What do roofing warranties cover

Help! What Do Roofing Warranties Cover?

When purchasing a new roof for your home, it is important to discover what kind of roofing warranty you will receive when the project is complete, as well as what’s covered over time. Most roofing manufacturers will offer some basic warranty coverage against manufacturing defects in the company’s roofing materials. But there are also enhanced warranties available through the roofing contractor, the manufacturer or both. So what DO roofing warranties cover?

The three most common roof warranties are:

  • Manufacturer product warranties
  • Contractor warranties
  • Enhanced manufacturer’s warranties

In general, the enhanced manufacturer’s warranties offer the homeowners the most protection.

For example, at Classic Roofing & Contracting, our full-time factory-trained craftsmen are certified through the GAF Roofing Academy. This enables us to offer a lifetime warranty on GAF shingles and a 25-year workmanship warranty. The lifetime warranty is defined as long as you, the original owner(s), or the second owner(s) if coverage was properly transferred during the Smart Choice Protection Period, own the property where the shingles and accessories are installed.

Essentially with the enhanced GAF warranties, the more robust GAF products and accessories that you as the homeowner invest in, the longer the amount of time your roof will be protected by the warranties. The GAF accessories include the GAF ridge cap shingles, GAF starter strip shingles, GAF leak barrier products, GAF roof deck protection products and GAF Cobra ventilation products.

Here is a look at the good, better and best warranties available to homeowners that choose Classic Roofing & Construction for their roofing needs.

GAF Shingle and Accessory Limited Warranty

  • Eligibility requirements: None! Great coverage comes standard with purchase of this product.
  • Warranty term for shingles: Lifetime
  • Smart Choice Protection Period: 10 years
  • Algae warranty term: 10 years for StainGuard-labeled shingles; 25 years for StainGuard Plus labeled shingles and ridge cap shingles
  • Wind warranty term: 15 years
  • Maximum wind speed coverage: 130 mph with special installation (four nails per shingle)
  • Tear off: Not covered
  • Disposal: Not covered
  • Workmanship: Not covered

GAF Roofing System Limited Warranty

  • Eligibility requirements: Installation of GAF shingles and at least three qualifying accessory products
  • Warranty term for shingles: Lifetime
  • Smart Choice Protection Period: 10 years
  • Algae warranty term: 10 years for StainGuard-labeled shingles; 25 years for StainGuard Plus labeled shingles and ridge cap shingles
  • Wind warranty term: 15 years
  • Maximum wind speed coverage: Non-LayerLock labeled shingles: 130 mph with special installation (four nails per shingle); LayerLock-labeled shingles: WINDPROVEN limited wind warranty: No maximum wind speed limitation
  • Tear off: Not covered
  • Disposal: Not covered
  • Workmanship: Not covered

System Plus Limited Warranty

  • Installation of GAF Shingles and at least three qualifying accessory products
  • Installed by GAF Certified or Master Elite Roofing Contractor
  • Warranty term for shingles: Lifetime
  • Smart Choice Protection Period: 50 years
  • Algae warranty term: 10 years for StainGuard-labeled shingles; 25 years for StainGuard Plus labeled shingles and ridge cap shingles
  • Wind warranty term: 15 years
  • Maximum wind speed coverage: Non-LayerLock labeled shingles: 130 mph with special installation (four nails per shingle); LayerLock-labeled shingles: WINDPROVEN limited wind warranty: No maximum wind speed limitation
  • Tear off: Covered (when necessary)
  • Disposal: Not covered
  • Workmanship: Not covered

Silver Pledge Limited Warranty

  • Installation of GAF shingles and at least four qualifying accessory products
  • Installed by GAF Certified or Master Elite Roofing Contractor
  • Warranty term for shingles: Lifetime
  • Smart Choice Protection Period: 50 years
  • Algae warranty term: 10 years for StainGuard-labeled shingles; 25 years for StainGuard Plus labeled shingles and ridge cap shingles
  • Wind warranty term: 15 years
  • Maximum wind speed coverage: Non-LayerLock labled shingles: 130 mph with special installation (four nails per shingle); LayerLock-labeled shingles: WINDPROVEN limited wind warranty: No maximum wind speed limitation!
  • Tear off: Covered (when necessary)
  • Disposal: Not covered
  • Workmanship: Not covered

Golden Pledge Limited Warranty

  • Installation of GAF Shingles and at least five qualifying accessory products
  • Installed by GAF Certified or Master Elite Roofing Contractor
  • Warranty term for shingles: Lifetime
  • Smart Choice Protection Period: 50 years
  • Algae warranty term: 10 years for StainGuard-labeled shingles; 25 years for StainGuard Plus labeled shingles and ridge cap shingles
  • Wind warranty term: 15 years
  • Maximum wind speed coverage: Non-LayerLock labeled shingles: 130 mph with special installation (four nails per shingle); LayerLock-labeled shingles: WINDPROVEN limited wind warranty: No maximum wind speed limitation
  • Tear off: Covered (when necessary)
  • Disposal: Covered (when necessary)
  • Workmanship: 25 years or 30 years for Timberline UHD

How can I obtain a GAF enhanced warranty?

GAF enhanced warranties are only available through GAF certified roofing contractors. GAF Certified Contractors can offer the System Plus Limited Warranty. GAF Master Elite Contractors, such as Classic Roofing & Construction, can offer all GAF enhanced warranties, including the Silver Pledge Limited Warranty and Golden Pledge Limited Warranty.

What are the benefits of the GAF Roofing System Limited Warranty?

When you install a GAF Roofing System (defined as GAF Lifetime shingles plus at least three qualifying accessories), you are automatically eligible for the coverage provided by the GAF Roofing System Limited Warranty, which provides the same great coverage as the GAF Shingle & Accessory Limited Warranty, but adds lifetime coverage on your qualifying accessory products. Depending on what products you install, you may also be eligible for the WindProven Limited Wind Warranty.

What are the benefits of the System Plus Limited Warranty?

The System Plus Limited Warranty provides all of the same coverage available in the GAF Roofing System Limited Warranty, but the Smart Choice Protection Period is extended from 10 years to 50 years, and tear-off is included (when necessary).

What are the benefits of the Silver Pledge Limited Warranty?

The Silver Pledge Limited Warranty provides all of the same coverage available in the System Plus Limited Warranty, but also offers 10 years of workmanship coverage and disposal (when necessary).

What are the benefits of the Golden Pledge Limited Warranty?

The Golden Pledge Limited Warranty provides all of the same coverage available in the Silver Pledge Limited Warranty, but the workmanship coverage lasts for 20, 25 or 30 years (depending on the type of shingles you choose to install).

Does my GAF warranty need to be registered?

Neither the GAF Shingle & Accessory Limited Warranty nor the GAF Roofing System Limited Warranty require registration. Simply hold on to your proof of purchase (such as your contract with your installer, or invoice from roofing supply store or retail store where you purchased the GAF products), which will need to be provided to GAF in the unlikely event you experience a problem with your GAF products during the warranty term and need to file a claim. Enhanced warranties (such as the System Plus Limited Warranty, Silver Pledge Limited Warranty and Golden Pledge Limited Warranty) do require registration, but Classic Roofing & Construction will take care of that for you.

What do I need to do in order to obtain the “Wind Proven Limited Wind Warranty” and what exactly does it cover?

The WindProven Limited Wind Warranty is an industry-first: 15-year limited wind warranty with no maximum wind speed limitation. In order to qualify for WindProven Limited Wind Warranty coverage, Classic Roofing & Construction must install GAF LayerLock-labeled shingles and at least four qualifying GAF accessory products, including GAF ridge cap shingles, GAF starter strip shingles and a GAF roof deck protection product, plus your choice of either a GAF leak barrier product or GAF attic ventilation product.

The WindProven Limited Wind Warranty provides coverage for your LayerLock-labeled shingles only. The WindProven Limited Wind Warranty does not cover any GAF accessory products. The remedy provided in the event of a claim is reimbursement for the reasonable costs of replacing blown-off or damaged shingles and hand-sealing any unsealed shingles.

How do I transfer my GAF warranty?

The easiest way to transfer your GAF warranty is by sending an email to ccp@gaf.com clearly stating your name, address and the date you purchased the property. GAF might request a copy of your deed or other documentary proof of the date the property changed hands. If you have questions, or prefer not to send this information via email, you can call GAF at 1-877-423-7663.

How can I file a warranty claim?

The easiest way to open a claim is online at gaf.com/contact. You may also call GAF at 1-800-458-1860, email warrantyclaims@gaf.com or send a notice in writing to: GAF, Warranty Claims Department, 1 Campus Drive, Parsippany, NJ 07054.

How can I check the status of my warranty claim?

The easiest way to check the status of your claim is online at gaf.com/contact. You may also call GAF at 1-800-458-1860, email warrantyclaims@gaf.com or send a notice in writing to: GAF, Warranty Claims Department, 1 Campus Drive, Parsippany, NJ 07054.

How do I get started obtaining these warranties?

Contact Classic Roofing & Construction for a free estimate on your roofing project by calling 727-477-3518 or schedule a free consultation.

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