It can be difficult for many homeowners to determine which local roofing company or contractor is bound to do the best job. A. W. Ross is the controller of Lundberg Roofing, Windows & Siding, a business that has been serving the Charlotte, North Carolina area since 1979. In his opinion, one good way to ensure that a roofing company is qualified to do the job is to check for a GAF Master Elite certification.
Generally speaking, any project involving plumbing, HVAC systems or precise construction-related skill requires the help of a licensed company or contactor. While some exterior work can be tackled by homeowners who are fairly handy, roof replacement is one thing that is usually reserved for professionals.
It’s easy to see why so many homeowners prefer to leave roof installation to experts. A new roof can be a significant and costly investment; therefore, most people would be wise to do what it takes to ensure that their roofs are installed correctly from the beginning. Additionally, roof installation is a potentially complex and dangerous venture, which most homeowners wouldn’t even dream of handling themselves, regardless of the potential savings.
GAF Master Elite Certification
GAF Materials Corporation is North America’s largest manufacturer of residential and commercial roofing materials. Homeowners might recognize GAF as the inventors of the Timberline shingle, which is the top-selling architectural shingle in some areas. In order to enforce a higher standard of installation for its top-of-the-line products, GAF implemented a roofer certification program for contractors and companies in the industry.
GAF has already done all of the hard work in selecting the best roofers to become GAF Master Elite roofers. In order to be a GAF Master Elite roofing contractor, you must:
- Be fully licensed to perform roofing work
- Be fully insured
- Have a solid reputation for providing quality roofing services
- Be committed to ongoing professional training
Since GAF only awards certifications to those who have achieved the highest level of competency and skill, only the top 2% of all roofing contractors have managed to qualify as Master Elite.
Two reasons for hiring a GAF Master Elite certified contractor
There are two good reasons why homeowners should consider hiring roofing contractors who are GAF Master Elite certified.
First, the GAF Master Elite certification is a clear indication that the individual or company in question is capable of doing his job well. Since one cannot obtain a Master Elite certification without going through proper trainings, anyone who holds this honor within the roofing industry is bound to truly know what he’s doing. Additionally, since GAF requires that all candidates for the certification hold clean and dependable reputations, anyone who holds this particular credential is sure to be honest and responsible. These qualities can be translated into better craftsmanship as well as timeliness during the roof installation process.
The second reason is that this type of company-backed certification allows eligible contractors to offer certain warranties that others cannot. Until somewhat recently, no roofing manufacturers provided coverage against contractor error. In an effort to stand behind its products and certification program, GAF implemented the Golden Pledge Ltd. Warranty, which is only available through GAF Master Elite contractors. This warranty not only protects a customer against poor workmanship during the roof installation process, it also entitles him to an independent GAF inspection once his new roof is in place – a fact that many homeowners are bound to find appealing.
Finding a contractor with a GAF Master Elite certification
If you’re looking to have a new roof installed but aren’t sure which contractors or companies to trust, start by finding the ones who are GAF Master Elite certified. Most of them tend to do a good job of making this fact known. So in many cases, you can obtain this information by visiting the business’s primary place of operation and looking for its physical certification. You can also go to the GAF website to see if the roofing contractor you’re looking to hire is GAF Master Elite certified.
Be aware that a new roof is a huge investment. So when it comes to installation, you’d be wise to hire only the very best. By choosing a contractor or company with a GAF Master Elite certification, you’ll be giving yourself an added dose of reassurance that your house is in for a job well done.