The Benefits of Hiring a GAF Certified Installer:
Shingles have changed dramatically over time. As a roofing contractor for over twenty years, we have witnessed these changes and can tell you that homeowners have benefited greatly from them, especially in the area of warranties. In fact, when they choose a certified installer, homeowners can now benefit from warranties that have never been seen in our lifetime.
In the past, roofing shingles were typically sold by weight and warranty time periods. There were light weight (about 215 pounds per square), mid-weight (about 240 pounds) and heavyweight (300-320 pounds). The heavier (and thicker) the shingles were, the longer the warranty period.
When the industry standard changed from organic/asphalt to fiberglass/asphalt the weight and thickness became less important. By saturating a fiberglass mat with asphalt the manufacturers were able to create a stronger but lighter product. Weight became less relevant and the products were sold by warranty time periods such as twenty, twenty-five, and thirty years. In recent years, the manufacturers have changed the warranties to two different warranty periods: 20/25 years and Lifetime.
When selecting your shingles, it is important to know how these warranties work. Under the standard agreement, the manufacturer will warrant against defects caused during the manufacturing period. Some of these defects are blistering, delaminating, and improper sealing, among others. The 20/25 year shingles come with a 100% material and labor guarantee for the initial ten years the shingles are on the home. Beginning in year eleven, however, the manufacturer will no longer pay for the labor to install the new shingles and they will only pay a pro-rated portion of the cost of the new shingles up until the 20/25 year period expires. Also, they will not reimburse the owner for the cost of incidental material, such as felt or nails.
The lifetime warranty terms are basically the same with an extension of the end of the term. This, however, begs the question: How do you calculate a pro-rated amount based on a lifetime warranty? Nobody has been able to satisfactorily answer that question.
The problem is easily resolved by dealing with a GAF Certified Installer like Conlon Roofing & Exteriors. As a certified installer, we offer our customers the System Plus Warranty. In order to qualify, we are required to install three GAF accessory products in addition to the Lifetime shingles. This is not an issue because our standard reroof package always has at least three approved accessories. The terms of the warranty now extends the non-prorated period from TEN years to FIFTY years. Therefore, if your shingles have a manufacturing defect IN THE FIRST FIFTY YEARS THAT THEY ARE ON YOUR HOME, GAF WILL REIMBURSE YOU THE MARKET RATE AMOUNT TO REPLACE YOUR ROOF. The cost for this warranty is $70.00, which we absorb, and the choice to purchase it is really a “no-brainer”. If your shingles prove to be defective within the 50 years, GAF will get you a new roof! This includes shingles, labor, and all the incidentals that come with installation.