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Protect your Roof with Tiger Paw™ Underlayment

Composition shingles protect homes from the brunt of weather and sunlight, yet they are not the only line of defense.  Underlayments play the crucial role of secondary layer of protection beneath the shingles. During heavy storms, wind can push rainwater up the lower side of the shingles, or ice can pack and seep beneath them.  Shingles are naturally resilient against these issues, yet they can deteriorate over time or they may not be installed correctly.  Without an underlayment, moisture would reach the roof deck substrate and begin to rot the structure.

In the past, felt paper was the most popular type of underlayment.  It is still used today, but synthetic underlayments have been quickly growing in the market because they solve a handful of the issues associated with felt paper.  The most robust of these synthetic underlayments that we’ve worked with is GAF’s Tiger Paw™.  Its improvements over felt paper are numerous:

  • Safety: Specially designed walking surface that allows safe installation on many slopes that felt paper does not.  Its light weight reduces the potential for hazard during install.
  • Aesthetics: Resists buckling and wrinkling that can misalign shingles.
  • Strength: Has at least 600% the tear strength as heavy duty 30# felt paper.
  • Longevity: Maintains integrity without disintegrating like felt paper.
  • Durability: Can withstand UV degradation for up to 6 months.
  • Versatility: Applicable for most types of roofs.

When using Tiger Paw™ synthetic underlayment instead of felt paper, a GAF lifetime roofing system may be eligible for the best warranty in the business: the Golden Pledge.  It covers misapplication for up to 30 years as well as labor and material costs of repair for material defects for up to 50 years.  A full system of GAF products installed by a Master Elite® contractor is required for this incredible GAF warranty.  We’re one of the select contractors who do these for every customer we re-roof with GAF materials.

Safeguard your roof from unexpected extreme weather events with Tiger Paw™ synthetic underlayment!  It’s so dependable that we use it for all of our GAF installations.  Call CHASE CONSTRUCTION NORTH WEST, INC. today at 253-445-8950 for a 100% free estimate or fill out our online quick estimate form.  We want to install a roof for you that will withstand the harshest of storms for decades to come!

Roofing Warranties Explained

Do you know what kind of roofing warranty you have?  Is it for material defects only?  Does it cover labor or misapplication?  Does it cover a full dollar amount or is it prorated?

These are among the most important questions to ask when getting a new roof because they can mean a significant difference in quality, longevity, and the amount you would have to pay for any fix in the future.

Most warranties cover material defects only.  They lead with big numbers like “50 year limited lifetime warranty,” yet these warranties sound better than they are because they don’t cover enough.  When a leak occurs, it is usually not because of material defect.  And when repairs are performed, the material replacement is not a majority of the cost.

What kind of warranties should you look for?

Manufacturer warranties that require the highest level of contractor certification (like Master Elite® for GAF), and come with labor and misapplication coverage at no dollar limit.

Enter: GAF’s Golden Pledge® warranty

GAF Golden Pledge

This warranty covers just about everything that the manufacturer and contractor have control over.  In the event of a leak, if the material malfunctioned, you’re covered.  If the contractor wrongly installed the material, you’re covered.  Whatever the cost of material and labor is to conduct leak repairs, you’re covered.

GAF is able to offer such a fantastic warranty because they only allow their top contractors to offer it — Master Elite® contractors — of which only 3% of GAF contractors qualify.  Chase Construction North West, Inc. has been a proud Master Elite® contractor since 2011!

We propose the Golden Pledge® warranty to every customer for whom we install a GAF Lifetime roofing system because it’s worth it.  With the Golden Pledge®, we know and homeowners know that all bases are covered for a minimum of 20 years.

Higher quality materials are used for the Golden Pledge®

The materials used for different roofing systems varies greatly.  For example, some GAF systems can be installed by GAF certified contractors that use felt paper as an underlayment instead of high quality synthetic hybrid underlayments such as Tiger Paw™.  For low quality warranties, felt paper is fine; but for the Golden Pledge®, a robust underlayment is required.

GAF has designed a six-part system to address the entire roof:

  • Leak barrier
  • Roof deck underlayment
  • Starter shingles
  • Field shingles
  • Attic vent(s)
  • Hip and ridge cap shingles

We use GAF products for each of these, and round them out with flashings at all edges, valleys, and penetration.  The final result is a complete roofing system.

With lower quality warranties, many of the materials simply aren’t covered.  For the Golden Pledge®, however, all the materials are covered because the entire system uses GAF products.

Roofing BlogA GAF system with the Golden Pledge® warranty is a true roofing system.  Many of our customers tell us how happy they are to have this warranty because they know the peace of mind it provides.  Most roofs aren’t designed to last 20-30 years, yet the Golden Pledge® warrants the full cost of leak repair caused by most manufacturer or contractor errors for that time period.

A GAF roof with the Golden Pledge® warranty is a step above!

Want the Golden Pledge® warranty for your new roof? CHASE CONSTRUCTION NORTH WEST, INC. can do that for you!  We are one of GAF’s longest running Master Elite® contractors and we know just how important roofing warranties are!  Call us now at (253) 445-8950 or fill out our quick estimate form!  Our estimates are completely free!

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Tips for Selecting a Roofing Contractor

The most common ways that homeowners find roofing contractors is through referral or internet reviews.  These contractors then visit the home, assess the roof in question, discuss options with the homeowners, and either provide an estimate right then or within the next 24 hours.

Choosing an honest and reliable contractor who will provide you with the kind of craftsmanship you most want is of the utmost importance.  Sometimes understanding a roofing estimate or comparing multiple estimates can be a tough task.  This article intends to give the most effective tips we’ve gathered from our experience in this industry to ensure you get the contractor who is right for you.

Confirm how long the roofing contractor has been in business

Most roofers go out of business within the first several years.  Being in business a long time means three main things:

  • The contractor uses materials that function properly over a long period of time.
  • The contractor’s craftsmanship is on point.
  • The contractor’s customers are happy.

Many issues that can arise 5, 10, or 20 years in the future may not surface in the first few years after a new roof is installed.  When a contractor has been in business a long time, it means their track record is stellar and these issues don’t arise for them.

Check for the roofing contractor’s manufacturer certifications

The construction industry can be like the Wild West at times.  One contractor might say they can put on a roof that’ll last 50 years for a very cheap price, but then they cut corners that will cause the roof to spring leaks within 5 years.  Another contractor might be well known in the region for always doing the job right and putting on roofs that never fail prematurely.

How do homeowners distinguish between these two?  One way is through manufacturer certifications.  Each manufacturer has different tiers of certification, some are more select than others.  Chase Construction North West, Inc. has the highest certification for any contractors in the country: GAF Master Elite®.  Only 3% of all roofing contractors have qualified for this certification.  If your contractor is Master Elite®, you know you’re getting one of the best roofs in the country.

Look for the warranties the contractor offers

Warranties are one of the most important concerns for homeowners, yet if manufacturers offer workmanship warranties through just any contractor, the manufacturers would end up warrantying a bunch of sub-par and failing roofs.

Manufacturers solve this by only allowing their top contractors to provide the top warranties.  As Master Elite® contractors, GAF allows us to provide the best shingle warranty in the business: the Golden Pledge™, which covers materials for 40-50 years and workmanship for 20-30 years.

For low slope roofs that require roofing membranes like TPO or PVC, Master and Master Select™ contractors can offer the unbeatable Diamond Pledge™ NDL Roof Guarantee.  This warranty covers the cost of repairs from a material defect in full for 20-35 years.

When contractors offer these specialty warranties it means several very important things:

  • The manufacturer has faith in the quality of the contractor’s craftsmanship.
  • The manufacturer has faith the contractor uses the proper materials and installation practices.
  • The contractor has depth of knowledge about roofing systems.
  • The contractor is confident in their own craftsmanship, and that their roofs function as well as warranties imply they should.

Examine material and installation practices differences between contractors

Roofing BlogOne contractor might use staples instead of nails, not clear the roof deck thoroughly before installation, or space nails too far apart.  One contractor might use felt paper as an underlayment while the other uses top quality synthetic hybrid underlayment.  One contractor may propose to apply a second layer of shingles to the roof, while another may propose to tear the old layer off and re-sheet with new plywood decking.

As a homeowner, if you have received multiple estimates from contractors, there can be significant differences between the products and services they’re offering that might not seem apparent on the surface.  These can mean the difference between a roof that springs leaks in 5 years versus one that goes a full 50 years without an issue.  Delve into the scope of work and make sure you know why the contractor is proposing that specific scope of work.

This brings us to perhaps the most important thing homeowners can do to ensure they’re getting a roof they can rely on:

Have an open dialogue with your roofing contractor

My favorite part of the day is discussing roofing projects with our customers.  It’s exciting to learn what they’re thinking and to help them make it happen.

If you have a question about anything, give your estimator or contractor a call or send over a quick email.  Any contractor worth his salt wants to talk to you about your project.  In fact, he would much prefer to discuss your project with you than to not, because it means that you’re both figuring out the best way to move forward.

If contractors are bidding different scopes of work, it’s important that you know why.  If you’re getting different estimate prices, it’s important you know why.  In general, the price of an estimate reflects the quality of it and how long it can be expected to last.  But that isn’t always the case, and a great way to find out is by discussing the details of the estimates with the contractors.

Roofing BlogAt first, homeowners may not know which contractor is right for them, while contractors also may not know if that specific project is right for them.  At Chase Construction North West, Inc., one of our chief goals is to make sure that we know what our customers want and to show them how we can help.  This ensures that the project goes smoothly and that homeowners get the roof they’re looking for.

This open dialogue is important during the estimating period, during the project itself, and even for years after the project is done.

 

Want a free estimate for a new roof? Give us a call at 253-445-8950 or fill out our quick estimate form!  CHASE CONSTRUCTION NORTH WEST, INC. is one of the most established roofing contractors in the industry of Western Washington.  We’re GAF MASTER ELITE® contractors, and we have been installing fantastic roofs since 2002.

GAF® Warranties

Offering Additional Assurance and Peace of Mind

A new roof is often a hefty investment that involves thousands of hard earned dollars that go towards a product meant to last 25,30, 40 years, or more. As with any such purchase, additional assurance that you are covered in case of any problems or defects makes the GAFtransition easier and less risky for the buyer. Though most manufacturers offer at least a limited warranty against manufacturer defects, it is vital to understand the type of coverage you are getting and what the specific terms and conditions entail. Our customers who opt for a GAF® roofing system have the opportunity to choose between the more rudimentary Weather Stopper® System Plus Ltd. Warranty and the more comprehensive Golden Pledge® Ltd. Warranty. Though both provide additional peace of mind, here we will expound on the coverage they provide and the benefits of upgrading to a Golden Pledge.

 GAF Weather Stopper® System Plus Ltd. Warranty

The GAF Weather Stopper® System Plus Ltd. Warranty provides coverage against manufacturing defects for all major GAF components on your roof, not just your shingles. The warranty is available through all of GAF’s factory-certified contractors and it Gaf System Plus warrantyis a low-cost way to get up to 50 years of non-prorated coverage on your new roofing system. The 100% coverage for material defects lasts the entirety of these years and covers the entire system as well as the cost of installation labor. As far as workmanship coverage, this particular warranty gives the typical coverage offered by a contractor. This includes two years of 100% coverage on labor costs as well as the mending of misapplication of certain flashings. Tear off costs are covered for material defects only and disposal costs are unfortunately not covered. The warranty includes a one time free warranty transfer as well as maximum wind coverage up to 130mph, category 3, hurricane wind speed.

 GAF® Golden Pledge Warranty

The GAF® Golden Pledge Warranty includes all of the previous aspects but with a few alterations. The Golden Pledge again provides a 50 year, 100% coverage period on material defects that include the entire system and costs of installation labor. The warranty provides maximum wind coverage and a free warranty transfer. In comparison GAF Golden Pledgewith the 2 years System Plus offers however, the Golden Pledge gives a 25 year period in which there is 100% workmanship coverage as well as the mending from misapplication of certain flashings. Tear off costs are covered for material defects as well as workmanship and disposal costs are covered for both aspects as well. The warranty even includes an inspection by GAF’s factory-trained inspectors after your new roof has been completed to ensure proper installation. The Golden Pledge® Ltd. Warranty is only available through GAF’s Master Elite Contractors. We are proud to be one of only 12 such roofers in the State of Washington.

 We are Proud to Offer All These Warranties! Contact Us Today!

As an honored Master Elite business, we are happy to offer our customer whichever warranty coverage they opt for. Though the benefits of a Golden Pledge are clear, both offer additional assurance to the buyer in order to ensure greater piece of mind. We would be happy to provide any of our customers a more comprehensive explanation of the terms and conditions of each during the free estimate that our skillful project managers provide. We specialize in all types of roofing and have been specializing in residential re-roofs, flat commercial roofs and repairs for over 13 years. We come highly recommended as is exemplified by our high ratings on our many customer report sites such as  BBBGoogle, and GAF.  We provide services in King County and Pierce County, along with major cities such as Seattle, Tacoma, Puyallup, Federal Way, Renton, Auburn, Des Moines and all of the surrounding cities. If you are in need of roofing, decking, waterproofing, or skylight installation services contact Chase Construction North West, Inc. today. Fill out our free estimate form or call us today at 253-445-8950. Thank you for considering us for your next project!

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