Florida Atlas Chalet Shingles
Florida Atlas Chalet Shingles
Parker Waichman LLP is reviewing Atlas roofing claims on behalf of Florida consumers who bought Atlas Roofing Corporation’s Atlas Chalet Shingles. The Atlas shingles have been touted as being a high-quality product offered at a reasonable price.
Reports indicate otherwise and suggest issues including Atlas roofing leaks, Atlas shingles leaking, and other Atlas roofing problems. Specifically, consumers, including consumers in Florida, have complained that Atlas shingles problems involve premature cracking and blistering. What’s more, because Atlas Roofing no longer makes Atlas Chalet shingles, Florida homeowners seeking to resolve Atlas shingles leaks and other issues are left with little recourse, defective merchandise, and costly repairs. Consumers also report receiving poor customer service when reaching out to Atlas Roofing concerning their Atlas roofing leaking issues.
If you, or someone you know, purchased Atlas Chalet shingles and has experienced Atlas roofing problems, Atlas roofing leaks, or any other problems with the Atlas products, our attorneys would like to speak with you. Call Parker Waichman LLP today for a free, no-obligation evaluation of your case.
Premature Atlas Roofing Leaks
As part of its marketing campaign for Atlas Chalet shingles, Atlas Roofing Corporation advertised that, “Chalet gives you peace of mind at an affordable price” and that the shingles are resistant to algae and winds of up to 80 miles per hour. Yet, consumers who bought Atlas shingles have reported different experiences. In fact, numerous complaints involve premature cracking and blistering, in some cases in as short as one year following installation of the Atlas shingles. When the Atlas shingles crack and blister, granule loss—when chunks of material break free from the allegedly defective shingles—may occur.
Because the Atlas Chalet shingles have been known to erode in a relatively short time frame, impacted consumers have been forced to invest time, labor, and more money to repair or replace their roofs. Instead of receiving the “peace of mind” Atlas Roofing promised, consumers who have purchased Atlas shingles have been left with large repair bills and anxiety.
Meanwhile, manufacture of Atlas Chalet shingles has been ceased and, even though a 30-year limited transferable warranty was promised with the purchase of the Atlas shingles, many consumers report having attempted to contact Atlas and say they have been frustrated with the poor customer service.
What consumers may not know is that, in some cases, longer roofing warranties, such as what was processed with the Atlas shingle products, are more of a marketing tool and less of an indicator of the product’s quality. Consumers should consider the manufacturer’s reputation, as well as the warranty’s terms. Also, many firms may attempt to avoid honoring warranties for an array of reasons. For instance a roofing firm may not honor a limited lifetime warranty, alleging that the shingles were not installed appropriately. In the case of Atlas Roofing Corporation, the company asserts that the blistering consumers have alleged is simply an aesthetic, and not a construction issue. Homeowners disagree.
Proposed Atlas Class Action Lawsuit Proceeds
Breach of warranty and other claims were retained in a recent proposed class action brought in Georgia over Atlas roofing products. Allegations include that Atlas Roofing manufactured defective roof shingles and that the manufacturing process enabled moisture to enter the shingles, creating gas bubbles that expanded in the sun, which led to product blistering and cracking.
The judge preserved claims that Atlas violated an express warranty for the shingles; ruled that Atlas Roofing’s marketing materials and packaging that present the shingles as meeting building codes and industry standards did create a warranty with buying consumers; and found that those bringing the lawsuit properly alleged that they relied on the warranty, saying they would have purchased a competing product had the warranty not been made by Atlas Roofing, wrote Law360. The judge also denied Atlas Roofing’s request to have a claim dismissed that alleged Atlas fraudulently hid Atlas shingles’ manufacturing defects and found that Atlas had a duty to disclose the manufacturing problem if consumers could not have reasonably uncovered the issue themselves. The judge retained most of the lawsuit's declaratory judgment claims, including that portions of Atlas' warranty are void as unconscionable, that Atlas Roofing must advise owners of the alleged defect in its process, and that Atlas Roofing will reassess all prior warranty claims and pay the full costs of repairs and damages in those cases.
The proposed class action is part of a multidistrict litigation (MDL) that was organized in December 2013. The MDL involves six product liability cases over Atlas Shingles and involves federal courts nationwide.
Legal Help for Consumers who Purchased Atlas Chalet Roofing Shingles
If you or someone you know purchased and installed Atlas Chalet shingles, you may have valuable legal rights. Please fill out our online form or call 1(800)-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) to speak with one of our experienced construction defect lawyers today.