Timberline Roof Shingles: Cracking & Need for Roof Replacement
Homeowners across the country who purchased GAF Timberline shingles are reporting problems with shingles cracking, requiring roof replacement far earlier than expected. GAF Timberline shingles are advertised as being "the heaviest and longest-lasting fiberglass asphalt shingle in the Timberline series." With the high cost of roof replacement, homeowners have brought a case against Timberline requesting reimbursement for the shortened life of the shingles, and alleging that the manufacturer knew about the shingle cracking problem, but sold them anyway, promising high performance.
Publicly available information suggests that GAF has known about problems with its shingles cracking since the late 1990's. The problem with cracking shingles became so significant that the company formed "cracking teams" to investigate why shingles were cracking well before the end of their warranty. Through its investigation, GAF found a 43% increase from 2001-2002 in cracking problems for their laminated fiberglass shingles. By 2002, the Company was being faced with lawsuits by homeowners related to their claims of defective roof shingles. In response to what the company acknowledged as the "fastest growing problem" facing the GAF Minneapolis manufacturing plant, they conducted a series of tests; that testing revealed that the high failure rate was due to defects in the raw materials used in their fiberglass shingles, like the Timberline series. This conclusion prompted GAF to change the raw materials used in its fiberglass shingles.
What the homeowners take issue with is that even though GAF identified the problem, they failed to inform their customers about the problem and even continued selling the defective shingles after their discovery. The homeowners' complaint alleges that GAF withheld this information from homeowners, contractors, and state and local code officials. The result: thousands of homeowners purchased and installed defective shingles on their roofs, and are now at risk of needing costly roof replacement in the near future.
|If your Timberline fiberglass roof shingles manufactured after 1997 are cracking, we want to hear from you. Zimmerman Reed is investigating claims from homeowners who have GAF Timberline shingles made after 1997. Fill out our free case review and a Zimmerman Reed attorney will conduct a free case review. If you have questions and would like to speak with someone, please contact us directly at 1.800.887.8029. Zimmerman Reed is experienced in handling defective product cases and we welcome any questions you may have. |
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