Unraveling the Intricacies of GAF Roofing Warranties: An In-Depth Guide for Homeowners

January 19, 2024

GAF Shingle & Accessory Limited Warranty

Let's start with the basics. All GAF roofing shingles and qualifying accessories come with the GAF Shingle & Accessory Limited Warranty. This is the standard warranty that doesn't require any additional steps from your end. It's essentially a safety net that covers any manufacturing defects in your GAF products. If a problem arises due to a manufacturing defect, this warranty steps in to cover the costs of the issue.

GAF Roofing System Limited Warranty

Next up is the GAF Roofing System Limited Warranty. This warranty comes into play when you install a GAF Roofing System, which is defined as GAF Lifetime Shingles plus at least three qualifying accessories. It provides the same coverage as the basic warranty but extends the coverage to your qualifying accessory products. This means that not only your shingles but also the additional accessories installed with them are covered. Depending on the products you install, you may also be eligible for the WindProven Limited Wind Warranty, which offers specific coverage for wind damage.

System Plus Limited Warranty

The System Plus Limited Warranty takes things a step further. It provides the same coverage as the GAF Roofing System Limited Warranty but extends the Smart Choice Protection Period from 10 years to a whopping 50 years. Additionally, it includes tear-off when necessary. This means that if your roof needs to be completely removed due to a covered issue, the costs for this process are covered under this warranty.

Silver Pledge Limited Warranty

The Silver Pledge Limited Warranty offers all the coverage of the System Plus Limited Warranty, but it also includes 10 years of workmanship coverage and disposal when necessary. This means that if there are any errors in the installation of your roof, this warranty has you covered. It covers the costs of labor and materials needed to correct any installation errors. This warranty can only be offered by GAF certified contractors.

Golden Pledge Limited Warranty

The Golden Pledge Limited Warranty is the most comprehensive of all. It includes all the coverage of 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. This warranty provides the longest duration of workmanship coverage and can only be offered by GAF Master Elite Contractors.

Understanding "Lifetime" and the "Smart Choice Protection Period"

In the context of these warranties, "Lifetime" refers to the length of coverage provided by your GAF warranty and means as long as you, the original owner(s), own the property where the shingles and/or accessories are installed. For non-individual owners or buildings, such as corporations or governmental entities, the length of the warranty is 40 years.

The Smart Choice Protection Period is the initial period after installation during which the coverage provided by your GAF warranty is non-prorated. After this period, the remedy provided by your GAF Warranty may be reduced to reflect the use you have received from your GAF Products.

Wind and Algae Coverage

All GAF warranties covering shingles and accessories offer wind warranty coverage, which lasts for 15 years. The maximum wind speed coverage depends on the type of shingles installed and the installation method. Algae warranty coverage is also available in all GAF warrantiescovering shingles and accessories, with varying terms depending on the specific product.

The Process of Obtaining an Enhanced Warranty

Enhanced warranties, such as the Silver Pledge and Golden Pledge, are only available through GAF certified roofing contractors. These warranties require registration, which your GAF Certified Contractor will handle for you. It's important to ensure your contractor is certified to offer these warranties.

Transferring or Filing a Claim

Transferring your GAF Warranty is as simple as sending an email to ccp@gaf.com with your name, address, and the date you purchased the property. To file a claim or check the status of an existing claim, you can visit gaf.com/contact, call GAF at 1-800-458-1860, or send a notice in writing to GAF, Warranty Claims Department, 1 Campus Drive, Parsippany, NJ 07054.

In conclusion, GAF offers a spectrum of warranties to cater to diverse needs. From the basic Shingle & Accessory Limited Warranty to the comprehensive Golden Pledge Limited Warranty, each provides a level of protection to give homeowners peace of mind. It's crucial to understand what your warranty covers and what it doesn't, and to keep all necessary documents in case you need to file a claim. Always consider your home's specific needs and consult with a certified contractor to determine the best warranty for your situation.