ATLAS “CHALET” SHINGLES
Lucey Law Firm has a pending South Carolina class action regarding roofing shingles which are blistering, cracking, suffering from granule loss, or otherwise failing prematurely. These shingles, sold under the “Chalet” brand name, were manufactured by the Atlas Roofing Corporation from 1999 until 2010, at which point Atlas discontinued the Chalet Shingle product. The South Carolina action has been consolidated with numerous other similar actions from around the nation to be prosecuted in Atlanta, Georgia for pre trial proceedings. Lucey Law remains a lead participant in the national, consolidated proceeding.
Summary of the Class Action
In 2013, Lucey Law Firm filed a class action complaint on behalf of two plaintiff homeowners representing a proposed class of South Carolina homeowners who own residences or other structures containing allegedly defective Atlas Chalet Shingles. The proposed class consists of South Carolina homeowners who, between January 1, 1999 to the present, have had the Atlas Chalet Shingles installed on their residences or other structures, shingles which have since blistered, cracked, suffered granule loss or otherwise failed prematurely. The proposed class will likely be expanded to include 1997-1998 homeowners, depending on Atlas’s sales records.
The Chalet Shingles are alleged to contain manufacturing and/or design defects which lead to blistering, cracking, granule loss, and premature failure. These issues, according to the allegations, cause damage to the homes or other structures on which the Chalet Shingles are installed. Additional allegations include that:
- The Chalet Shingles do not perform as marketed, represented and warranted by Atlas;
- The Chalet Shingles do not satisfy industry standards;
- The Chalet Shingles require repair or replacement sooner than is reasonably expected;
- Atlas failed to honor the Limited Warranty accompanying the Chalet Shingles; and
- Atlas knew the Chalet Shingles were defective, yet continued to sell and market the Shingles to the general public.
Filed in a South Carolina federal court (U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina: Rock Hill Division), the South Carolina class action is now part of a multidistrict litigation (“MDL”) which consolidated similar, Chalet Shingle cases from federal courts across the nation into one proceeding for pre-trial discovery purposes. The Atlas MDL (No. 2495) is currently pending in a Georgia federal court (U.S. District Court for the District of Northern Georgia: Atlanta Division).
Summary of the Atlas Chalet Shingle
According to court records, the Atlas Chalet Shingle was supposedly created to provide an affordable shingle with the curb-appeal of the more expensive, architectural shingle. Thus, while the Atlas Chalet Shingle is not an “architectural shingle,” the Chalet Shingle is similar in appearance – it’s a three tab shingle that contains a shadow line and an extra, laminated “pad” on the top of the shingle tabs.
Atlas’ marketing materials for the Chalet Shingles allegedly portray the product as durable, defect-free and compliant with ASTM (formerly the American Society for Testing and Materials) standards. The Atlas Chalet Shingles were also sold with either a 25-year or 30-year limited warranty, which certain consumers believed to be a guarantee of the shingles’ quality:
Based on reports from many consumers, the Atlas Chalet Shingles installed on their residences are not durable as the shingles show signs of premature deterioration, sometimes within one to two years after installation. These signs of premature deterioration reported by consumers whose residences contain the Atlas Chalet Shingles include, but are not limited to
- Blistering or Bubbling
- Granule Loss
- Loss of Shingle Surfacing
- Shingle Tears
- Shingle Blow Offs
- Shingle Pitting or Wear Pits
- Shingle Holes or Craters
- Roof Leaks
- Moisture Penetration
- Reduced Life Expectancy
Atlas Chalet Shingles Examples
Plaintiffs’ engineering experts have inspected many roofs which contain Atlas Chalet Shingles and have observed the following conditions:
1. Blistering/Broken Blisters
3. Loss of Shingle Surfacing/Craters
4. Significant Granule Loss
4. Roof Leaks/Water Intrusion
The Next Steps for Homeowners With Atlas Chalet Shingles
For further information regarding the class action or to tell us about your problems or experiences with Atlas Chalet Shingles, we encourage you to please select the “Contact us” link below or call our office (843) 849-8400 to speak with attorney, Dabny Lynn.Download Complaint