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GAF vs. CertainTeed

Most homeowners are looking for a top quality shingle yet often don’t know the difference between some of the top brands. GAF and CertainTeed have reputation for being among the best and they are commonly compared.

We have a favorite: GAF. We’re one of the select few Master Elite® certified roofing contractors, and our experiences with their products are always positive. For homeowners looking for a high-end, long-lasting roof that doesn’t break the bank and that they don’t have to worry about, our go-to recommendation is GAF Timberline HD®. But some customers have heard that CertainTeed offers a better product, so we would like to clear up why we prefer GAF.

The first place you want to look when evaluating a roofing shingle is the reputation of the manufacturing plant you’ll receive your shingles from. Even when one company might have the same product with the same name and the same specifications, the quality of the product can vary greatly depending on where it is manufactured.

GAF as a whole has not had an unblemished history. Several of its manufacturing facilities underwent a class action lawsuit that settled in 2015. This may be a contributor to why some homeowners are cautious about using GAF shingles. However, when history is broken down by facility, the story changes. The plant that manufactures all GAF products in our area of the Pacific Northwest, Gaf Shafter Shingle Plant, has a phenomenal track record. The plant creates the best shingle we’ve seen. While there might be cause for concern in some plants in some parts of the world, over here in the Pacific Northwest, our GAF shingles are about as good as it gets.

Much of what people say about different shingles doesn’t take this information into account. A person who has a great experience with GAF may live in the Pacific Northwest yet not mention that when discussing his or her experience. The inverse can be true of somebody with a poor experience. If the manufacturing origin of the shingle is unknown, people discussing their experiences online can be misleading.

CertainTeed’s history isn’t unblemished either.  In 2009, the company settled a number of class action lawsuits for defective organic shingles.  There have since been similar reports of CertainTeed asphalt shingles malfunctioning in the same manner.  This doesn’t mean that CertainTeed shingles should be avoided.  Instead, it means the same thing that the storied history for all shingle manufacturers means: the facility in which the shingles that will go on your roof matters.

The next step is to evaluate the fine print of their warranties. GAF and CertainTeed both boast top notch warranties, but with some key distinctions. We believe that the GAF warranties are more secure. GAF’s language leaves less room for the company to void a warranty than CertainTeed’s language does. For example, CertainTeed states that “any shingles applied to inadequately ventilated or non-ventilated decks…are subject to a reduced limited warranty period of ten years and do not qualify for SureStart Protection.” The language allows CertainTeed to interpret ventilation adequacy and deny coverage based on that.  Since most homes have ventilation issues, many homeowners with CertainTeed products might find themselves being denied warranty coverage after their shingles fail. GAF doesn’t have such language and homeowners are not at risk of being wrongly denied warranty coverage for this reason.

An additional yet key difference in warranties is who conducts the installation.  GAF’s and CertainTeed’s highest warranties (Golden Pledge® and SureStart™ PLUS, respectively) may boast the same 25-year workmanship warranty, but that doesn’t mean that the probability of the homeowner having to call in the warranty is the same.  Who is allowed to provide each warranty?  CertainTeed only allows its 5 Star SureStart Plus warranty to be offered by its SELECT ShingleMaster™ contractors.  GAF’s highest level of contractor, Master Elite®, are the only who can provide the Golden Pledge warranty.  3% of GAF contractors are Master Elite.  The number of CertainTeed contractors that are SELECT ShingleMaster is a difficult number to come by.  By my calculations, there are approximately 2 and a half times as many SELECT ShingleMaster contractors than Master Elite contractors.

This means that if quality of installation and warranty are top priority to you, if you go with GAF’s most secure offering, the contractors installing the material are in the top 3% of contractors.  If you go with CertainTeed’s top offering, the contractors installing the material are in around the top 7.5% of contractors.  For something as important as your roof, this can be a big difference.  The larger pool of contractors providing CertainTeed’s top warranty means there is a higher probability that the installation may not be as good.

What is your experience with these different shingle manufacturers?  We would love to hear about it in the comments below!

 

Looking for a awesome shingles and you can’t decide which kind?  CHASE CONSTRUCTION NORTH WEST, INC. wants to help! We have extensive experience with every kind of shingle and want to help you find which suits you best!   We’ve been a family owned business since 2002 and have been GAF MASTER ELITE® certified for 8 years and counting!  Give us a call at 253-445-8950 or fill out our quick estimate form!

NRCA National Roofing Week

NRCA National Roofing Week 2018: Signature Projects

Having long-term friendships can be a sign that you’re giving at least as much as you’re receiving, that your word can be relied upon, and that you’re a joy to be around.  These are some of the main reasons that one of our chief goals at Chase Construction North West, Inc. is developing friendships that last a lifetime.  When we have those, we know that we’re helping people and doing the right thing!

It’s always a great joy to hear from customers we’ve had over the years, to see how they’re doing, to get to know them better, and to find their satisfaction of the roofing service we provided.  When we hear that a previous customer wants us to do more work for them, it’s one of the most fulfilling parts of our work.

One such example came up recently when we re-roofed a customer’s house in 2017.  It was for the same customer that Joel had installed a roof for 21 years ago!

Here’s some photos:

This week has been a blast! Thanks so much to all of you for joining us during this week!

Looking for a new roof?  Let us install one for you!  CHASE CONSTRUCTION NORTH WEST, INC. has been a MASTER ELITE® roofing contractor with GAF for 8 years and have been installing the best roofing systems for 16 years.  Contact us today by filling out our free estimate form or calling us at 253-445-8950.

NRCA National Roofing Week 2018: Charitable Projects

Charity is top priority at Chase Construction North West, Inc.! We try to give as much back to the community as we can, and this often comes in the form of donating labor for Habitat for Humanity.  The people we work with for the Habitat projects are always very helpful, and we love working with them!

Our Latest Charity Roof:

We recently finished a project in Seattle, partnering with Habitat for Humanity and GAF. The system was top notch with the beautiful GAF Timberline HD® shingle in the popular color, charcoal and all the accessories, including, valley metal and the slick-looking ventilation package of the Cobra® Exhaust Vent and Cobra® IntakePro™. The homeowner Katie, is an avid doll maker and has a lot of delicate equipment in her home, but the leaky roof was putting them at risk for damage. When interviewed, Kristina Struve Copley from Habitat for Humanity mentioned: “Not only was it a concern that the roof was leaking for her own safety, but, she has all these wonderful things inside her house that are now much better protected with the new roof.” When asked by Tom Stancik of GAF how she liked the roof, the home owner replied “Love it, I don’t have to have a bucket!” It is interactions like this that keeps us going! We look forward to many Habitat for Humanity projects in the future! Check out the video below of the Katie Love-Davis project , and let us know what you think!

Stay tuned for the rest of the week!  Here’s what’s to come:

Thursday, June 7: Signature projects, where we’ll share photos of our signature residential and commercial projects.

Friday, June 8: Celebration, where we’ll share photos of how we celebrated National Roofing Week.

Shingles falling off your roof?  We would love to fix that!  CHASE CONSTRUCTION NORTH WEST, INC. has been a MASTER ELITE® roofing contractor with GAF for 8 years and have been installing the best roofing systems for 16 years.  Contact us today by filling out our free estimate form or calling us at 253-445-8950.

NRCA National Roofing Week 2018: Employee Training

There are few components as important for a great business than proper employee training!  Of the many different ways we train our employees, for NRCA National Roofing Week 2018: Employee Training, we’ll present training from professionals outside of the company.  Sometimes these professionals can provide invaluable insight, and we love learning from them!

Whenever the opportunity arises, our team will attend classes provided by manufacturers and suppliers.  These are excellent opportunities to learn as much as we can about cutting edge products and services.  We use the knowledge gained to help our customers find the right system for their project, and the skills gained to properly install those systems.  Recent examples include training with Versico and Polyglass at the CDS distribution center, and a diverse collection of training with RCAW and GAF. Below are a few examples of the training that we have sent our team to participate in recently:

Versico

Set at the CDS Distribution Center in Fife, WA, Versico put on a training session demonstrating how to apply various adhesives that they manufacture. Tom Donnellan showed us the simple way their products are applied and let our team members try it out!

Polyglass

Jim Potter demonstrating proper torch-down technique during Polyglass training.  He taught some new and useful techniques! http://www.chasenw.com/tacoma-roofing-contractors/

 

RCAW Trade Show

Darin Parker discussing proper equipment use at the RCAW trade show.  His emphasis on safety was very informative!

RCAW Trade Show 2018

 

GAF Northwest Roofing Expo

Of course, All of the training that we received at the GAF Northwest Roofing Expo  was excellent as well! Below is a video of what we did.

Some of the best training that we received was by Robert O’Neil! Checkout the video below.

What’s next for National Roofing Week:

Wednesday, June 6: Charitable projects, where we’ll share photos that demonstrate our company’s charitable giving.

Thursday, June 7: Signature projects, where we’ll share photos of our signature residential and commercial projects.

Friday, June 8: Celebration, where we’ll share photos of how we celebrated National Roofing Week.

We have some great stuff in the works for these days and can’t wait to show you!

Having issues with your roof?  We would love to help!  CHASE CONSTRUCTION NORTH WEST, INC. has been a MASTER ELITE® roofing contractor with GAF for 8 years and have been installing the best roofing systems for 16 years.  Contact us today by filling out our free estimate form or calling us at 253-445-8950.