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GAF QuickMeasure: A Breakdown of the Aerial Roof Measurement Tool

By GAF Roof Views

September 02, 2020

GAF QuickMeasure Overview | GAF Roofing

GAF QuickMeasure is the complete aerial roofing measurement software that delivers roof measurements in under an hour for single-family homes, and under 24 hours for multi-family and commercial properties. For as little as $15 a report, it's the only roof measuring tool you need.

Find out more about GAF Quick Measure Roof Reports.

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More homes and businesses in the U.S. are protected by a GAF roof than by any other product. We are the leading roofing manufacturer in North America, with plants strategically located across the U.S. As a Standard Industries company, GAF is part of the largest roofing and waterproofing business in the world.

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