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GAF extreme shingle testing video

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

GAF shingles can withstand the more torrential downpours and even hurricanes.

Check out the GAF extreme shingle testing video

GAF roofing shingles video test


Atlanta roofing contractor $1500 tax credit with Timberline shingles

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Get potential energy savings, tax credits, and a limited lifetime warranty when you hire Schantz Home Improvement,  a GAF Master Elite Residential Roofing Contractor in Atlanta, Georgia to install new GAF-Elk Timberline Cool Series Shingles. Up to $1500 in Energy Tax Credits for your replacement roof are set to expire December 31, 2010 unless Congress acts to extend them.

Timberline® Cool Series Energy Saving Shingles

Thanks to modern reflective technology, you can join the green revolution with Cool Series roofing shingles. Our highly reflective shingles can help to reduce temperatures in your attic, so your home will stay cooler in the summer—to save on air conditioning costs.

Simply put, our Cool Series shingles use specially-designed roofing granules that have greater reflectance than traditional shingles. The result is, it minimizes the transfer of heat to the space below—to keep you cooler in the summer.

Not only that, Timberline® Cool Series shingles are made with the patented StainGuard® algae protection to assure the beauty of your roof against unsightly blue-green algae!

How Cool?*

Bears In House

Thanks to the reflective nature of the Cool Series Shingles, part of the heat coming from the sun gets reflected, reducing the heat in the attic, and heat going into the house. It may translate into substantial savings in air conditioning bills.

Cool roofs may save residents an avg. 7-15%** of total cooling costs, depending on geography, structure and climate. In warmer climates, cooling-cost savings may be greater year round.

A cool roof minimizes the solar heat gain of a building by first reflecting incoming sun rays and then by quickly re-emitting the remaining absorbed portion. As a result, the cool roof stays cooler than a traditional roof of similar construction.

*Results may vary by geography, season and property.
**According to Cool Roof Rating Council


A Cool Secret.

Roofing granules give a shingle its unique look and tone.
But traditionally, only white shingles have been considered “cool” by energy-saving standards.

Not any more. Thanks to our technology, cool granules are covered with multiple layers of reflective material. That means thousands of mini-reflectors working to make you feel cool!

Trust The Star…

Timberline® Cool Series is an Energy Star® qualified roof product. Here’s what it means to you:

  • Saves Money and Energy.

    According to the EPA, about $40 billion is spent annually in the US to air condition buildings — one-sixth of all electricity generated in a year! ENERGY STAR® qualified roof products may reduce the amount of air conditioning needed in buildings, and may reduce energy bills.

  • Downsizes Cooling Equipment.

    A reflective roof can reduce peak cooling demand. As a result, the home or building owner may be able to purchase a smaller, more efficient, and less expensive cooling system.

  • Decreases Pollution in Urban Areas.

    Reduced energy demand means less burning of fossil fuels, which results in less pollution from power plants. Also, ENERGY STAR® qualified roof products help to reduce the “heat island effect,” in which dark, heat-absorbing buildings and paved areas make the air in urban areas hotter, and more smoggy.

  • May Increase Roof Product Life.

    ENERGY STAR® qualified roof products maintain a more constant temperature, reduce thermal shock, and may help to extend the life of the roof.

For Homeowners

  • Tax Credit…

    Get up to $1,500 (30% of material cost) back from the government in the form of tax credit on colors that are Energy Star® qualified*

  • Energy Savings…

    Reduce cooling energy consumption by up to 50% depending on geography, structure, and climate

  • Rebates…

    Some utility companies and municipalities will even pay you to switch to reflective shingles*

  • StainGuard® Protection…

    Helps assure the beauty of your roof against unsightly blue-green algae

  • Extended Shingle Life…

    Protects against harmful UV rays

  • Pioneer in Cool Shingles…

    Market leader for many years—trusted and known by all

  • Safer…

    Class A fire listing from Underwriters Laboratories—the highest rating possible

  • High Performance…

    Custom specified, ultra high performance Micro Weave® Core provides better protection layer for layer

  • Stays in Place…

    Dura Grip® adhesive seals each shingle tightly and reduces the risk of shingle blow-off. Shingles warranted to withstand winds up to 130mph (with special installation, see ltd. warranty for details)

  • Peace of Mind…

    Lifetime ltd. transferable warranty with Smart Choice® Protection (non-prorated material and installation labor coverage) for the first 10 years (see ltd. warranty for complete coverage and restrictions)

  • Perfect Finishing Touch…

    Use Premium Ridglass® or Seal-A-Ridge® ridge cap shingles

*Some rebate programs are time limited and change often; for more information, contact your utility, governmental unit, or tax advisor.

For Professionals

  • A Familiar Shingle…

    The shingle you have come to know and love, Timberline®, now comes in “green” for your customers who want to save both money and the environment

  • Strong Consumer Interest…

    Driven by government tax credits and local rebates—make sure you can offer your customers the solution when they want it

  • Broaden Your Portfolio…

    A chance to show you are “on top of your game” and “up-to-date with green trends”

  • Better Value Means More Referrals…

    This unique product is the best of its class at a competitive price. Get in early and lead the way!

Timberline® Cool Series Reflectance & Emittance Data

Color Initial Solar Reflectance Thermal Emittance Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) LEEDS Credits
Cool Antique Slate 0.27 0.92 29 YES
Cool Barkwood 0.27 0.92 29 YES
Cool Weathered Wood 0.26 0.92 28 NO
Cool White 0.26 0.85 24 NO

Warranty Info † This wind coverage requires special installation. See limited warranty for details.

Good Housekeeping Stain Guard Energy Star CRRC Logo Miami-Dade Logo

UL Classified

Timberline® Cool Series Specifications

  • Fiberglass Asphalt Construction
  • Lifetime Ltd. Warranty
  • 10 Yr. Smart Choice® Protection
  • 130 mph Ltd. Wind Warranty**
  • Listed Class A fire—UL 790
  • ASTM D3161 Type 1, Class F
  • ASTM D3018 Type 1
  • ASTM D3462***
  • CSA 123.5-98
  • Approx. 64 Pieces/Sq.
  • Approx. 4 Bundles/Sq.
  • Approx. 256 Nails/Sq.
  • 5 5/8″ Exposure

**This wind coverage requires special installation. See ltd. warranty for details.
***Periodically tested by independent and internal labs to ensure compliance with ASTM D3462 at time of manufacture. Test results obtained after sale may vary depending on storage and roof top conditions.

Schantz Home Improvement is a Master Elite™ Residential Roofing Contractor in Atlanta, Georgia.

GAF Materials voted best shingles by Builders Mag 2010

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

GAF Materials Corporation Secures Highest Quality Rating in Builder Magazine’s 2010 Brand Use Study

WAYNE, NJ (07/2010) – GAF Materials Corporation, North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, has secured the top Quality Rated Brand for asphalt/fiberglass shingles in Builder Magazine’s 2010 Brand Use Study. Sponsored by Hanley Wood, the survey questioned 10,800 builders, builder-developers and general contractors about their familiarity with, use of, and opinions about brands in 81 product categories. Paul Bromfield, Senior Vice President, Marketing states, “GAF-Elk is pleased to be recognized for our high level of quality by the very people who install our product. As a leader in roofing since 1886, we have a long history of focusing on innovation driving us towards continuous improvement efforts – including our Advanced Protection technology. By enhancing the materials we use, we have created stronger, more durable shingles that weigh less and waste fewer natural resources.” GAF-Elk brands garnered the top three spots for quality in the asphalt/fiberglass shingles category, demonstrating the strength and breadth of GAF-Elk shingle lines, each of which is constructed with the Advanced Protection technology. This continuously evolving technology has led to the design of shingles that have improved performance, including superior wind resistance, while being more environmentally friendly due to lower unnecessary material usage. There are many aspects of the approach, most of which are proprietary:

  • Using a state-of-the-art fiberglass mat technology with automated processes that eliminate unnecessary filler weight while optimizing the protective asphalt to deliver performance. This results in a lower weight shingle with advanced protection against cracking, tearing, and severe winds.
  • Using the lowest profile glass mat in North America as well as proprietary processes, binders, and fiber strand orientation for optimal composite performance. Its reduced weight allows a greater percent of asphalt in the top or weathering layer, greater flexibility for bending with fewer cross-sectional mat cracking stresses, and contains higher fiber density making it stronger.
  • The shingles better withstand thermal cracking during severe temperature swings (150°F to 0°F) before the shingle cracks. In one sample, GAF-Elk shingles performed 33% better in thermal cracking than a competitor’s heavier shingle, again proving that performance is not correlated to weight.

With the improved wind performance that Advanced Protection technology has helped deliver, every shingle GAF-Elk now manufactures passes ASTM’s two toughest wind tests: ASTM D3161 Class F 110 mph and ASTM D7158 Class H 150 mph. These Advanced Protection product enhancements were made possible due to GAF-Elk’s world class R&D, which utilized sophisticated computer modeling to map each shingle into 10,000 pieces to predict how the new optimized shingle would perform. This same type of modeling, also known as 3 dimensional finite element analyses, is used by PhDs to design lighter aircraft that last longer. “We are committed to both the creation of superior roofing products and our corporate sustainability initiatives,” continued Bromfield. “This Advanced Protection technology has furthered our progress in both areas.”

About GAF Materials Corporation GAF Materials Corporation is the largest roofing and ventilation manufacturer in North America, with sales of nearly $3 billion annually. The company’s products include a comprehensive portfolio of steep-slope roofing systems (marketed under the GAF-Elk brand) and low-slope roofing systems (marketed under the GAF brand), which are supported by an extensive national network of factory-certified contractors. Its success is driven by a commitment to provide property owners and specifiers with the best and safest choice in roofing and by helping supportive contractors and distributors to build their businesses and avoid hassles.

With a focus on social responsibility, GAF-Elk has developed Advanced Protection shingle technology, which provides superior durability and wind resistance, while reducing the use of scarce natural resources.

The Company also supports the industry through CARE, the Center for the Advancement of Roofing Excellence, which has provided education to over 100,000 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.

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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. 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.

Roofing Contractors in Atlanta reviews

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Over 50 reviews about Schantz Home Improvement work in Atlanta are now in Kudzu, with an average overall rating of 4.5 stars. Schantz reviews include gutters, rook leak repairs, siding and windows.  Have you added yours?

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Kudzu gives you honest, uncensored feedback on businesses from homeowners just like you.

Roofing warranty for your Atlanta home

Friday, October 10th, 2008

Did you know you you can get a roofing warranty up to 50 years?

Another benefit of hiring a GAF Certified Master Elite Roofer is the incredible warranties we can offer you such as with the GAF-ELK system.   When you replace your roof with Schantz Home Improvement Company, you get not only our quality, but GAF-ELK warranties.

GAF roof warranty

Frequently Asked Questions About Warranties

Why Are Warranties Important?

A new roof is a big investment, typically involving thousands of your hard-earned dollars and lasting 25, 30, 40 years or more. As with any big investment, knowing in advance what your warranty covers could save you thousands in the event that problems arise with your roof.
What Are The Chances Of Having A Problem With My New GAF-Elk Roof?

Based on our state-of-the-art manufacturing process, the odds of having a problem with a new GAF-Elk roof are miniscule. On the other hand, while serious problems with GAF-Elk roofing materials are rare, if you were to have a problem, it can be as expensive to fix as your roof originally cost. So while the risk of having a problem is low, the cost if you do have a serious problem can be high.
What About Problems With Installation?

GAF-Elk’s studies indicate that more than two-thirds of the problems that people experience with their new roofs are due to the contractor’s workmanship—not the roofing materials. This is an important distinction to keep in mind when deciding on warranty coverage.
What Should I Look For In A Roofing Warranty?

Basically, there are two types of coverage that you should ask your contractor about: coverage against material defects and coverage against workmanship errors.

Tell Me About Coverage Against Material Defects…

To the best of our knowledge, all roofing products come with a warranty against material defects, although your exact coverage will vary depending on the brand. For example, a typical shingle warranty will cover material defects for a period of 20, 30, 40 years or more. The warranty on the other components of your roofing system can vary from as little as a few months to several years. It is important to remember that coverage against material defects is provided by the manufacturer, so you should select a brand from a manufacturer who is financially strong and therefore more likely to be in business for as long as you own your roof—which could be several decades!
What Is GAF-Elk’s “Smart Choice® Protection Period”?

GAF-Elk’s warranties come with a special provision called the Smart Choice® Protection Period that covers you against material defects during the critical early years of your new roof. During this period, in the event that you experience a material defect on covered components, GAF-Elk will provide you with 100% replacement materials and the reasonable cost of labor to install them. This is important because some roofing warranties may only provide replacement materials, but not the labor to install them.

What Is The GAF-Elk Weather Stopper® System Plus Ltd. Warranty?

The GAF-Elk Weather Stopper® System Plus Ltd. Warranty provides coverage against material defects for all major GAF-Elk components on your roof (not just your shingles)—so you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that, if any covered roofing component fails, it will be covered by the warranty (see ltd. warranty for complete coverage and restrictions). The warranty is available through GAF-Elk certified contractors, and is a low-cost way to get up to 50 years of non-prorated coverage (against material defects) on your new roofing system.

How Do I Get Coverage Against Workmanship Errors?

Many roofing contractors provide their own warranty against errors in workmanship, sometimes for as long as ten years or more. Obviously, that coverage is only good for as long as the contractor remains in business. Since roofing is a “high turnover” occupation, the majority of roofing contractors are out of business within five years—far less than the life of your new roof—making the warranty worthless and leaving you with nowhere to turn in the event that you have a workmanship problem.
Are There Any Manufacturers Who Will Cover The Contractor’s Workmanship?

Until relatively recently, there were no manufacturers that provided warranty coverage against errors in the contractors’ workmanship. Recognizing this obvious need, GAF-Elk introduced the Golden Pledge® Ltd. Warranty—the first manufacturer’s warranty to cover both material defects and the contractor’s workmanship (see ltd. warranty for complete coverage and restrictions). Whether or not your contractor remains in business, GAF-Elk will stand behind his workmanship for 20 years! The Golden Pledge® Ltd. Warranty is available only through GAF-Elk Master Elite™ Contractors, who are factory-certified by GAF-Elk. The warranty even includes an inspection by GAF-Elk’s independent inspectors after your new roof has been completed to insure proper installation. It is the strongest, safest warranty available in roofing today. Your Master Elite Contractor can provide a price for the warranty when he gives you a quote for your new roof.
How Do I File A Claim If I Have A Material Defect On My GAF-Elk Shingles?

Before you proceed, if possible you should locate a copy of your GAF-Elk warranty and a copy of the contractor’s invoice, contract, or original estimate. You will also need to provide the date applied, proof that you were the owner when the shingles were installed (or that the warranty was properly transferred to you),and the number of squares applied(1 square = 100 square feet). Then call our Warranty Service Department toll-free at 1-800-458-1860, and let us know the nature of your complaint.