Posted January 25, 2017

GAF launches roof-integrated solar system at IBS 

DecoTech solar system provides an attractive, low-profile alternative to typical rack-mounted solar panels.

GAF, North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, has announced a breakthrough in solar roofing technology: the DecoTech Roof-Integrated Solar System.

The GAF DecoTech System, introduced at the International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Orlando, Florida, couples with innovative, attractive, and affordable solar technology with fast, safe, and easy installation by roofing contractors.

Designed to provide an attractive, low-profile alternative to typical rack-mounted solar panels (which are typically suspended above the roof’s shingles), the DecoTech™ System is integrated directly into the roofing system. GAF uses premium solar panels to optimize power output. Robust flashing and a sleek black perimeter shield reduces the risk of leaks and animal intrusion, while creating a monochromatic profile that helps blend the Deco Black panels into the roof for maximum aesthetic appeal.

“Affordable, effective, and visually appealing solar has been one of the most talked-about promises in the roofing industry,” said Anthony Ruffine, GAF vice president of renewable energy & strategic marketing.“ We are very proud that our DecoTech product fulfills that promise.”

“GAF received a tremendous response to the DecoTech System at IBS,” Ruffine added.

“We heard from established solar contractors who want to add the DecoTech product to their line, as well as roofing contractors who see the potential to build their businesses with an innovative offering that integrates smoothly with their existing business.”

“The DecoTech Roof-Integrated Solar System will make it even easier for many of our factory-certified roofing contractors to offer affordable solar power to their customers,” said Ruffine. The DecoTech System will also be supported by financing relationships that may, depending on lender approval and other terms and conditions, help homeowners achieve their solar aspirations. The DecoTech System fits into GAF’s history of offering innovative products and solutions to contractors, homeowners, and industry professionals.

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