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American Homes Specialists-GAF Master Elite Builders

With thousands of roofers around the country, how do you decide which one you can trust? Doing your do diligence is key and finding a Master Elite contractor is just as important. In order to enforce a higher standard of installation GAF implemented a roofing certification program for contractors and companies in the industry. With GAF only awarding this special certification to less than 3% of all roofing contractors nationwide, AHS is proud to be one of the few who are qualified for this elite status.


Two reasons… First, since it’s impossible to obtain Master Elite status without going through proper training, the certification is a clear indication that our workers are highly skilled and knowledgeable. Also, GAF requires all Master Elite candidates to have a clean and dependable reputation. This shows that AHS is honest and trustworthy. All of these qualities can be translated into better craftsmanship during the installation process.

Second, this type of company backed certification allows us to offer certain warranties that other contractors cannot. Until recently, no roofing manufacturers provided coverage against contractor error. In an effort to stand behind its products and certification program, GAF implemented the Golden Pledge Ltd. Warranty, which is only available through GAF Master Elite Contractors. This warranty not only protects our customers against poor workmanship during the roof installation process, it also entitles them to an independent GAF inspection once the roof is replaced.

  • A. Master Elite contractors make up only 3% of the total roofers nationwide. The reason is its extremely difficult to achieve. GAF verifies the following items before granting a company the master elite status.

    • minimum 7 years in business – 1 year in their certified program
    • 99% customer satisfaction based on independent surveys from GAF
    • 1 million general liability coverage + proper and valid workers compensation
    • satisfactory rating with BBB
    • GOOD or better credit rating
    • clean banking record (no overdrafts, negative info)
    • clean distributor reference (means we pay our bills)
    • no leins, or judgements unresolved on record
    • good workmanship record

    You can see why it is almost impossible for 97% of companies to achieve even these base requirements, but still the final test is a face to face meeting with the territory managers to doubly verify all information and personally check out our previous jobs and talk to some of our previous customers. It is a true partnership with GAF, and it is fantastic for you, us, and them. It is how business relationships should be!

  • A. Here is a table below to outline some of the key points, if you want to see a full side by side check out our Warranty Comparison page.

    10yr. non prorated/lifetime total shingle only warranty

    Shingles – Covered!
    Felt Underlayment – NOT covered
    Ice & Water Shield – NOT covered
    Starter Strips – NOT covered
    Ridge Vent and Cap – NOT covered
    Tear Off – NOT covered
    Tear Off Disposal – NOT covered

    Total liability: 55% Roof cost
    10-50yr. non prorated/lifetime total warranty (varies by mfr.)

    Shingles – Covered!
    Felt Underlayment – NOT covered
    Ice & Water Shield – covered
    Starter Strips – covered
    Ridge Vent and Cap – covered
    Tear Off – covered
    Tear Off Disposal – NOT covered

    Total liability: 20% Roof cost
    50yr. non prorated/lifetime total warranty plus 25 year workmanship warranty

    Shingles – Covered!
    Felt Underlayment – Covered!
    Ice & Water Shield – Covered!
    Starter Strips – Covered!
    Ridge Vent and Cap – Covered!
    Tear Off – Covered!
    Tear Off Disposal – Covered!

    Total liability: 0% Roof cost

GAF is your best and safest choice! Here’s Why . . .


  • Professional installers have long preferred the rugged, dependable performance that only a GAF roof can offer, and have made our Advanced Protection™ shingles the #1 brand in North America!
  • Inventors of the Timberline® Advanced Protection™ shingle — the #1-selling shingle in North America
  • Rated #1 in shingle quality by contractors and home builders (2009 Hanley-Wood study)
  • Named #1 in innovation for shingles by home builders (Home Improvement Executive study, October 2009)
  • First to pass ASTM D3161 Class F (110 mph) and ASTM D7158 Class H (150 mph) wind ratings on every manufactured shingle (per UL public listing)
  • First to produce an energy-efficient asphalt shingle available in rich colors, called the Cool Color Series (now called Timberline® Cool Series)
  • Winner of the Builder’s Choice Award
  • Premium Designer Shingles have twice received the Architects Choice For Excellence Award
  • Freedom™ TPO self-adhering roofing systems chosen Product Of The Year by Commercial Building Products magazine
  • Fireshield® brand roof restoration system named “Best Product” by the editors of Buildings magazine



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