A lot has a been said on Atlas Chalet shingles since its discontinuation 2010. As recent as
2015 some insurance companies have begun canceling policies and denying claims. This has sparked a lot of conversation and concern over the Atlas Chalet shingle.
Manufactured by the Atlas Roofing Corporation from the late 90’s until the around 2012. They were the go-to shingle for many homebuilders looking to save some money. From 2000 until they were discontinued in 2010, thousands of homes in and around Atlanta had them installed.
They were an economical alternative to architectural shingles and were very appealing to the untrained eye, however after a short period of time homeowners began to noticed a high rate of granule loss, unfortunately the Atlas Chalet line is susceptible to water penetration which leads to premature blistering, cracking, and excessive loss of granular surface.
The problem is, your insurance company is not allowed to repair your roof with a product that is not of like kind and quality. Since the Atlas Chalet had been discontinued there are no replacements available leaving the only alternative is to replace the entire roof. Many insurance companies are not willing to cover a roof that can not be repaired.
Where does this leave the seller?
Heres what it means to the seller and real estate agent and why we have added it to our Top 5 “Deal Killers” List. A typical 10 day due diligence for a Home buyer is not a lot of time to hire an inspector, schedule a date and get the report in a timely manner to review.
As inspectors we have seen countless deals go down the drain because of last minute issues that require time and research to make a good decision. Unfortunately faced with a major issue many home buyers will just walk away. Just the mere mention of Atlas Chalet Shingles can send the savvy home buyer packing.
Atlas Chalet Shingles should never kill the deal!
What you don’t see on the News or in Blogs is that there are Insurance companies that will insure Atlas Chalet roofs. Their are also many reputable roofing companies that are trained to help the buyer or seller through this process, but knowing a head of time is the key!
Thats why we are always encouraging sellers and their agents to consider having a “Pre Certified Move In Inspection,” Its the same inspection we do for the buyer, which is equally as important for the seller. The time to find out there is a major issues is upfront. It will not only give the seller peace of mind, it can save the deal!