Roofing Certifications Explained
One of the many factors you should consider when researching roofing companies is whether or not they are certified. Certifications come from manufacturers and can be thought of as a ‘seal of approval’ indicating that the roofing company is reputable and will provide quality service. Manufacturers of shingles want their product to be installed in a manner that will look good, weather good, and make customers happy. Moreover, given that shingle manufacturers have warranties on their product, they want their shingles to be installed correctly by the contractor so they are not constantly paying out warranty claims due to faulty installation. To these aims, manufacturers offer certifications to roofing companies that meet several different criteria. Essentially, they are doing the research on contractors for you and making it easy for you to quickly identify reputable companies.
What kind of criteria must a roofing company meet in order to be ‘certified’?
While the criteria differ from manufacturer to manufacturer (examples including Owens Corning, GAF, IKO, and CertainTeed), most require some variation of the following:
- A proper contractor license
- Full insurance coverage to protect customers
- Passing grades on inspections for installation workmanship
- Good standing with the Better Business Bureau
- Commitment to ongoing training
Look for certification seals on roofing contractor’s website or ask the contractor to see their certifications. Choosing a certified contractor can help you rest assured that you are making a sound decision in regard to your roof replacement.