GAF is the worldwide leader in roofing systems. The company’s products are recognized as a top option to provide decades of protection for homes and businesses. GAF may be North America’s top shingle manufacturer, but behind that ranking is also a proven track record of excellence.
For homeowners selecting GAF as their shingle of choice, another decision looms: which contractor to use to install your new roof. Plenty of competent contractors work in the DMV, but for your roof—an investment you will be counting on for years—you will want something more than simply competent. Ideally, you should hire a GAF Master Elite–qualified roofer. Here are five reasons why you shouldn’t settle for any contractor and should instead choose one fully certified to expertly install GAF systems:
1. Rigorous standards
GAF doesn’t hand out Master Elite certifications like a bank handing out lollipops to kids when their parents use the drive-through. The standards that contractors must meet to become qualified include:
- Full licenses to operate in their respective states
- Adequate insurance, including liability coverage and workers’ compensation insurance
- A proven reputation for providing quality roofing services
- A commitment to ongoing professional training (more on that later)
These standards are just a starting point for roofers to become GAF Master Elite–qualified. Contractors must meet other requirements to earn the certification that ultimately benefits the consumer.
2. Experience with a complete roofing system
GAF is more than just a shingle manufacturer—it offers a complete roofing system, including underlayment, flashing, vents, and gutters. The various components work together to provide maximum protection against the elements. A GAF Master Elite–qualified contractor doesn’t specialize in just shingles or gutters, but, rather, the entire GAF system, thus giving you the confidence that every part of your roof not only has been expertly installed, but also contributes to the overall functionality of the investment.
3. An ongoing commitment to quality
GAF prides itself on its commitment to quality in its products, but that quality can’t shine through without expert installation. After all, a poor job in installing the roof might reflect badly upon the manufacturer instead of the roofer. GAF’s Master Elite–qualified certification ensures that the excellence of its contractors matches the excellence of its products. The aforementioned standards are just a first step of a successful relationship between GAF and its certified roofers. GAF provides Master Elite contractors with extensive training materials and best practices (designed by the company’s best technical efforts) so that they know the systems they are installing—as well as any updates to those systems—inside out.
4. Enhanced warranties
The warranties that GAF offers are already some of the best in the business. Through the Master Elite–qualified program, certified contractors are able to offer special warranties available only to customers of these outstanding roofers. These enhanced warranties eliminate hassles and, more important, worries that something might not be covered. Master Elite–qualified contractors can provide more information on these specialty plans and help you determine which one is best for your home.
5. An elite few
Just three percent of contractors using GAF materials are certified as Master Elite. That statistic shows that GAF doesn’t take this status lightly—only the best of the best are qualified to partner in the manufacturer’s commitment to excellence. If your roof is in need of replacement, and you know you want to go with GAF for your roofing system, tabbing a Master Elite–qualified contractor for the job is the best long-term decision you can make for your home as well as your peace of mind.