Not all roofing contractors offer the same GAF warranties. As a consumer, it's very important to understand the warranty differences and who can offer them. This page is designed to help explain the industry on GAF warranties.
#1 Common Question About GAF Warranties
Is there ANY difference between GAF Smart Choice Warranties and GAF System Plus Ltd. Warranties?
YES - Smart Choice Warranties have severe limitations on coverage to your new roofing system. There are 3 different GAF Smart Choice Warranties. One for shingles (10 year coverage) One for roof deck protection (1 year coverage) and one for ridge cap shingles (10 year coverage). Any roofing contractor or homeowner can register with GAF any one or all 3 of these Smart Choice Warranties WITHOUT ANY CERTIFICATION BY GAF.
THIS MEANS ANYBODY CAN BUY GAF PRODUCTS (TYPICALLY JUST THE SHINGLES) AND PROVIDE A HOMEOWNER THE STANDARD GAF WARRANTY PACKAGE. Most of these contractors use the GAF shingles but not the GAF underlayments or accessories. Then, as the consumer, you get the Smart Choice Warranty on just the shingles which leaves you extremely vulnerable to future warranty claim head aches concerning the underlayments and accessories. It also has considerably less coverage for the shingles.
AS A CONSUMER SHOPPING FOR A ROOFING CONTRACTOR, THE Word age OF THESE WARRANTIES SOUND VERY Similar TO THE GAF WARRANTY PACKAGES OFFERED BY GAF FACTORY CERTIFIED CONTRACTORS. (SYSTEM PLUS LTD. OR GOLDEN PLEDGE LTD.)
THE FOLLOWING CHARTS BELOW SHOW THE WARRANTY COVERAGE Differences BETWEEN SMART CHOICE PACKAGES AND THE SYSTEM PLUS LTD WARRANTY PACKAGE. (DUKES ROOFING OFFERS THE SYSTEM PLUS LTD. WARRANTY PACKAGE)