GAF is the largest manufacturer of roofing materials in North America. But its size doesn’t come at the expense of quality—GAF’s shingles have received the highest rating by homebuilders for nine of the past 11 years. The company brings more than 130 years of excellence to homes and businesses in the United States and Canada.
As part of its philosophy of excellence, GAF operates its Master Elite Roofing program. Contractors must follow rigorous requirements to earn Master Elite Roofing certification and be committed to ongoing professional training. Only three percent of GAF contractors are factory-certified through this program, but this selectivity is worth it: 93 percent of property owners would recommend a GAF Master Elite Roofing contractor to others.
BRAX Roofing is proud to be certified by GAF as a Master Elite Roofing contractor. We hear plenty of questions about GAF roofs and what we bring to the table as a factory-certified contractor. Here are answers to six of those common questions:
1. What is the difference between a roof and a complete roofing system?
Materials from many different manufacturers might be combined to create your roof. The shingles could be from one company, the underlayment from another, the flashing from yet another, and so on. These disparate materials might work well together…or they might not. A complete GAF roofing system uses quality materials from one manufacturer to create a roof in which components are designed to complement each other. Shingles, underlayment, roof vents, flashing, leak barriers, cap and hip shingles, and even gutters work in lockstep to provide decades of protection for your home.
2. Why GAF?
As already stated, GAF brings more than a century of quality to residential and commercial roofs. The Master Elite Roofing program is just one way that GAF puts customers first. GAF may be the biggest name in the shingle business, but the advanced quality of its products is truly what makes it the industry leader. With GAF materials, our goal of providing outstanding service becomes a little easier.
3. What does your Master Elite Roofing certification mean exactly?
It means that we have met GAF’s vigorous standards to be recognized as one of the top contractors trusted to install its products. These requirements include:
- Being fully licensed by the state (in our case, Maryland) to perform roofing work
- Adequate insurance for the consumer’s protection
- A proven reputation of providing quality services throughout the community
- Ongoing professional training to ensure quality installation
4. How long will my GAF roof last?
With expert installation and proper maintenance, a GAF shingle roof can easily last 30 years or longer. That is literally decades of confidence that your roof will protect your home through thick and thin.
5. What kind of warranty is available for my roof?
GAF warranties are the best in the business for a reason: The company stands by its workmanship and the quality of its Master Elite Roofing contractors. Standard shingle warranties protect against manufacturing defects, and most of GAF’s shingles come with lifetime coverage on that front. When installing a complete GAF roofing system, the other components also carry a lifetime limited warranty. Moreover, a roof installed by a Master Elite Roofing contractor provides additional warranty protection to help cover rare workmanship errors. Certified roofers also are able to offer plans that go beyond GAF’s impressive standard coverage, thus giving homeowners a peace-of-mind option that if something—just about anything—goes wrong with their roof over the years, it will be taken care of.
6. How do I maintain and protect my roof?
The best advice we can give to maintain your roof for the long haul is to let us periodically inspect it to ensure everything looks good atop your house, as well as tab us for any repairs that must be made. In between inspections, do what you can to keep your roof and gutters free of leaves, branches, and other debris, as well as to clean off any mold or mildew that might be accumulating. Of course, take extra care any time you climb a ladder to look at your roof and avoid walking on your roof whenever possible. And if you ever suspect a problem with your roof that is beyond your ability, don’t hesitate to call us for help.
What questions do you have for a GAF Master Elite Roofing contractor?