When you invest in a new roof, you expect that roof to last. But sometimes there are issues that have arisen during the manufacturing or installation process that are not discovered until after your roof has been on your home for a while. Should a problem arise, the repair can be as expensive as your original roof, so understanding the different warranty options available to you before you purchase your new roof is vital.
There are a number of factors that warranty coverage may or may not provide protection for, dependent upon the warranty you have chosen.
Material Defect is always covered for a limited period of time specific to each product.
Workmanship may or may not be covered, dependent on the warranty selected and the roofing contractor who did the installation work.
GAF has three levels of warranty available to the homeowner investing in a new GAF shingle roofing system: GAF Shingle & Accessory Warranty, GAF Weather Stopper System Plus Ltd. Warranty, and GAF Golden Pledge Ltd. Warranty. Only GAF Master Elite Contractors can offer the Golden Pledge Warranty. All of these warranties provide maximum wind coverage up to 130 mph on all GAF shingles except the 3-Tab shingles and these warranties are transferable.
GAF Shingle & Accessory Warranty
This is GAF’s basic warranty and is available on any installation. It covers 100% of any material defect found and the cost of installation labor for 10 years, although GAF’s 3-Tab shingles are only covered 3-5 years under this warranty. There is no workmanship coverage with this warranty.
GAF Weather Stopper System Plus Ltd. Warranty
GAF’s Better warranty, available through a GAF certified installer, System Plus covers 100% of material defects for 50 years, 20 years on 3-Tab shingles. It covers 100% of installation labor costs for the lifetime of the roof, 3-Tab shingles are only covered 25-30 years for labor costs. System Plus typically has the contractor providing 100% workmanship coverage for 2 years and also covers misapplication of certain flashings for that same 2 year period. Tear-off costs are covered if the original issue was a material defect.
GAF Golden Pledge Ltd. Warranty
GAF’s Best warranty, available only through a GAF Master Elite Roofing Contractor. Golden Pledge covers 100% of material defects for 50 years, 20 years on 3-Tab shingles. It covers 100% of installation labor costs for the lifetime of the roof, 3-Tab shingles are only covered 25-30 years for labor costs. Golden Pledge provides 100% workmanship coverage for 25 years and also covers misapplication of certain flashings with coverage provided and backed by GAF. Tear-off and disposal costs are covered for both material defects and workmanship. This Warranty also looks to problem prevention with a 40 point factory inspection.
GAF shingles go through a number of inspections, as well as years of testing, so the chances of the shingles themselves failing are slim, but it does occasionally happen. And while it is extremely rare, if it happens it can be as expensive to fix as the original installation cost. Studies have proven that more than two-thirds of the problems that new roofs experience are due to contractor workmanship, which is why GAF provides training for roofing contractors and backs those that have achieved Master Elite status.
As GAF Master Elite Roofing Contractors, Tri County Roofing can provide you with the highest level of coverage when you have a new GAF shingle roofing system installed. When it is time for your next roof talk to a Tri County Roofing professional to discover how we have you covered.