A GAF shingles lawsuit to recover compensation Have the GAF Timberline Shingles on your home’s roof cracked prematurely, or otherwise failed to perform as expected? Consumers who have experienced problems, especially premature cracking, with Timberline shingles manufactured by GAF Materials Corporation may be able to participate in a GAF shingles lawsuit to recover compensation for property damages. Already, consumers in several states, including Alabama, Pennsylvania and Virginia, have filed GAF shingles class action lawsuits over defective Timberline Shingles.Lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP who specialized in defective products litigation are currently offering free lawsuit evaluations to homeowners with defective GAF Timberline Shingles. To learn if you may be eligible to file or join such a class action lawsuit, we urge you to contact one our GAF shingles lawyers today.
GAF Shingle Defects: Premature Cracking
GAF Timberline Shingles, which are marketed as 30 and 40 year shingles, are asphalt shingles that use a fiberglass material as a base. GAF produces Timberline shingles at several plant locations across the country, and uses a different process to manufacture these products at each site.
According to several consumer lawsuits, GAF was receiving complaints regarding premature cracking associated with its shingles, including Timberline shingles, by the late 1990s. From 2001 – 2002, GAF fiberglass shingle cracking claims increased 43 percent. It was internally noted by GAF that the shingles made at one of its plants was its “fastest growing problem.” GAF ultimately concluded that the problem was caused by raw materials used to make the shingles. The company also concluded that plants in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Baltimore, Maryland; Millis, Massachusetts; and Fontana, California, had manufactured shingles with these defective raw materials. Additional investigation found that manufacturing plants in Mobile, Alabama and Dallas, Texas also had the same problems.
The results of its investigations prompted GAF to change its raw material specifications for its Timberline Shingles. Despite the findings of its own investigation, GAF never issued a recall of the products made with those raw materials. This left thousands of property owners with these defective shingles on their roofs.
GAF shingle lawsuits allege that Timberline Shingles failed to meet American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards for fiberglass shingles, but where nevertheless marked as being ASTM compliant. These lawsuits further allege that GAF management personnel concealed this, and failed to inform consumers, contractors and homeowners that the Timberline Shingles did not meet ASTM standards, and would degrade and crack prematurely, and beyond what is expected. Finally, the lawsuits claim that all homes and properties with GAF Timberline Shingle after December 31, 1997 must be re-roofed with shingles that comply with ASTM standards.
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