It’s time to prepare your home for cold weather. Following these home improvement steps will help make your home cozier and more affordable when the temperatures drop.
Your roof is an important part of your home that plays a vital role through all seasons of the year. Here’s how to tell if it’s time to upgrade to a new roof:
You can’t be too careful when choosing a roofing contractor. At Exterior Source we are proud to be a GAF Master Elite Certified Contractor. This hard-to-obtain certification is awarded to roofing contractors by GAF, the largest manufacturer of commercial and residential roofing in North America. GAF has such high standards for certification that only 3% of all roofing contractors have qualified as Master Elite roofers!
While it sounds impressive, we understand that many homeowners may not realize exactly what the Master Elite certification means. Here’s a quick break-down of what it means for you and why you should look for it in a roofing contractor.
The Master Elite Certification is a badge of quality work, dependability, and great customer service. In order to earn this prestigious certification, a roofing contractor must show the following qualities.
A roofing contractor must be licensed by their state before performing roof work. Licensing ensures that the contractor is held accountable to proper roofing standards. It is possible to hire roofers that are not licensed, but it is a huge risk to take with the most important part of your home! Every Master Elite Certified Contractor has been vetted to ensure they carry the proper licenses per their state’s requirements.
Many insurance companies require licenses before granting insurance coverage. This means an unlicensed contractor more than likely lacks the proper insurance to cover himself in the event of a roofing accident. Without insurance coverage, you could be held liable for any injuries the contractor accrues on your property. Talk about a hassle! A GAF Master Elite Certification indicates that a roofing contractor has taken all the necessary precautions to fully insure himself and his crew in the event that someone were to fall or get hurt on your property.
Have a Proven Reputation
GAF looks for contractors with a proven reputation for providing quality roofing services throughout the community. The reviews of a roofing contractor can tell you a lot about their work ethic, quality of work, and dependability. GAF Master Elite Certification only goes to roofing contractors with the highest reputations in the industry.
Ongoing Professional Training
Like most industries, best practices can change as newer models and products are developed. A GAF Master Elite Certified Contractor is committed to ongoing professional training in order to stay up to date on the latest materials and installation techniques. This investment in ongoing training is a great indication of a contractor’s commitment to quality work.