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Got hail damage? Impact Resistant Shingles Can Reduce Insurance Costs

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

TimberlineArmorShield II impact-resistant shingles offers potential snsurance savings and extra protection, with the beauty of Timberline shingles. MY HOME GUYS is a GAF Master Elite Residential Roofing Contractor serving the greater Atlanta region. Our team of experts fixes hail damage repairs and offers solutions to prevent future damage.

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Compare These Benefits…

  • Potential Insurance Savings…

    Passes UL 2218 Class 4 impact test, and may qualify for insurance discounts of up to 30% or more (check with your insurance agent). Each shingle is labeled with special information needed to qualify for premium discounts according to the requirements of the Texas Department of Insurance—a standard that most hail insurers accept

  • Superior Wind Performance…

    Meets Class F wind rating from Underwriters Laboratories— the highest rating possible. Dura Grip™ Adhesive seals each shingle tightly and reduces the risk of shingle blow-off. Shingles warranted to withstand maximum wind gusts of up to 130 mph!

  • Impact Resistant…

    Passes UL 2218 Class 4, UL’s toughest impact test (shingles show no evidence of cracks or ruptures on front or back immediately after passing). Compare to “standard” shingles, which may have ruptures or cracks visible on the surface or back immediately after large hail impact.

  • Exceptional Protection…

    Revolutionary design includes FLX™ formula for rubber-like flexibility and maximum impact resistance

  • High-Performance…

    Designed with Advanced Protection® Technology, which minimizes the use of natural resources while providing superior protection (visit to learn more)

  • Safer…

    Class A fire rating from Underwriters Laboratories—the highest rating possible (unlike most wood shakes with a Class C fire rating)

  • StainGuard® Protection…

    Helps protect the beauty of your roof from unsightly blue-green algae

  • Peace Of Mind…

    Lifetime ltd. transferable warranty with Smart Choice® Protection (non-prorated material and installation coverage) for the first ten years (See Details)

  • Starter Strips…

    WeatherBlocker™ or Pro-Start™ Pre-Cut Starter Strip Shingles provide an upgrade that can save time, eliminate waste, and reduce the risk of blow-off by tightly locking your shingles in place along the rakes and eaves

  • Ridge Cap Shingles…

    For maximum insurance savings, use only Seal-A-Ridge® ArmorShield™, UL 2218 Class 4 Ridge Cap Shingles. They’re also a unique color match to the Timberline® ArmorShield™ II Shingles

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Meets Highest Impact Resistance Rating…

The UL 2218 impact test was developed in conjunction with insurance industry leaders — and ArmorShield™ II Shingles pass Class 4 — the highest rating possible. Check with your insurance agent about potential savings on your homeowners insurance.

What You Should Know About This Test…

  • Forceful Impact…

    The test simulates hailstorms impacting a roof at a speed of over 70 mph!

  • Potential Leaks…

    Shingles that fail the impact test are more likely to allow water to leak into your home

  • No warranty improvement…

    GAF’s warranty does not cover hail damage even for shingles that pass this test

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$200 rebate on new residential roof with Atlanta Roofing Contractor My Home Guys

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Get a $200 rebate when you purchase a Golden Pledge® Ltd. Warranty on a qualified roof from GAF Master Elite™ Contractor Schantz Home Improvement Company dba My Home Guys.  Our team will help you with the process to get your rebate. This is a GAF, the number one supplier of roofing materials in the US, rebate program, and it’s only available from a GAF Master Elite™ Contractor.

$200 roof rebate

Follow These Three Easy Steps:

  • Step 1: Between 3/1/13 and 5/31/13 have a qualified roof* installed by a GAF Master Elite™ Contractor and purchase a Golden Pledge® Ltd. Warranty for that roof.
  • Step 2: After your Golden Pledge Ltd. Warranty is registered and GAF mails you the final warranty, print and fill out the rebate form, attach a copy of your Golden Pledge® Ltd. Warranty, and send these documents (a “Submission”) to GAF at:
    Attn: GAF Golden Pledge Ltd. Warranty Rebate Program,
    1361 Alps Rd., Building 11-1, Wayne, NJ 07470
    or by Fax to 973-872-4215
    Attn: GAF Golden Pledge Ltd. Warranty Rebate Program.

    All Submissions must be received by GAF no later than August 15, 2013.
    Note: Your GAF Master Elite™ Contractor has 45 days from the date your qualified roof* is installed to register and pay for your Golden Pledge® Ltd. Warranty, and you can expect to receive the warranty by mail from GAF about thirty days after it is registered.

  • Step 3: Wait 8-10 weeks for mailing of your rebate check.
  • For the status of your rebate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, visit
  • For any questions concerning your rebate check, please call (855) 433-8959.

*A qualified roof must fulfill these requirements:
1. The roof MUST be installed on a single-family detached residence in the U.S. or Canada owned by individual(s).
2. Your roof MUST be installed by a GAF Master Elite™ Roofing Contractor.
3. You MUST install a full roof; roofs installed on portions of buildings do not qualify.
4. The roof system must NOT be installed over an existing roof—all existing materials must be removed to the deck.
5. You MUST use GAF Roof Deck Protection (Deck-Armor™, Shingle-Mate®, Tiger Paw™, RoofPro™, or VersaShield®. If eligible products are not available, you may substitute any #30 ASTM D4869 felt or any #15 or #30 ASTM D226 felt.
6. You MUST use GAF Leak Barrier (Weather Watch® [any version], StormGuard®, or UnderRoof™ [any version]) in valleys and around dormers, side walls, firewalls, chimneys, plumbing vents, and skylights. In addition, in the North (see Leak Barrier usage map in the Golden Pledge® Ltd. Warranty Brochure), an eligible Leak Barrier product must also be used at all eaves to at least 24″ inside of the warm wall. Leak Barrier is highly recommended (but not required) at all roof rakes and other vulnerable leak areas.
7. You MUST use GAF pre-cut Starter Strip Shingles (only those with factory-applied adhesive) at the eaves (WeatherBlocker™, Pro-Start™, or QuickStart™ Peel & Stick Starter Roll). Note: To obtain maximum wind coverage, you must use eligible GAF pre-cut Starter Strip Shingles (with factory-applied adhesive) at the eaves and rakes and you must install each field shingle using 6 nails.
8. You MUST use a COBRA® Attic Ventilation product with adequate intake ventilation (Cobra® (roll), Cobra® Ridge Runner™ (rigid roll), Cobra® Rigid Vent 3™, Cobra® FasciaFlow™ Intake Ventilation, Cobra® Snow Country™, Cobra® Snow Country Advanced™, or Vented RidgeCrest™ (Note: GAF Master Flow® Exhaust Ventilation Products, which are covered by a separate limited warranty, can be substituted ONLY if COBRA® Ridge Ventilation cannot be installed due to a structure’s architecture, e.g., post and beam construction, shed roofs, etc.). In any event, ventilation should meet the following standards: Minimum net free ventilation area of 1 sq. foot/meter per 150 sq. feet/meters of ceiling area is required. When intake vents are located at the eaves and exhaust vents are located near the roof’s peak (in a properly balanced system) for maximum air flow, ventilation may be reduced to 1 sq. foot/meter per 300 sq. feet/meters.
9. You MUST use eligible GAF roofing shingles (Lifetime Shingles: Timberline® Natural Shadow™, Timberline® Prestique® 30, Timberline® HD™, Timberline® Prestique® 40, Timberline® ArmorShield™ II, Timberline® Cool Series, Timberline® Prestique® Lifetime, Timberline® Ultra HD™, Timberline® American Harvest™, Capstone®, Slateline®, Grand Sequoia®, Grand Canyon®, Country Mansion®, Grand Slate™, Camelot®, Camelot® 30, Camelot® II, Country Mansion® II, Grand Slate™ II, Timberline® Majestic 30 [available in Western Region only], Timberline® HD™, Grand Sequoia® IR, Woodland®, Monaco®, or Sienna™).
10. You MUST use GAF Ridge Cap Shingles (Timbertex®, Seal-A-Ridge®, Ridglass® Z® Ridge, Vented RidgeCrest™, or Grand Sequoia®/Grand Canyon®).
11. To improve the finished look of the roof, the use of ShingleMatch™ Roof Accessory Paint is highly recommended (but not required). ShingleMatch™ Roof Accessory Paint is covered by a separate limited warranty.
12. New metal flashing(s) MUST be installed [unless existing flashing(s) are in like-new condition or are at “unworkable” wall interfaces]. Metal drip edge MUST be used at eaves and is recommended (but not required) at rake edges.
13. Special Note: On projects that total more than 250 squares, the permanent Golden Pledge® Ltd. Warranty will be issued only if the project passes GAF’s final inspection. GAF reserves the right to withhold the warranty if the roof has not been installed according to GAF’s written application instructions. (GAF also strongly recommends that your GAF Master Elite™ Contractor schedule a start-up and at least one interim inspection on projects of 250 squares or more by contacting GAF at least three weeks prior to the start of roof work.)

Valid in the U.S. and Canada only. Limit one rebate per qualifying roof*. Limit one rebate per homeowner. Cannot be combined with any other promotion or offer. Offer void where prohibited, taxed, or restricted by law. Ineligible, incomplete, or illegible claims that do not comply with these terms will be rejected. GAF is not responsible for lost, late, mutilated, misdirected, or postage due submissions. Improper redemption or use constitutes fraud. GAF reserves the right to audit all redemption claims. GAF reserves the right to cancel or modify rebate program at any time. Check will be made out to homeowner and mailed to the mailing address provided on the rebate form.

Residents of Canada may be subjected to additional bank fees when cashing their rebate check (rebate paid in US dollars).

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GAF Introduces New TruSlate Genuine Slate Color Line

Friday, April 5th, 2013

GAF, North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, is proud to announce its new TruSlate color line—featuring the Americana Collection, which includes five Vermont slates, and the International Collection, which offers three international slates. All slates in the lineup are ASTM C406-S1 rated—the highest rating for quarried roofing slates.


The Vermont-sourced Americana Collection includes slates that have been used for over 100 years on some of the most prestigious properties and institutions throughout North America. They are known for their performance, quality control, reputation, and unique colors. The line includes Meadow Green, Charcoal, Autumn Dusk, Antique Purple, and Rustic Red. The International Collection colors are Greystone, Mystic Grey, and Onyx Black.


Whether you’re looking for a classic slate look or a truly unique roof that is the talk of your community, The TruSlate Premium Roofing System offers a rich and diverse color palette of S1-grade slates to help satisfy every property owner’s personal taste and to complement their home’s design and exterior color scheme.

Property owners can select one TruSlate color for their entire roof or can mix and match colors to create a truly unique-looking roof. The choice is ultimately based on personal preference and design objective.GAF truslate

About GAF

Founded in 1886, GAF has become the largest roofing manufacturer in North America. The company’s products include a comprehensive portfolio of steep-slope and commercial roofing systems, which are supported by an extensive national network of factory-certified contractors. Its success is driven by its commitment to Advanced Quality, Industry Expertise, and Solutions Made Simple for contractors, specifiers, and property owners alike. In 2011, GAF was the first roofing manufacturer to offer a Lifetime limited warranty on all of its laminated shingles and, in 2012, it introduced the GAF Lifetime Roofing System.

With a focus on social responsibility, GAF has developed Advanced ProtectionShingle Technology, which provides superior durability and wind resistance while reducing the use of scarce natural resources. The company has also developed single-ply and asphaltic membranes with superior durability and high reflectivity to meet the most rigorous industry standards while helping commercial property owners and designers reduce energy consumption.

GAF also supports the roofing industry through CARE, the Center for the Advancement of Roofing Excellence, which has provided education to over 125,000 professionals. CARE’s mission is to help professional contractors and distributors build their businesses through sales and management education, and to provide product and installation training to contractors, distributors, architects, property owners, and related industry personnel.

GAF announces CREST roof energy calculator

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

March 20, 2013 – GAF has announced CREST—the Cool Roof Energy and Sustainability Tool—to help contractors, consultants and building owners compare the energy cost savings of different roofing systems options. Available at, CREST is mobile-enabled, with preloaded utility cost information by postal code. According to GAF, CREST allows the building professional to print a customized report that includes images of the building site from publicly-available, internet-based mapping services, and searches rebates to the postal code level, including municipal and utility rebates, to help offer a truer sense of the real costs and benefits of different roofing system decisions. To help ease the process of projecting peak energy loads, CREST queries both the Oak Ridge National Labs (ORNL) “CoolCalc” and “CoolCalc Peak” calculators in a single step.

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How to find a contractor for your Hail and Storm Damaged property in Atlanta

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Spring time brings tornados, hail, high winds and heavy rain.  It also brings out unscrupulous contractors whose main interest is making a quick buck!  Take a deep breath if you have storm damage.  You do not need to make any quick decisions and DO NOT trust the guy because he seems so nice.  Do your homework, then hire a contractor.  Absolutely, have someone tarp and protect your home if emergency measures are needed, but stop right there.  Calm down, take the time to perform your due diligence, then make a decision.  What if you are reading this after you hired someone?  It may not be too late.  Georgia law provides a three day right of recision period just for this reason (five days for storm damage)  Georgia Residential Roofers Bill.  You can cancel the contract with no penalty.

What should you do for your due diligence?  I will answer that with a question.  What would you do if you were going to hire an employee (for twenty years or more that you could not fire without great expense).  Hmmm… makes you think a little bit doesn’t it.  First, search the GA corporate records to see when they incorporated.  Check their BBB record, online reviews, customer referrals (not 5, 10, or 20, but request list of at least 100 names and you choose who to call), photos of their work, call their supplier (ask them for numbers), and check their affiliations.  The end result is you are verifying the contractors credentials and making sure they are who the salesperson told you they are.

Be sure to visit with your contractor How to get your roofing contractor to bid your job

Be very cautious of hiring an out of state contractor.  Who will take care of warranty issues?  No one.  You are stuck.  They offer to give you a great deal and yes you can save a ton of money upfront – hundreds!  I can’t tell you how many calls we get to repair poor workmanship and I have to tell the owner it is not repairable.  For example, poor roof ventilation will cause premature shingle failure.  The $500 saved, means they will have to spend another $8000 to replace their 10-12 year old roof.  Other times, it is a matter of few hundred dollars to repair the poor work and then the home has a shingle color match issue.

There’s a lot of good roofing contractors, but unfortunately, the bad ones out weight the good by a long shot.  There are 21 GAF Master Elite contractors in Atlanta, and over 600 listed on  The vast majority are not accredited with the BBB either.

About us:  Schantz Home Improvement is a residential Atlanta Contractor specializing in Exterior Renovations including Roofing, Siding, Replacement Windows and other needs.

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How do you find an Atlanta roofing contractor

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
I’ve been involved in the construction field my entire life, except my 10 years as a CPA.  Many homeowners tell me they simply don’t have the time to meet OR only one spouse can meet.  It is simply a huge mistake by not meeting up with your contractor.  First, I have no idea what a homeowner is looking to achieve with their Atlanta roofing project.  Unless they are a roofer, I would have to say neither does any homeowner.  Will they have any real basis to compare roofing contractor bids if the contractor doesn’t know your specs?   Likely, the homeowner simply just doesn’t know how much they do not know and why should they know how to install a proper Atlanta roof anyway?  That’s why we meet with homeowners to explain the components and benefits.
Questions we need to know before bidding your project.  What does the homeowner require for their Atlanta roof?
3 tab shingle
Upgraded roof system
Basic roof
Warranty desired
GAF Golden Pledge lifetime warranty
Are you selling in 2 yrs, 5 yrs, or never
Ventilation needs
Leak barriers
Interior attic inspection
Hail damage insurance replacement.
Take a similar scenario.  Someone makes five calls to retailers and tells them to give them a price for a suit.  You tell them you don’t want the most expensive suit, but of good quality.  Nothing too fancy, but not cheap.   You will get five different prices for five different suits.  “Good quality” “cheap” “fancy” all have different meanings for everyone.  You can’t possible expect to make a decision on buying a suit that way so why in the world would you make a $8,000 purchase that way??
Would someone hire an employee off a resume?  They can fire them if they made the wrong choice, but a roof should last 25 years or even lifetime with the new materials out now.  I can’t tell you how many times I have encountered customers who got it handed to them by a contractor.  I hear it from 90% of the customers I visit.  Nearly 100% of customers I speak to have some story of incomplete work, poor work, late start, wrong materials, or just plain got ripped off since their Atlanta contractor never started or didn’t finish after they got some money.  The statistics state that 48% (yes 48%) of consumers would NEVER hire their contractor again.  Why?  They don’t do their homework and hire the wrong company or they are just naïve.
I am not writing this so we can come out to visit homes and “sell” Homeowners.  It is for their benefit.  Any contractor who  comes out to “drop” an estimate in your mailbox or emails it to homeowners is just not worth their weight in salt.  These Atlanta contractors don’t care about what YOU want, but rather what THEY want –  a quick buck from the unknowing customer.  There are too many ways to mislead the consumer with vague proposals, etc.
Unfortunately, unless the homeowner plans to meet up together, we have to decline to bid the job.  I’ve gone that route in the past and it ends up that everyone is unhappy with the project.  There are too many communication mishaps about what the homeowner thinks they are getting.
We will gladly meet up at a convenient time of your choosing to discuss and educate a homeowner about their Atlanta roofing project and make it a successful one, even if they choose not to hire us!
About us:  Schantz Home Improvement is an Atlanta Residential Contractor specializing in Exterior Renovations including Roofing, Siding, and replacement windows
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Atlanta Roof completion

GAF shingles roofing customer endorses Schantz Home Improvement

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Video shows new GAF shingles roof project in progress as Greg Schantz narrates about siding, windows, roofing, gutters services. Quality work. Don’t take a chance, go with Schantz. A Kudzu production for companies with great reviews.

Roofs For Troops- GAF Rebate for active and retired military personnel

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Attention Active Military, Veterans, and Retirees. GAF – a U.S.-based corporation – is giving back to our troops.
Receive a $300 rebate off your Lifetime Roofing System* when installed by a GAF Factory-Certified Contractor!

Thank you for your sacrifice and your commitment.

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Valid in the U.S. only. Limit one rebate per qualifying individual. Limit one rebate per Lifetime Roofing System* installed by a GAF Factory-Certified Contractor between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012. Rebate form must be received by January 31, 2013. Improper redemption or use constitutes fraud. GAF reserves the right to audit all redemption claims. GAF reserves the right to cancel or modify rebate program at any time.

*See GAF Shingle & Accessory Ltd. Warranty for complete coverage and restrictions. The word “Lifetime” means as long as the original individual owner of a single family detached residence (or the second owner in certain circumstances) owns the property where the shingles and accessories are installed. For owners/structures not meeting above criteria, Lifetime coverage is not applicable. Lifetime ltd. warranty on accessories requires the use of at least three qualifying GAF accessories and the use of Lifetime Shingles.

* New rebate form as of 1/25/2012

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and follow the simple instructions.

CLICK HERE to find a GAF Factory-Certified Contractor in your area or if you are in the Atlanta, Ga region, contact Schantz Home Improvement, a  GAF
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Looking for an Atlanta Roofing Contractor?

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Avoid contractor nightmares and get your new roof from Schantz Home Improvement, a Master Elite™ Residential Roofing Contractor. We’re running our best deal ever for 3 days only! Name your own roof price and save thousands more with a FREE lifetime manufacturer warranty.
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Atlanta Roofing Special- Name your Price on Roofs with Lifetime Warranty this 2012 weekend only!

Friday, January 27th, 2012

We need to sell 2 roofs to meet our quota. This is not a “fake” promotion. You will never get a better price ever! GAF Lifetime Warranty roof promotion on materials and workmanship. We will accept any reasonable offer. You will never pay for a repair again.

More details coming in the next two hours, however, if you’re looking for a roofing contractor, don’t delay and call 404 522 HOME right now.

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About Schantz Home Improvement: Schantz Home Improvement Company of Atlanta, Ga. has earned the distinction of being appointed a Master Elite™ Residential Roofing Contractor by GAF. We only use high quality products with superior manufacturers warranties, and even offer a limited lifetime roofing warranty. This, we believe, will allow for years of worry-free enjoyment of your home improvement in your most important investment, your home. When comparing roofing companies, it’s critical to compare materials as well.