Residential Roofing - Warranty Information

GAF Ltd. Warranty Comparison Guide*

shingle-warranty BASE
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shingle-warranty BEST
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Material Defect Coverage
100% Coverage Period
10 yrs.
(3 or 5 yrs. on 3-tab shingles)
50 yrs.
(20 yrs. on 3-tab shingles)
50 yrs.
(20 yrs. on 3-tab shingles)
Covers roofing system?
Yes, system coverage is available Yes, covers entire system Yes, covers entire system
Cost of installation labor included?
10 yrs.
(3 or 5 yrs. on 3-tab shingles)
Lifetime
(25 or 30 yrs. on 3-tab shingles)
Lifetime
(25 or 30 yrs. on 3-tab shingles)
Workmanship Coverage*
100% Coverage Period
None 2 yrs.
(Typical coverage offered by contractor)
25 yrs.
(20 yrs. on 3-tab shingles)
(Coverage provided and backed by GAF)
Misapplication of certain flashings covered?
No 2 yrs.
(Typical coverage offered by contractor
25 yrs.
(20 yrs. on 3-tab shingles)
(Coverage provided and backed by GAF)
Installer certified?
No
(Anyone can install)
Yes Yes
Tear-off costs included? (when necessary)
No Yes
(For material defects only)
Yes
(For material defects or workmanship)
Disposal costs included? (when necessary)
No No Yes
(For material defects or workmanship)
Problem Prevention
Exclusive 40-point factory inspection?
No No Yes
Peace of Mind*
"Maximum" wind coverage up to 130 mph Category 3 hurricane wind speed available?
Yes
(Not available for 3-tab shingles)
Yes
(Not available for 3-tab shingles)
Yes
(Not available for 3-tab shingles)
Warranty transferable?
Yes Yes Yes
Free transfer?
Yes Yes Yes
 
Yes Yes Yes

* Check ltd. warranties for complete coverage and restrictions. Also note:

  • The word “Lifetime” means as long as the original individual owner of a single family detached residence (or the second owner in certain circumstances) owns the property where the shingles are installed. For owners/structures (e.g., a church) not meeting above criteria, Lifetime coverage is not applicable. See limited warranty for complete coverage and restrictions.
  • Installer certification is only for installations covered by GAF system warranties.
  • Maximum wind coverage requires special installation.  See limited warranty for complete coverage and restrictions.

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