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Chesapeake Roofers: Article About Roofing Certificates Explained

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After a major disaster like a hurricane or snow storm, homeowners are swamped with offers from contractors offering to repair or replace their roofs. Saying, "yes," to the first person who rings the doorbell might be tempting, especially when they offer to take the stress of dealing with the insurance company off your hands or pay the deductible.

Repairing or retrofitting a roof is a major investment and far too important to be left in the hands of someone who may not know the difference between a gambrel and a gable, or who doesn't know that paying the deductible for a homeowner is against the law.

Manufacturers of roofing materials take the guesswork out of hiring a roofing contractor by performing background checks, providing certified roofers with extensive educational materials, or even authorizing them to offer enhanced warranties like the Golden Pledge. Roofing manufacturers can also match up homeowners with certified Chesapeake roofers.

One of the best-known roofing certifications is the GAF Master Elite. Founded in 1886, GAF is the largest manufacturer of roofing materials in the United States and Canada.

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A company that big and that well-established is not going to risk its reputation by backing anyone but the best contractors to install their products.

In order to qualify for this certification, contractors must be adequately insured, have a proven reputation for providing high-quality roofing services in the local community, and make a commitment to ongoing professional training. In states, including Virginia, where licensing is available, contractors must also possess a license in order to become certified as a GAF Master Elite contractor.

CertainTeed is another North American manufacturer of building materials, including roofing. It, too, issues a certificate to roofing contractors it deems eligible.

Another credential worth looking for is the Angie's List Super Service Award. Angie's List is a review site for professionals and service companies in more than 700 categories, including roofing. What makes it better than free review sites is that all reviews are checked to make sure that glowing reviews have not been posted by the company itself and bad reviews have not been posted by the competition.

Angie's List Super Service Award recognizes those professionals who consistently maintain superior reviews and service ratings on the list. Winners of the award are permitted to use a special Super Service Logo on their advertising material.

With this type of information available, the homeowner need never feel pressured into engaging a shady roofing contractor.

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