2019 Home Improvement Industry News

It’s home-improvement season, the time when window, siding, and roofing contractors in New Jersey and around the country are taking advantage of the warm weather to put new roofs and siding on people’s homes. Summer and fall are the busiest times for home-improvement companies, so there is plenty of exciting news coming out from the window, siding, and roofing world during this time of year. Read on for news from the biggest and best names in the business!

GAF Congratulates 2018 President’s Club Award Winners

April 9, 2019: GAF, a Standard Industries company and the largest roofing and waterproofing manufacturer in North America, announced the winners of the 2018 President’s Club Awards, recognizing the most elite residential and commercial roofing contractors in the U.S. 

President’s Club Award winners are selected from an elite group of roofing contractors that must first demonstrate proper licensing (in states that require it), maintained insurance, a proven reputation, and a commitment to ongoing professional training. In addition, qualifying contractors must also have met the criteria to earn the designation of a GAF Master Elite® residential contractor, GAF Master Select™ commercial contractor or GAF Premium Coating System commercial contractor. Award winners represent the top one or two percent of roofing contractors nationwide, earning one, two or three stars for meeting specific criteria across high standards for performance, reliability and service.

George J. Keller and Sons, a GAF Master Elite® roofing contractor in New Jersey, is proud to announce that our company made the list of GAF’s President’s Club Awards for 2018!

James Hardie Building Products Inc. Announces Innovative, New Products

February 14, 2019: James Hardie Building Products Inc. recently introduced three new products: Artisan® Shingle, HardieSoffit® VentedPlus™ Panel and HardieBacker® Cement Board with HydroDefense™ Technology.

Continuing to push the boundaries on innovation, James Hardie is proud to add these products to its already impressive portfolio of home-improvement products, upholding the brand’s trusted reputation for high-quality, durable, and reliable building materials: 

  • Artisan® Shingle, the latest addition to the Aspyre Collection by James Hardie™, captures the natural look of cedar shingles, while delivering the uncompromising performance of James Hardie fiber cement. Brought to life through a variety of individual widths and carefully detailed woodgrain patterns, Artisan® Shingle delivers a distinctive design that’s engineered to last. 
  • HardieSoffit® VentedPlus™ Panel surpasses code requirements for roof airflow and saves time and money on installation by reducing the need for additional venting. 
  • HardieBacker® Cement Board with HydroDefense™ Technology is the industry’s first and only waterproof cement backer board, offering superior performance, easy installation, and unparalleled tile adhesion. 

CertainTeed Announces New Shake and Shingle Siding Colors

March 11, 2019: Bold, solid colors are one of the top home exterior trends in 2019, and CertainTeed’s two most popular shake and shingle siding lines are leading the way: Cedar Impressions® Polymer and Northwoods® Vinyl siding. The new colors extend CertainTeed’s title as the industry color leader, adding to the existing wide palette of on-trend colors and profiles that can be mixed and matched for the ultimate in personalized curb appeal. 

Cedar Impressions Individual 5-inch Sawmill Shingles and mitered corners are now available in Colonial White, Natural Clay, Savannah Wicker, Seagrass and Sterling Gray. These are in addition to the innovative Ageless Cedar™ color blends, which capture the appearance of natural Eastern White Cedar and Western Red Cedar at various stages, providing a comprehensive selection of unique random color patterns. 

Accessories for Cedar Impressions Single 7-inch Straight Edge Perfection Shingles are now available in a new solid color to best complement the Ageless Cedar, Cedar Blend color. The new Cedar Blend solid color accessories include outside corner, inside corner, j-channel, undersill trim, cornice mold and bay window corner. The shingles are also offered in Driftwood, Natural and Rustic blends.

Andersen Corporation Named 2019 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award Winner

Andersen Corporation, including its subsidiaries, has been named a 2019 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award winner. The Sustained Excellence Award is the highest honor given by ENERGY STAR for continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. Andersen will be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. on April 11, 2019.

“As one of the largest window and door manufacturers in North America, it is our responsibility to produce durable products that help reduce energy consumption and emissions, lower utility costs, and improve personal health and well-being,” said Jay Lund, chairman and CEO of Andersen Corporation. “We are proud to have been named a 2019 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award winner and continue our partnership with the ENERGY STAR program, a trusted symbol of energy efficiency.”

Andersen has been an ENERGY STAR® partner since the Windows program began in 1998 and was the first window manufacturer awarded the ENERGY STAR National Window Partner of the Year in 1999. This is Andersen’s fifth Sustained Excellence Award and the tenth time the company has been recognized by the ENERGY STAR program.

Take Advantage of Home Improvement Season with George J Keller – North Jersey’s Premier Home Improvement Company

So, there you have it, the latest and greatest home-improvement news from some of the industry’s top manufacturers. If you’re thinking about installing a new roof, siding, or windows, there’s no better time. The technologies and aesthetic options that are available today are truly amazing and offer an incredible value. Because we have trusted relationships with the biggest names in the business, you can feel good about choosing George J. Keller and Sons when it’s time to invest in your next home-improvement project – call today 973-927-0963.