO up and running before the year was over--and supporting the war effort in 1945.
pixelToday TAMKO ® Roofing Products, Inc. has grown beyond its original building and territory to become a leading national manufacturer of residential and commercial roofing products, waterproofing, cements and coatings. It is still family-owned and operated with the high standards and hardworking ethic that remain reflected in their products.

The second generation of leadership
pixelTAMKO was a young company when the mantle of leadership fell on the shoulders of the Craigs' daughter, Ethelmae, who directed TAMKO's operations during the early '50s. In 1960 her husband, Jay Humphreys, became TAMKO's president. Under his leadership, TAMKO attained national stature in the roofing industry.

Expansion and growth
pixelMastercraftJay Humphreys' conservative management style secured TAMKO financially and led to a carefully executed expansion into new manufacturing facilities in Phillipsburg, Kansas; Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Knoxville, Tennessee; Frederick, Maryland; and Dallas, Texas. He wisely reinvested company profits to introduce new products such as Awaplan (America's first SBS-modified polyester roll roofing product) and the Heritage® series of laminated shingles. These products changed TAMKO's approach to commercial and residential roofing.

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Philosophy
pixelMr. Craig approached business with strong personal ethics. Work hard. Do your best. Be fair and honest. Believe in those around you. Today (as it was during Mr. Craig's lifetime) this is the TAMKO work ethic. It has been passed through three generations of leadership and it's shared by everyone from the newest employee to the Chairman of the Board. It's their company's point of difference, and it is evident in every product they make.
pixelIn the years since Mr. Craig founded TAMKO, they have continually worked to do their best each day and to continuously improve their products and services. Their objective is to produce the best-quality roofing products at the lowest overall delivered cost. They strive to offer their customers the right quality--the best balance of price and performance.
pixelIn the early 1980s, Mr. Humphreys attended a seminar conducted by Dr. W. Edwards Deming. He was so impressed with Deming's concept of continual process improvement, he immediately took action to implement it at TAMKO. Today, they apply this methodology to all aspects of their business: manufacturing, shipping, sales, raw material procurement, even their billing system.

TAMKO Today
pixelUnder the direction of David Humphreys, they are thriving in their third generation of family leadership. Their present success is the direct result of teamwork and the honest belief that every team member--customer, supplier and employee alike--should benefit financially by contributing to the good of the team. Looking back, this philosophy has helped them build long-lasting relationships with customers, suppliers and employees. It is this spirit that made TAMKO  the company it is today.
pixelYou can depend on TAMKO for top-quality products at competitive prices, and strong support before and after you buy. You can depend on them like family because that's what they are--a family dedicated to the roofing business.

TAMKO Brand is a Name You Can Trust

Metal Shingles

Long Lasting Roofs

A Roofing Revolution in the Making
MetalWorks roofing shingles represent one of the most revolutionary developments in the residential and light commercial roofing industry. This revolution grew directly out of necessity - the need to find a permanent, economical, and easy-to-install roofing system - a system that would provide long-term value while still remaining affordable.

Building a Better System Through Experience
Building a better roofing system requires a combination of experience and innovative thinking. MetalWorks' relationships with industry leaders such as CENTRIA, NexTech, and The Valspar Corporation give it unprecedented manufacturing capabilities, allowing it to take advantage of the latest technological advancements. Utilizing the research and development staffs from these industry leaders, MetalWorks products are now at the cutting edge in performance - performance exemplified in the most advanced roofing system of its kind.

The Wood LookThe Smooth Stone LookThe Slate Look

The Copper LookThe Rugged Stone Look

The MetalWorks Galva-Strength® Process

  • Carbon Steel - MetalWorks Steel Shingles begin during the cold-rolled process where the carbon steel is first manufactured.

  • Annealing - After the carbon steel is formed, it goes through an annealing process where it is heated and then slowly cooled to specific tolerances for elongation, tensile strength and formability, as specified by MetalWorks.

  • G-90 Galvanization - Once annealed, the steel is galvanized, using zinc and an iron-zinc-aluminum alloy-bonding layer. MetalWorks steel is galvanized on both sides for superior corrosion protection and exceptional strength, and is coated with a minimum of 0.90 ounces of zinc per square foot that is 50 percent more than industry standards!

  • The Right Technology from Start to Finish - MetalWorks Steel Shingles offer exceptional performance. That's because they were developed using the latest technologies that include a Kynar 500®/Hylar 5000® paint finish. This Fluoropolymer paint system involves one of the strongest chemical bonds known. In fact, it is the same chemistry used in Teflon® non-stick cookware. The finish resists dirt and environmental aging and provides exceptional resistance to fading, chalking, cracking and airborne pollutants.

Roofing Colors
 

GAF
Weatheredwood

Elk
Shakewood

GAF/Elk
Golden Cedar

GAF/Elk
Silver Lining

GAF
Midnight Green

GAF
Charcoal Blend

GAF
Burnt Sienna

Owens Corning
Terra Cotta

GAF
Slate Blend

GAF
Heather Blend

Owens Corning
Brownwood

Owens Corning
Brownwood

Owens Corning
Cedar Blend

TAMKO
Rustic Black

Owens Corning
Desert Tan

GAF
Weatheredwood

Owens Corning
Onyx Black

Owens Corning
Teak

Owens Corning
Estate Grey

GAF
Weatheredwood

Elk (H.D.)
Shakewood

Owens Corning
Driftwood

GAF
Weatheredwood

GAF/Elk
Golden Cedar

TAMKO
Rustic Cedar
 
Shingle Applications
 
Pitch Forks ~ These are used to loosen the composition shingles from the plywood. When You are tearing off wooden cedar shingles it is easier to use a leaf spring from an automobile.   Reel for Chalk ~ You should always pop chalk lines when installing a 20 year shingle (3-tab). Don’t forget to buy the chalk dust for the chalk line.
 
Hammers ~ Roofing hammers have a notch on one end which is used to show the distance between each row of shingles before they are nailed down.   Metal Scissors ~ These are used to cut out the J flashing, open the materials and to manipulate the step flashing etc.
 
Modified Applications
 
Propane Torch ~ These are used to heat the modified bitimun. Make sure that you are using the proper underlayment called base sheet. If you lay down regular felt paper it will catch on fire.   Shovels ~ When you have to tear off an existing roof it is wise to have the correct roof removal shovels. There are also hot mops that resemble a human wig but not after you dip them in tar.
 
Nails Caulking
 
Different Sizes ~ There are many different size nails that are used on a roofing construction site.   Sealant ~ There is a need for caulking on the exposed shingles after fastening down jacks, vents, turbines etc. It is not needed to seal flashings.

 

Decking Grades
 
OSB ~ Oriented Strand Board is the preferred decking of Systematic Roofing. OSB is made from compressing wood chips under extreme pressure and gluing them together. It is very straight when laid down and cannot be installed improperly.   1/2" CDX ~ The letters CDX stands for the grade of wood being used. The C is the 3rd letter (A & B being the best) of 4 grades and D is the worst. The X is the product between the 2 sheets including the glue which holds them together.
 
Tech Shield ~ This wood has an aluminum foil type product on one side that repeals heat. Installing this wood properly is imperative for the best results.   Mill Cert ~ This wood has no regulations and is the very cheapest on the market. It looks very similar to CDX but is an inferior product and home owners should be on the lookout for this product.

 

Moister Barrier
 
15# or 30# Felt ~ Felt paper is most commonly used as a moister barrier between sheetrock and brick or siding on a home or business. In roofing, felt paper is used to keep the chemicals sprayed on plywood off the backside of the laminated shingles. The 15# felt is the preferred weight of all major manufacturers because it absorbs less condensation allowing the shingles to last longer. The 30# felt is mostly used on very steep roofs to help installers get a better grip to walk on and 30# felt is also mandatory in hurricane zones.  

 

Sheet Metal
 
Valley Flashing ~ This flashing is used to roll down the crease between two slopes. Some Valley flashing is left exposed to the weather but Systematic Roofing prefers to close the valley by covering the flashing with shingles.   Step Flashing ~ The flashing is used when the roof slope meets with a wood or brick wall. When meet with a wood wall the flashing is tucked underneath the wood and when the roof meets a brick wall the flashing is tucked underneath counter flashing shown below.
 
Counter Flashing ~ This flashing is pushed into a brick wall. A small 1/2" gap needs to be cut first with a masonry saw.   Ridge Flashing ~ This flashing is used when a roof slope ends with a straight down wall sometimes referred to as a half gable. This flashing is put on the very peak of the gable and nailed down on top of the shingles.
 
Drip Edge ~ This flashing is put underneath the very bottom shingle overlapping the fascia board. It is used to protect the 1x2 from the weather elements.   Chimney Crickets ~ These are custom built to fit a specific chimney. It is used to divert the water as it flows down the roof.

 

Pre-Cut
 
Better Seal ~ These are specifically made to cover the drip edge. There is a special sealant on the edge of these shingles to help keep the first row of shingles from flapping and they don't need to be cut.   3-tab ~ These are actually not made for starter shingles but have been used as such for decades. If you don't cut the tabs the middle of the shingle will not seal to the first row leaving it flapping under extreme winds.

 

Lead Jacks Steel Vents
 
Use the Correct Size ~ These pipe covers are chosen by the width measured from the inside of the pipe.   Baked-On-Enamel ~ These vents come in 4 different colors including aluminum and are used to vent the stove & bathroom fans.

 

Ridge Vents Pan Style Vents
 
They’re Not All the Same ~ Some ridge vents are smaller in width than others and some do not have external baffles. Some use filters to the bugs out and some use grilled rain guards.  

No Motor ~ These are great for garages and in areas where there is no attic (vaulted ceilings etc.).

With Motor ~ These should be installed by a professional because electricity has to be used an is very dangerous.

 
Turbine Vents Soffit Vents
 
Low Slopes ~ These are mostly used on low sloped roofs and come in 4 different colors.   Correct Vent ~ These vents are to be installed under the eaves to let cooler air enter the attic. There are many different sizes and colors for these vents so be sure to choose the ones suited best for your home.

 

Timber Tex Z-Ridge
5 Layers Thick ~ Timber Tex comes in algae resistant and is precut. It has a 16" wide area coverage and has a 30 year warranty.   Not Good for Ridge Vents ~ This does not come with algae resistant and has an 12" coverage area.
 
Algae Resistant
 
Written On the Packaging ~ The packaging will have either SG or AR on the side of each package to prove the oxidizing material is sprinkled on each shingle.  

 

Roofing Paints
 
Rust Protection ~ If your vents are rusted you can protect them from getting worse by painting them with Rust Master.   Jacks & Vents ~ Painting all the pipes and vents on the roof to match the shingle color is a great finishing touch.
 

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