Q- Are there any differences between GAF shingles and Atlas shingles? If so, what are they?
A- Yes. The main difference between GAF shingles and Atlas shingles is in the matting. GAF shingles have a thinner fiberglass matting that offers advanced protection. Whereas Atlas shingles have conventional asphalt matting. That said, both types are excellent shingles. The other main differences between the two shingles are appearance and product warranty, as GAF shingles come with a non pro-rated warranty that typically lasts longer than an Atlas non pro-rated warranty. For homeowners, the warranty for GAF shingles is a lifetime non pro-rated warranty that can be transferred one time in the first 20 years at no additional charge and remain effective. For landlords with rental property, the warranty for GAF shingles is a 20 year non pro-rated warranty. Atlas shingles come with a 15 year non pro-rated system warranty that can be transferred twice at a cost of $100.00 per transfer. The warranty for Atlas shingles also doesn’t differentiate between residential or commercial properties as it’s a straight 15 year non pro-rated warranty. In terms of appearance, Atlas shingles have a more prominent shadow line than GAF shingles do. While the appearance doesn’t affect their function, many people prefer the look of GAF shingles as they say the shingles have a sleeker, more natural-looking shadow line. Without professional installation service, both types of shingles come with a standard 10 year warranty instead.
Q- What is the difference between non pro-rated and pro-rated as it applies to warranties and what is there effect with regards to warranties.
A- Each manufacturer has a 10 year standard warranty with extended warranties given to system installed jobs.Warranty information is based on the material and labor. The non pro-rated warranty period covers 100% on the labor and materials used by each manufacture. Each manufacturer has a 10 year standard warranty that can be extended when a system installed job is performed. System installed jobs can only be performed by certified system installers that meet each separate manufactures criteria’s.After the non pro-rated warranty period is over the roof becomes pro-rated and the owner loses all labor rights and each year the shingles get older the roof is worth less money.
Q- What’s the differences between #15 and #30 Saturated felt and Synthetic felts?
A- Standard “dry felt” sheet used as the basis for Saturated Felt is made mostly of cellulose fibers, re-claimed from post-consumer recycling of paper and cardboard packaging materials. The minimum cellulose fiber content of the sheet of “dry felt”, by weight, of all asphalt saturated roofing felt, is at least 50% of the finished weight of the product. Because 50% of the product is basically wood fibers, it can readily absorb moisture. The asphalt saturation process does in fact coat most of these wood fibers, but not all are fully encapsulated and are still susceptible to moisture absorption. Saturated Felt, which has gotten wet and remained wet for a few days, may not return to the original degree of flatness it had when initially installed. This can actually create high spots under shingles if the wetting was severe and sustained for several days. Even after a lengthy drying period saturated felt can retain some of the unevenness from the moisture absorption period.Synthetic felt is made of light weight, extremely strong, woven polypropylene fabric, with UV and water resistive coatings. Synthetic felt is unaffected by exposure to water and sunlight for at least 6 months. It can be used with Asphalt and Fiberglass shingles, Clay, Tile, Slate, Concrete, Wood shingles and Wood shake shingles. It offers water-shedding redundancy within the roof system while protecting the structure from water damage.
If installing a systems roof the proper felt must be used to meet guidelines set forth for extended warranties.
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