When it comes to choosing from the right roofing companies in Lexington, KY and surrounding areas, there are several things to consider. You may feel some available contractors are trusted simply because a couple of people you know may have told you so, but your research shouldn’t stop there. To be 100% verifiable, local roofers should also carry as many certifications from the most reputable third parties as possible. In the roofing industry the names Owens Corning, CertainTeed, and GAF are well-known & highly respected throughout the country. But did you know these manufacturers also provide in-depth certification programs? Are you aware that most roofing companies in Lexington, KY and surrounding areas do not hold all of these certifications?
At Lexington Blue we proudly hold certifications from each of the world’s leading shingle providers. We want our customers to feel the utmost piece of mind when choosing us to provide roof repair and roof replacement for their homes. So instead of just one or two, we hold certifications from ALL THREE. We value our customers and want to assure the very best in roofing experiences. But why are these three in particular so important? Why go above and beyond being certified and/or accredited with places like the National Roofing Contractors Association, the Kentucky Contractors Association, the Building Industry Association of Central Kentucky and the Blue Grass Claims Association? Why not just leave it with being Licensed, Bonded and Insured? Why not stop at BBB Accreditation with the A+ rating? Well…?
Being An Owens Corning Preferred Contractor
Owens Corning, founded in 1938, has been the top shingle and roofing material supplier for many years, and remains one of the most prestigious companies in the roofing industry. Backed by a legacy of continued innovation and high quality products, Owens Corning’s great reputation is undisputed. So for such a company to offer certifications to roofers, it’s not only an honor, it’s become a requirement in the roofing industry.
For a roofing contractor to attain an Owens Corning Preferred Contractor Certification they must meet certain requirements as they take their representatives validity very seriously. First, the contractor must be licensed. Trusting a roofer without a license is like trusting an Uber driver without one – you may or may not reach your destination safely. Secondly, they must carry general liability insurance and workers’ compensation coverage. This protects the homeowner from being liable in the event someone is hurt on their property; an absolute necessity. On top of this, OC requires it’s Preferred Contractors to have at least 2 years experience. This will ensure anyone with this certification is equipped to handle the work. While the company provides experience to the list of credentials, OC provides training modules that are specific to roof installation using their products. And to round it out, as the certified roofing contractor, you are given the ability to upgrade the service to a higher level of warranty for the life of the roof for each homeowner.
As you can see, an Owens Corning Preferred Contractor certification holds any roofing company to high standard, and verifies their work on every necessary level.
Being A GAF Weather Stopper Roofing Contractor
GAF is another widely known and well-respected roofing material provider for residential and commercial applications, who’s history dates back to 1886. With that kind of experience, you can rest assured you are getting high quality products. So it’s fitting that they moved into educating those in the industry. GAF’s Certified Weather Stopper® Roofing Contractor program is a steep-slope program that, first, screens residential roofers, and subsequently trains them. With just 6% of roofing contractors in this program, you can see why it can set them apart from the industry. Many roofers aren’t willing to go through the program, and ultimately what you want is for your roof to be installed the way the manufacturer intended and warrantied it.
To attain this certification, roofing contractors must learn about the process of shingle manufacturing by touring live manufacturing plants in action, which helps roofers to better understand the products they’re installing. They will also be trained in GAF’s Pro Field Guides, from which they’ll have to pass the corresponding exams. Not only are contractors tested, they then have access to more training materials for roofing workers, such as GAF’s “CARE” program, which provides live job training.
Yet another Certification held by Lexington Blue that sets them apart from other roofing companies in Lexington, KY, and Central Kentucky.
Being A CertainTeed SELECT ShingleMaster
Established in 1904, and now operating 65 manufacturing plants in the US and Canada, CertainTeed may be last mentioned in this article, but is “certainly” not the least important of the bunch. With over 100 years of experience developing top notch roofing materials, the company’s slogan definitely fits the mold – “Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed”. With this kind of standard being upheld for over a century, you can trust and believe that the certification training offered to roofing contractors is of an elite status.
In order to receive the SELECT ShingleMaster Certification, a roofer must pass the Master Shingle Applicator test as well as employ at least one Shingle Quality Specialist. The roofer will also need to prove that they have worker’s compensation and liability insurance, and have five years in business. Their strict qualifications ensure the roofing company has the proper knowledge and dedication necessary to provide reliable, five-star service every time.
From the trust and guarantee, to the reliability of products with bonus warranties, these highly touted certifications put roofing contractors in Lexington, KY and surrounding counties in an elite category. To hold all three simultaneously brings the roofer to a level of guaranteed quality work that very few can rival. Make sure you choose a local contractor that can meet this standard.