I know there are lots of good information out there (and varying opinions) on this forum (as well as others)
What I have been seeing in my area is that the companies that deal with insurance claims all subcontract out their work and represent a single shingle manufacturer e.g. GAF, certainTeed etc which appears that these companies are “certified” in their specific brand that they sell and use the product/system that maximizes the product used and maximizes the manufacture warranty (for what it is worth). In addition they get better pricing and no doubt other incentives and that is the reason they push or prefer a specific brand.
Also the majority of opinions out there say that GAF has a great marketing program (also creates a lot of biased reviews) but CertainTeed’s shingles are superior (although I have read some arguments out there that the extra weight in CertainTeed’s shingles is filler). Comparing the basic shingles used for insurance claims (CertainTeed and GAF) the ones used around here are the CertainTeed Landmark and GAF HDZ…I want a true “mid grade” shingle and the CertainTeed Landmark Pro is what research has led me and that the minimal premium over the basic Landmark shingles is worth the extra cost and GAF does not appear to have a true mid grade shingle (old “40” year shingles).
My problem is that the contract I have is with a GAF certified company and primarily installs GAF HDZ. I mentioned wanting CertainTeed Landmark Pro but not sure if that is a viable option. Right now it looks like my options are:
- Call it done and get the GAF HDZ from GAF certified company that uses GAF products. Knowing that the roof is not going to cost me anything other than my deductible but not my preferred shingle.
- Upgrade to the GAF Ultra HD shingles at a premium (around $30-40 square: have not received an official cost). Don’t think it is worth the premium (couple thousand out of pocket) although this is a much thicker/heavier shingle.
- Negotiate and get the CertainTeed Landmark shingles instead of the HDZ but installed by a non-certified company.
4.Push for the CertainTeed Landmark Pro shingles but this will be even a more premium (do not get the CertainTeed discounts etc) installed by a non-certified company.