Text Transcript of Engineered to Endure Extreme Testing Video
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Engineered to Endure Extreme Testing Video
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[Narrator stands in front of an open hangar with many large turbines]
Narrator: GAF performs over 4,000 quality checks on its shingles. But that’s not enough.
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[Words appear: “Wall of Wind Experimental Facility, Miami, Florida”]
So we came to this testing facility to see how well our Timberline shingles hold up to
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Category 3 hurricane-force winds.
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[Workers open the hangar doors. People in a control room operate computers. Hands turn a dial and the wind turbines begin to spin.
A house outfitted with GAF shingles on its roof stands near these wind turbines. Gale-force winds begin blowing debris, leaves, and furniture around.
Bicycles and garbage cans topple over. In the control room, the computer displays show that the wind speeds reach upwards of 130mph. Debris and leaves continue to be blows about in front of the house. In the control room, the people turn off the wind turbines. In front of the house, the aftermath is shown.
Furniture, pieces of fence, and other debris are shown strewn about. The house is shown with no damage to the roof and without any shingles missing.]
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Obviously, our roof shingles can stand up to extreme wind.
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But can they stand up to, say, red-hot flaming embers?
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[The house is shown. Large pipes spew sparks and flames onto the roof of the house. No apparent damage to the roof is being caused by the sparks and flames.]
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Nothing stops fire, but GAF shingles can resist and with GAF’s reputation for quality,
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you might say we have nothing more to prove.
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Of course that didn’t stop us from testing our shingles against hundreds of gallons
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of water in under 2 minutes.
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[Two large fire engines drive toward the house. Firefighters spray high-pressure water on the roof of the house.
When the spraying stops, a worker pulls a photograph of a small child from under one of the shingles on the roof. The photograph is completely dry.]
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Underneath: not a drop.
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What helps to make all this possible?
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[A laboratory worker uses a machine to mix a black, viscous substance in an industrial vat.]
It’s called “Dura-grip”
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A unique adhesive that holds GAF shingles tightly to your roof.
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[A laboratory worker applies the substance to a metal plate, and attaches another metal plate on top of the substance. Both metal
plates are attached to trailer hitches. The 10-ton house is loaded onto a flatbed trailer. The trailer is shown to be attached to a truck
via the trailer hitches which are held together with the substance. The truck pulls away, towing the flatbed with the house on it.]
So strong, we used it to make a trailer hitch that pulled the 10-ton house used in these tests.
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A GAF roof is engineered to endure and tested to extremes.
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That’s what’s made GAF North America’s largest roofing manufacturer.
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[A recapitulation of the water, wind, and fire tests is shown.]
And they’ve got it down to a science – the science of peace of mind.
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[The GAF logo is shown as well as the text “The Science of Peace of Mind.”]
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[The following text appears on screen: “This demonstration is performed under controlled conditions. It is not intended to create
any warranties about product performance in an actual hurricane or fire. The GAF Shingle and Accessory Limited Warranty covers your Timberline Shingles against manufacturing defects that adversely affect their performance. Damages resulting from acts of nature, such as a fire, and winds (including gusts) over 110mph for shingles installed using standard installation method or 130mph for shingles installed using special installation method are not covered. See warranty for coverage and restrictions.”]
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[The following text appears on screen: “Wind tests conducted at the Wall of Wind Experimental Facility. All other tests were conducted at another facility and did not involve Wall of Wind Experimental Facility. GAF acknowledges that the work conducted by the Wall of Wind Experimental Facility, or any deliverables provided, are not an endorsement, certification or promotion of any product or services of GAF.”]