When it comes to selecting a roofing contractor, homeowners want assurance that they are working with a reputable and skilled professional. One way to gauge the expertise and quality of a roofing company is through certifications.
Among the most recognized and respected certification programs in the roofing industry comes from one of the most respected companies, GAF.
As a GAF Master Elite residential roofing contractor, we get asked all the time about what that means, and how exactly we came to hold such a certification. That’s great! It means that people are curious about the roofing industry, and it’s certainly something that we are proud of, so we don’t mind sharing. In this blog, we will delve into
- A brief history of GAF
- The levels of certification
- Master Elite
- President’s Club
- The shingles that GAF offers
Alright, lets jump into it!
1. A BRIEF HISTORY OF GAF:
Before we dive into the levels of GAF certification, let’s take a moment to appreciate the company’s history. Founded in 1886, GAF, which stands for General Aniline & Film, started as a manufacturer of photographic products. Over the years, GAF expanded its horizons and ventured into various industries, including roofing. Today, GAF is a leading roofing materials manufacturer and provider of roofing certifications. Their commitment to innovation and quality has earned them a stellar reputation in the industry.
GAF’s reach extends across North America, serving homeowners and roofing professionals from coast to coast. Their products and certifications are available in multiple states, ensuring that homeowners have access to top-quality roofing solutions, regardless of their location.
Throughout its long-standing history, GAF has introduced a range of roofing products known for their durability and performance. From traditional asphalt shingles to advanced roofing systems, GAF has consistently delivered reliable solutions that meet the diverse needs of homeowners. This commitment to quality sets the foundation for the various levels of GAF certification.
2. LEVELS OF CERTIFICATION:
GAF offers several levels of certification for roofing contractors, each signifying different levels of expertise and qualifications. Let’s explore these certifications in detail:
The Authorized certification is the entry-level certification offered by GAF. Roofing contractors with this certification have met the minimum requirements set by GAF and are authorized to install GAF roofing systems. While contractors with this certification have demonstrated their commitment to quality workmanship, it is important for homeowners to understand that it represents the first step in the GAF certification ladder.
When working with an Authorized contractor, homeowners can benefit from the GAF System Plus Limited Warranty. This warranty provides coverage for the entire GAF roofing system, including materials and workmanship, offering peace of mind to homeowners.
To attain the Authorized certification, contractors must meet GAF’s criteria, which may include a minimum number of years in business, a satisfactory record with the Better Business Bureau, and ongoing training to stay updated with the latest roofing techniques and industry standards.
The Certified certification signifies a higher level of expertise and experience. Contractors with the Certified certification have demonstrated a proven track record of quality work and professionalism. Homeowners can trust Certified contractors to deliver superior craftsmanship and an exceptional roofing experience.
Working with a Certified contractor opens the door to the GAF Golden Pledge Limited Warranty. This warranty provides homeowners with additional coverage, including a 50-year material warranty and a 25-year workmanship warranty. This comprehensive warranty offers homeowners long-term protection and reinforces the quality of the roofing system installed by a Certified contractor.
To achieve the Certified certification, contractors must meet strict criteria set by GAF, including a satisfactory track record, ongoing professional training, and a commitment to using GAF roofing products exclusively. GAF ensures that only highly skilled and reputable contractors earn this certification.
5. MASTER ELITE:
The Master Elite certification is the most prestigious level of certification offered by GAF. This certification is granted to a select group of contractors who have consistently demonstrated exceptional skills, knowledge, and customer service. Homeowners who choose a Master Elite contractor can expect the highest level of expertise and professionalism.
Opting for a Master Elite contractor entitles homeowners to the GAF Golden Pledge Plus Limited Warranty. This warranty offers unparalleled coverage, including a 50-year material warranty and a 25-year workmanship warranty, with the additional benefit of a 40-point factory inspection of the completed roof.
The Golden Pledge Plus warranty provides homeowners with ultimate peace of mind, ensuring that their investment is protected for decades to come.
To attain the Master Elite certification, contractors must meet stringent requirements established by GAF. These requirements include a proven track record of excellence, a commitment to ongoing professional training, a high level of customer satisfaction, and compliance with GAF’s strict standards. Only the top 2% of roofing contractors in North America have achieved this elite status.
6. PRESIDENT’S CLUB:
The President’s Club is an exclusive recognition program within the Master Elite certification. It represents the highest level of achievement for GAF contractors. Contractors in the President’s Club have consistently demonstrated excellence in all aspects of their roofing business, from craftsmanship to customer service.
When homeowners choose a President’s Club contractor, they have access to the GAF Golden Pledge Plus Limited Warranty, providing the same exceptional coverage as the Master Elite certification.
To earn the prestigious President’s Club recognition, Master Elite contractors must continue to meet and exceed GAF’s stringent requirements. These contractors have established themselves as industry leaders and exemplify the utmost professionalism and expertise.
7. GAF SHINGLES:
While GAF certifications focus on the expertise and qualifications of contractors, it’s important to mention the durability and performance of GAF shingles. GAF has built a reputation for manufacturing high-quality roofing materials designed to withstand the elements and provide long-lasting protection. From their traditional three-tab shingles to their innovative architectural shingles, GAF offers a range of options that combine aesthetic appeal with superior durability.
GAF certifications provide homeowners with a valuable tool to identify roofing contractors with a proven track record of excellence and professionalism.
By understanding the different levels of certification and associated warranties, homeowners can make informed decisions when selecting a contractor for their roofing project. Whether it’s the Authorized, Certified, Master Elite, or President’s Club certification, each level represents a commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. By choosing a GAF-certified contractor, homeowners can embark on their roofing journey with confidence, knowing that their investment is in capable hands.
On Tops Roofing is a GAF Master Elite roofing contractor in Raleigh, North Carolina. With over 30 years of experience, we’ve got the knowledge to deal with all kinds of roofing problems, and the credentials to back it up! Whatever your roof requires, We’re on it!