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Lifetime Warranty!

The Roofing Annex is proud to offer GAF's factory direct lifetime warranty, Systems Plus, at no extra charge. Learn More

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Our Certified Hail and Wind Damage Inspectors™ will assess your roof and create a thorough report with a no-obligation Free Estimate. From there, we work with your Insurer to file your claim should damage be found. A new roof with a Lifetime Warranty is but a few clicks away.

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GAF Master Elite Roofing ContractorCongratulations! You found a GAF Master Elite™ Contactor

Because of GAF’s (North America’s largest roofing manufacturer) stringent standards, only 3% of all roofing contractors have qualified as Master Elite™ contractors! Choosing a GAF Master Elite™ contractor is your assurance that you’ll be dealing with a quality, reputable, and dependable professional contractor — not some “fly-by-nighter.”

Here’s What Makes us a Master Elite™ Contractor:

Professional Installation

As a Master Elite™ contractor we utilize extensive educational materials developed by GAF’s technical experts—allowing us to stay current in the latest roof installation techniques. That’s why GAF has authorized us to offer enhanced system warranties—one of which even includes a program that offers a factory inspection of your finished roof!

Superior Protection
Good House Keeping Seal of ApprovalMost people think that a new roof is nothing more than just nailing up some shingles. Master Elite™ roofing contractors know better — so we recommend GAF’s Weather Stopper® 3-Part Roof Protection System. It gives you the best protection against a variety of all-too-common roofing problems. Plus, each component used in the system has earned the prestigious Good Housekeeping Seal!

“Worry-Free” And “Hassle-Free” Warranty Options
GAF Golden PledgeBecause of our unique factory-certified status, the roofs we install are eligible for special warranties — all backed by GAF’s financial clout as North America’s largest roofing manufacturer. After all, a warranty is only as good as the manufacturer that stands behind it. With a GAF roof, you know that you will be covered throughout the warranty period—without fail!

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More On Asphalt Roofs

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Asphalt shingles are produced by many manufacturers, two of the leading manufacturers in the industry being GAF and CertainTeed. GAF Materials Corporation was founded in 1886 and has become one of the largest roofing manufacturers in the country. In 2012 GAF Materials Corporation was the first company to offer a lifetime limited warranty on an entire roofing system. Its vast selection of shingles means that you’re certain to find the right combination of style, color, and price to suit your taste.

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Asphalt shingles typically last longer in places where the weather stays either consistently warm, or consistently cool. This is because thermal shock can damage shingles. Oddly enough, the proper roof ventilation can extend the service life of a roof more than anything else.  An additive known as SBS (styrene-butadiene-styrene) is often added to the asphalt mixture to make the shingles more resistant to thermal cracking, as well as more resistant to damage from hail impacts. Most insurance companies offer discounts to homeowners for using impact-4-rated shingles.


The Average Lifespan
The protective nature of asphalt shingles primarily comes from the long-chain hydrocarbons impregnating the paper. Over time (20 to 50 years) the hydrocarbons soften from sun exposure and rain washes the hydrocarbons out of the shingles. This loss of the heavy oils causes the fibers to shrink, exposing the nail heads under the shingle flaps. The shrinkage also breaks up the surface coating of sand adhered to the surface of the paper, and eventually causes the paper to begin to tear itself apart. Once the nail heads are exposed, water running down the roof can seep into the building around the nail shank, resulting in rotting of roof building materials and causing moisture damage to ceilings and paint inside. 

Death by Storm
The number one culprit for the deterioration of all roofs is WIND (We are Certified Wind Damage Inspectors). Depending on location, wind finds a moderate to fast paced way to rip off shingles. Once one section is lost the damage often becomes systemic. The most treacherous form of damage is that cause by hail. Although it is VERY region specific, hail storms can cause damage that is often unnoticed for a long time. This is because of wind angle (damage to 2 or less angles on a roof and hence missed on quick inspection) but most of the credit goes to season. Most hail storms occur in the spring which is followed by the dryer summer and no leaks present themselves immediately. Luckily the Roofing Annex is a Certified Hail Damage Inspector.

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Toll Free 855.55.ANNEX (26639)
The Roofing Annex
4860 Duff Drive, Suite B
Cincinnati, OH 45246
Serving 4 convenient locations: Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, and Chicago.