Why you should Choose a Contractor that’s Certified with the Material Manufacturer
june 5th, 2020 updated 10:00AM CT
A home is the greatest asset you will ever own. Not only is the home itself valuable to you, but everything inside it is valuable as well. Your home is where you will raise a family, where you will keep all of your most cherished photographs, where you will keep all of your favorite purchases. So naturally, you want to protect your home. And home protection starts with the right roof system.
But unless you plan on installing your own roofing, you will have to hire a roofing contractor to do it for you. The thing is, not all roofing contractors are made equally. Unfortunately, the roofing industry is an unregulated industry. This means there are a lot of trained, licensed, and certified roofers out there. It also means that there are a lot of roofers that do not have the training, licensing, and experience necessary to do a good job. For this reason, it’s extremely important that you do your research when hiring a roofing contractor to make sure they are certified with the material manufacturer.
But what does it mean to be a manufacturer certified contractor?
As we just mentioned, roofing is a highly unregulated industry. This means anyone can start their own roofing business. The problem with this is evident. If a roofer doesn’t have the proper experience and training, the job may not be done properly. Roofing material manufacturers have begun to recognize that this is a major problem in the roofing industry. As a result, they started a program where contractors could earn certificates through certified training programs. If they could meet the standards of roofing as set forth by the manufacturers, the benefits would follow. The main benefit being enhanced warranty coverage (more on this below).
But why is it so important that a roofing contractor be certified?
There are three main reasons that you want to look for a roofing contractor who is certified.
1. It means they have an educational background and training. The truth is, there are some contractors out there who are not qualified. Many are self-trained and have not gone to school or reached any standard to become a roofer. Now it’s not to say that someone who is self-trained can’t do a great job, but it’s certainly not guaranteed. A certified roofer is someone that you know has had training in the form of a trade school, a course, or some other professional avenue. In return, you can feel confident that they
know what they are doing.
2. They get the job done right. When a roofing contractor is certified, you know that they will get the job done properly. Certified roofers have the experience and background to know how to install roofs and do roof repairs professionally. Whe you go with an uncertified contractor, you never know what you’re going to get. And when repairs aren’t done properly, additional repair bills can add up quickly. Get it right the first time and go with the certified option.
3. Enhanced Warranty Coverage. Contractors that have earned their certification are provided with “enhanced warranty coverage” by roofing manufacturers. When your roofing is installed by one of these contractors, the warranty covers more and lasts for a longer period of time. If you go with an uncertified contractor, warranties are not as good. Furthermore, depending on the warranty, having a roof installed or repaired by an uncertified contractor could lead to it becoming void.
How do you know if your roofing is certified?
It’s simple – just ask for proof! When you hire any roofing contractor, there is a long list of questions that you should ask. The first question should always be “are you certified?” But don’t just ask if they are certified – anyone can tell you that they are. Ask to see proof. Any certified contractor will be more than happy to show you their certification. In the roofing industry, this is looked at like a badge of honor. So if anyone isn’t willing to show you proof, be suspicious and
move onto the next.
In addition to asking for proof of certification, you can also ask who the certification is through. If you want to be sure, you can search certified installers directory on the manufacturers website to confirm. Of course, when it comes to hiring the best roofing contractor, there’s a lot more than just certification that you need to check for. Here are some other questions that you should ask a contractor before you decide to hire:
● Are you insured? All certified roofing companies should have their own insurance coverage. A minimum coverage of $1 000 000 is recommended with a
preferred coverage of at least $2 million. This will help to ensure that you are protected if anything goes wrong on the job.
● Do you offer additional warranties and workmanship coverage? All certified roofers should provide additional coverage to guarantee their work. These should be on top of
the warranties offered by the roofing manufacturing companies.
● What types of roofing materials will you use? A roofing contractor should explain all of the different options of roofing available to you, as well as the pros and cons of each. Will you use roof shingles? Will you use metal roofing? Will you use asphalt roofing? Not all roofing is created equally, so make sure you have a firm understanding of what is being installed and why.
● Will you provide me with a written estimate? All certified roofing contractors should be willing to provide you with a written estimate that outlines the work to be
performed, as well as any work that may have been contracted to another.
● Are you aware of the local building codes? All areas have their own local building codes. Make sure that your roofing contractor is aware of them so that you are not breaking any codes when you build your roof. This is why it’s important to hire a local contractor.
● Can you please provide me with references? Don’t just ask for references – call them. You want to make sure that other people have had good experiences with your contractor before you hire them.
● Do you perform an inspection? Any time a new roof is installed or an old roof is repaired, an inspection should be completed by your roofing contractor. An inspection should check for roofing damage to the deck, attic, chimney, flashing, and so on and so forth. Your roofer should also check to make sure that there is adequate
ventilation in your attic.
In conclusion, any time you hire a professional roofing contractor, you want to make sure that they are properly certified. A certified contractor will not only be able to provide you with a better warranty as provided by the manufacturer, but you can also feel assured that they will provide you with high quality work. Don’t be afraid to ask your contractor for proof of certification. Remember, this is one of the most important aspects of your home so you want to make sure it is built properly.