Atlas Chalet Asphalt Shingles - A brief history
Since 1982, the Atlas Roofing Company has produced variety of asphalt shingles. Like most of the other roofing manufacturers (GAR, CertainTeed, IKO and Owens Corning), they make typical builder grade 3-tab shingles, more durable architectural shingles, and designer shingles. In the early to mid-90s, however, Atlas manufactured a shingle called the Atlas Chalet. These shingles became wildly popular, especially in the Southeastern United States.
Atlas Chalet Shingles were constructed as an actual a 3-tab shingle but had the appearance of a more expensive architectural style shingle. They accomplished this by building up certain parts of the shingle tabs with heavier and thicker granules. This feature was called the applique. Over time, however, this applique became known to blister and crack, causing it to lose an unusual number of granules, resulting in more moisture absorption and a shorter useful life for the shingles.
Repercussions of the Atlas Chalet design
Due to the manufacturer defects, the Atlas Roofing Company had received thousands of complaints stating the product having to be replaced sooner than usual. This resulted in its eventual discontinuance in 2010. Since then, the product has posed problems for insurance companies, the Atlas Roofing Company, and most importantly, the homeowners that found out they had these shingles on their home.
Since 2010, identification of the product has surged, and homeowners are finding they have a difficult time selling their home with the product. New buyers have also found it difficult to obtain insurance because of the Chalets.
Solutions to Atlas Chalet Asphalt Shingles
- Replacement – Depending on the size and pitch of your roof, this could run you anywhere from $5000 – $25,000, or more.
- File an Insurance Claim – Have a qualified, Atlas Chalet Asphalt Shingle expert do a detailed roof inspection. Depending on your insurance company, if your roof has damaged shingles, you could possibly receive a complete roof replacement from insurance. All you would have to pay is your deductible.
- Class Action Lawsuit – Lawsuits have been filed alleging that the shingles crack, blister and otherwise wear out far before they should, and that Atlas Corp. should be responsible for the money homeowners have laid out to fix their roofs. As of May 2017, a judge handed down a ruling that essentially put an end to the litigation as a class action lawsuit. So what does this mean? It means that any lawsuits being filed against Atlas are individual lawsuits. As of today, an affected homeowner will need to hire their own attorney and file their own case to have any chance at getting money back for roof repairs and/or replacement.
- Take it Straight to Atlas Roofing Company – Go straight to the Atlas Roofing company and file a faulty material claim. Atlas requires the homeowner to supply a lot of documentation. Due to such, it is almost impossible to adhere to their requests. In most successful petitions, between 28% – 45% of the total replacement cost was obtained.
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