Shamrock Limerick Lawsuit: Faulty Shingles May Lead to Roof Leaks, Mold Growth
Last Updated on June 26, 2017
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At A Glance
- This Alert Affects
- Property owners who have experienced problems with roofing shingles manufactured by Shamrock Building Materials, Inc.
- What Problems Are Being Reported?
- Shamrock's Limerick 30 asphalt shingles can allegedly crack and/or fail to seal properly, which can lead to roof leaks, water damage and mold growth.
- Has a Class Action Been Filed?
- Not yet. In 2012, a construction company named Arrowhead Forest Products, LLC sued Shamrock alleging that its Limerick 30 roofing shingles can crack, leak or otherwise fail shortly after installation. This lawsuit only sought compensation for business lost by Arrowhead, as well as damage to the owner's property, which was installed with the allegedly defective shingles. It did not seek compensation for property owners who have the shingles on their properties.
- How Can We Start a Class Action?
- Tell us about the problems you've experienced with these shingles using the form on the right hand side of this page. While a lawsuit hasn't been filed yet, attorneys believe that property owners may be able to file a class action and need to hear from individuals who have Shamrock shingles on their properties to move forward.
It has been alleged that Shamrock Building Materials, Inc. and White Mountain Roofing Materials, LLC, the distributor and manufacturer of Limerick 30 asphalt shingles, sold defective roofing shingles that can crack or fail to properly seal. Property owners and construction companies alike have complained that the Limerick shingles fail shortly after installation or under typical weather conditions, allowing rain to penetrate the shingles. As a result, they have alleged that this water intrusion can damage property infrastructures and even cause mold to grow within affected homes or businesses, putting inhabitants at risk for serious health conditions.
Construction Company Sues Shamrock, White Mountain Over Shingles
It is important to note that this was not a class action lawsuit, but an individual case brought by a construction company alleged to have lost business due to the faulty shingles.
In 2012, the owner of construction company Arrowhead Forest Products, LLC filed a lawsuit against Shamrock and White Mountain.
According to the suit, Shamrock acquired White Mountain in 2011 and began selling the company’s Village Shake shingles under the name Limerick 30, at which point Shamrock’s employees allegedly asked the owner of Arrowhead, Danny Lyons, if he would be interested in selling the asphalt shingles. The plaintiff alleges that he was concerned about Shamrock’s Limerick 30 shingles after reading the following negative reviews about White Mountain’s Village Shake shingles:
“I feel compelled to write this complaint on [White Mountain Building Products]. The shingle line is [Village Shake]-30, VS-40, VS-50, Wood Creek. These shingles were the biggest nightmare I have ever dealt with. The owner Tony Gallo is a crook and the shingle is complete garbage! I had excessive granule loss and he did nothing to resolve the issue! Unbelievable! I spent thousands of dollars on this product and there is no warranty to stand by the product…I am going to rip off this roof because I don’t want the new owner to deal with this nightmare.”
“We installed a White Mountain roof. When we install a new product we have a company rep on site to oversee the install. Anthony Gallo’s son was on site and approved the product and the installation. Within nine months this product was in complete failure. Granules were almost all gone. White Mountain would not return phone calls from us or the supplier…They finally showed up unannounced and walked the roof with the homeowner. Anthony Gallo’s son, the same guy who oversaw the installation and was there every day showing us how to install it, said we installed it wrong… [Contractors State License Board] CSLB State investigator was called and said the roof was installed correctly but the product was faulty.”
Despite these reviews, Lyons agreed to purchase more than $65,000 worth of Shamrock’s Limerick shingles and also had a roofer install some of the shingles on his own business.
Lawsuit: Shamrock Shingles Are Defective, Do Not Meet Industry Standards
According to the lawsuit, Shamrock’s Limerick shingles were marketed as meeting or exceeding industry standards, being easier to install than other shingles on the market because they were self-sealing, and having a design that “literally eliminates the possibility of water intrusion”; however, Lyons’ roofer experienced problems with the shingles immediately, the suit claims.
Because the faulty shingles were cracked and otherwise damaged, the plaintiff alleges that rain water became trapped beneath the shingles and caused excessive water damage and mold growth.
When installing the shingles, the roofer found that they were stuck together inside their packaging and tore apart when removed, which violates the American Society for Testing and Materials’ (ASTM) standards, according to the suit. As a result, the time spent installing the shingles was significantly longer than advertised. Furthermore, the roofer allegedly found that the shingles failed to seal within a reasonable time after being installed, leaving the roof susceptible to water damage.
In addition to the thousands of dollars it cost to repair the damage to the company’s roof, the lawsuit alleges that Arrowhead also lost thousands of dollars worth of business. The suit claims Lyons ordered the Limerick shingles for installation on several different properties, but those jobs could not be completed due to the allegedly defective nature of the shingles.
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