IdentityHow GAF Has “Dummy-Proofed” Shingle Installation

February 10, 2023

How GAF “Dummy-Proofed” Roof Shingle Installation On Central MA Homes

The New HDz Shingle Makes Nailing Easier & Faster… While Providing UNLIMITED Wind Resistance.


GAF shingles simply don’t mess up. It’s why GAF is the #1 roofing shingle manufacturer in Central MA, New England… and the entire country. And it’s why whenever I do see a problem with a GAF roof another contractor installed, I KNOW it’s always due to the workmanship—not the product.

GAF doesn’t like it when sloppy roofers quash the potential of their awesome shingles. That’s why the company recently developed a brand-new type of shingle—one so installer-friendly that a blindfolded monkey could properly nail it.

It’s called the GAF HDz shingle, and it sports a 600% (!!!) bigger nailing line than the average shingle. (The nailing area is where the roofer needs to hit with a nail to attach the shingle properly.)

Here’s the HDz’s nailing area versus the average nailing area:

GAF Roofing Shingle – StrikeZone
“Before”: GAF HD Shingle Nailing Line.
“After”: GAF HDz Shingle StrikeZone™ Nailing Line.

With other shingles, a roofer has to hit that white line with pinpoint accuracy. As you can imagine, many roof installers miss such a small target with alarming frequency. Research shows the average roofer hits the nailing area of the average shingle only 60% of the time.

This leads to one of the biggest reasons for shingle failure: high nailing. When you hit the nailing area, those specific nails should catch the top edge of the shingle below it. But when you attach the nails ABOVE the nailing area (“high nailing”), those nails miss the shingles in the row below. This dramatically reduces wind resistance and can cause your shingles to blow off when it’s windy.

The HDz shingle’s StrikeZone™ virtually eliminates high nailing. A roofer can insert the nail anywhere between the two white lines. When GAF tested the HDz shingle with its StrikeZone feature, roofers hit the nailing line… drum roll… 99% of the time!

In other words… so easy a blindfolded monkey could do it.

New England’s Only 100% Wind-PROOF Roof Shingle 

When you combine the StrikeZone with GAF’s LayerLock™ Technology and Dura Grip™ sealant, you get something unprecedented in the roofing industry: a shingle with no maximum wind speed limit.

Here’s how it works:

  1. The StrikeZone ensures correct nail placement (no more high nailing).
  2. LayerLock Technology fuses the common bond between the overlapping shingle layers.
  3. Dura Grip sealant pairs with the StrikeZone nailing area for lightning-quick adhesion. When the bond cures, it creates incredible durability, strength, and wind resistance.

This system creates THE most adhesive roofing shingles in the industry. Hands. Down.

Watch this video for more info about the HDz shingle and how it’s a game-changer:

But Nailing Is Only Part Of Shingle Installation 

We’ve always taken the time and care to hit the shingles in the nailing area. The 600% bigger nailing area of the HDz shingle doesn’t improve our already perfect installation “batting average.” It does, however, mean we can install your roof FASTER.

A study conducted by Home Innovation Research Labs showed that the HDz’s StrikeZone produced 30% quicker nail fastening. It’s easy to see why. The StrikeZone makes hitting the nailing line less like threading a needle and more like hitting the broadside of a barn. The giant, near-unmissable target area makes us more efficient… which makes your project go quicker.


But here’s the thing: nailing is only a part of the shingle-installation equation. Though GAF has dummy-proofed the nailing process, there are still a half-dozen ways for roofers to mess up installing shingles. Improper flashing, incorrect overhang, lack of starter shingles… the list goes on and on. There are two dozen and one ways a roofer can get the installation wrong. That’s why it’s so important to have a meticulous, passionate, qualified expert on your side.

Solid State Construction is that expert.

We’re a passionate, zero-compromises company that refuses to cut corners, use substandard materials, or do anything less than 100% right. We’re so preoccupied with perfection that our roof installation goes above and beyond even the rigid Master Elite standards that GAF sets.

If that sounds like the kind of company you want replacing your roof in Central MA or New England, get in touch for a free ironclad quote. You can also schedule a virtual consultation and speak with us right from your computer.

We would be honored to hear from you!