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ROOFING INSPECTION & REPAIR
AMERICAN CEMWOOD ROOFING
BEST ROOFING PRACTICES
BUILT UP ROOFS
CATHEDRAL CEILING VENTILATION
CERTIFICATIONS for ROOFING CONTRACTORS
CHIMNEY FLASHING Mistakes & Leaks
COLD WEATHER ROOF TROUBLE
DECKS, ROOFTOP CONSTRUCTION
EPDM, RUBBER, PVC ROOFING
EXTRACTIVE BLEEDING on SHINGLES
FIRE RETARDANT PLYWOOD
FLASHING on BUILDINGS
FLAT ROOF MOISTURE & CONDENSATION
Green House or Solarium Roof Leaks
HEAT TAPES & CABLES on Roofs for Ice Dams
ICE DAM PREVENTION
MASONITE WOODRUF FIBERBOARD ROOFING
NOISE CONTROL for ROOFS
PLASTIC ROOFING TYPES
PVC, EPDM, RUBBER ROOFING
ROOF ARCHITECTURAL STYLES - PHOTO GUIDE
ROOF CLEANING RECOMMENDATIONS
ROOF COLOR RECOMMENDATIONS
ROOF INSPECTION SAFETY & LIMITS
ROOF LEAK DIAGNOSIS & REPAIR
ROOF NOISE TRANSMISSION
ROOF REPLACEMENT SNAFUs
ROOFING FELT UNDERLAYMENT REQUIREMENTS
ROOFING MATERIALS, Age, Types
SADDLE CONSTRUCTION at CHIMNEYS
SNOW GUARDS & SNOW BRAKES
STANDARDS for ROOFING
STRESS SKIN INSULATED PANELS
TEST LABS - ROOF SHINGLE
TREES & SHRUBS, TRIM OFF BUILDING
TRUSSES, Floor & Roof
UNDERLAYMENT REQUIREMENTS on ROOFS
VENTILATION in BUILDINGS
WALK-ON ROOF SURFACES
WARRANTIES for ROOF SHINGLES
WORKMANSHIP & ROOF DAMAGE
Asphalt roof shingle failure guilde: this article series tells readers how to identify & explain the most-common asphalt roof shingle failures and how to obtain asphalt roofing shingle failure claims assistance. Common asphalt shingle failure factors include improper storage and handling of the asphalt shingles before installation, improper nailing, improper flashing (which pertains to any roofing material), and defective asphalt shingle product material leading to thermal splitting, cracking, blistering, staining, and in some cases curling or cupping shingles.
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Storm damage from wind and hail occur and need to be distinguished from defective asphalt shingle product or asphalt shingle installation errors. Cupping and curling due to age can be distinguished from "fishmouthing" (shown in the photo above) caused by inadequate attic venting and building moisture.
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In general, roof "failures" or complaints separate first into these general categories:
Asphalt Shingle Failure Types List
Below we list detailed articles describing types of asphalt shingle roof failure articles:
ASPHALT SHINGLE INSTALLATION
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Asphalt Roof Shingle Failures
Question: My Cracked Roof Shingles are a Product Defect but No One Told Me When I Was Buying the House
I purchased a home in Jan. of 2010. The home was inspected by a licensed inspector prior to the purchase.
I recently had a roofing contractor come out to look at an issue I have with some siding. From the ground, the roofer noticed that the shingles were part of the GAF class action lawsuit from 1999. He got up on the roof and confirmed his suspicions. He also took photos of cracked and damaged shingles.
[Our photo at left of thermal splitting on an asphalt shingle roof is an example but it is not the very roof discussed in this question - DF]
I got some information about the roof from my realtor. The roof was replaced in the early part of 1999 with those GAF shingles. The house was sold in December of 1999.
I'm thinking that the class action/recall information never made it to the new owners or they chose to ignore it. Either way, we have a badly damaged roof, our inspector failed to note any of it, and 11+ years have passed since the class action lawsuit.
I am in the process of trying to file a claim with GAF, but I'm afraid that at best, I'll get a pro-rated amount (obviously just a fraction of an entire new roof).
My question is: do I have any recourse against the previous homeowner? the inspector?
I'm at a loss, so any ideas would be very helpful. Thanks very much - J.M.
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