Your Roof System

Schwartz Residential Roofing believes that installing a complete roof system is one of the most important factors when installing a roof.  The difference in a roof system and just a plain old roof is mainly found underneath the shingles.  How the roof is put together is extremely important to the longevity and performance of your new roof.  The system we have found that works the best is the GAF Lifetime Roofing System.

When Schwartz Residential Roofing installs a GAF Lifetime Roofing we include the GAF System Plus Warranty.  This warranty covers the materials of the entire roof system for a non-prorated period of 50 years.  Most shingle warranties non-prorate period is 10 years and only the shingles are covered.  Upgrade to our Premium option and our workmanship is covered by GAF for 25 years.  With the Golden Pledge Warranty, a GAF Lifetime Roofing System installed by the professionals at Schwartz Residnetial Roofing will be the last roof you will buy on your home.

The Components to a Complete Lifetime Roof System by GAF

The Shingles

Choosing the right shingle is about the appearance and performance.  There are many different styles and colors to choose from.  The most common shingle we install is the GAF Timberline HD.  This is a laminated shingle that comes with a Lifetime Warranty.  Other shingles give the look of slate, wood shakes, and even tile. 

Roof Deck Protection

There is a major difference between 15# felt and GAF Tiger Paw. This goes on before the shingles are installed.  Synthetic Underlayment like GAF Tiger Paw are very difficult to tear and rip.  This is the last line of defense if the shingles are blown off in a major storm.

Leak Barrier

This is installed in all the critical areas.  We install leak barrier in valleys, along walls, and around all penetrations.  We do numerous repairs on roofs installed by other contractors and 95% of the time it involves the critical areas mentioned.  Leak barrier can seal around nails. It is a waterproofing membrane that is installed under the shingles.

Starter Strips

Starters hold the edge of the roof down.  It gives the roof extra wind resistance.  We install starters on both the eaves and rakes so the entire perimeter is protected.  Many other roofing contractors install 3 tab shingles or flip the shingle upside down and use it as a starter shingle.  This puts the sealant on the wrong end and leaves the roof more susceptible to wind blow off.

Ridge Vent

Ridge Vent works with soffit vents to give a complete attic ventilation system.  One common mistake is to mix ventilation types.  We often see box vents and ridge vents on the same roofing plane.  This only allows for the top of the attic to ventilate, not then entire attic.  A properly ventilated attic should be no more than 20-30 degrees above the ambient temperature on the roof.


Most roofing contractors will install a Lifetime shingle on the field of the roof and a 25 year shingle on the hips and ridges of a roof.  Why?  We install a Lifetime hip n ridge shingle on all roofs when we install a lifetime shingle on the field of the roof.  Besides the extra protection, it looks better.

#7 Flashing

We install all new plumbing pipe flashings on every job.  On our Premium jobs we replace all flashings and on our standard and Economy options we replace any damaged or missing flashings.  The flashings protect the house at all roof to wall junctions.  Flashings also protect against leaks at all penetrations.  In most cases, flashings are made of metal.

Want to visualize what your new roof will look like on your home. Check out GAF's Virtual Home Remodeler.

To help you better understand your roof, check out the Home Owners Guide to the life cycle of a roof from trusted manufacturer CertainTeed.