A roof protects the greatest investment you’ll make in your lifetime. A house without a protective roof is nothing more than four walls waiting to be destroyed. Don’t attempt to save a few dollars by hiring “a guy I know” to make roof repairs without certification.
A properly installed roof is important and the roofing certification is equally important to the longevity of your investment. Without your roof being properly installed and certified, you are opening yourself up to long-term problems that can crop up long after your fly-by-night contractor is gone. Any work you have done from a small patch to a complete re-shingling needs to be certified by a professional contractor.
Repairing or reworking a roof can involve a wide variety of tasks and each of them carries a specialized skill set that can only come with training and experience. Roofing certification takes the doubt out of the equation and makes certain that the contractor you hired will make the correct repairs and that those repairs will stand up over time.
Remember that a roof is a long term system that protects your home and it will have to withstand damaging elements over the course of years, decades, not just days and weeks. A poor roof repair may stop the immediate leak, but could cause damage elsewhere that remains unseen; for now.
Your roof can be different in style and shape from one part of the world to another. Flat roofs with rubberized membranes to Alpine peaks with slate tiles… roofs can be unusual and different but they all carry one thing in common; the materials used to build, repair, and maintain them are only as good as the contractor that installs them.
Many manufacturers require proof of roofing certification before will honor any warranty or damage claim. The best material laid improperly will not protect adequately and unless you have the certification in hand, you may be left with no way to enforce the manufacturer’s guarantee.
More than just concerns over the manufacturer’s warranty, some municipalities also require roofing certification after any major repair work you have done. Getting your roof worked on under the table may save you a few dollars but it could leave you with a legal liability issue in some locations around the country.
In the Midwest’s “tornado alley” and in the south east’s hurricane prone areas, city ordinances and building codes require permits and certification to ensure the quality of the roof repair work will hold up under strong winds and rain, not only to protect you and your home, but also to ensure against catastrophic roof failure that could endanger your neighbors. Besides getting a strong hurricane generator, you can’t go wrong ensuring your roof is in good condition.
Roofing certification matters because it is the only way to make sure the largest protection you have against the elements is installed properly and will hold up when you need it most. Cutting a few corners may save some minor expenses but could cost you some legal fees, repair fees, or worse, your entire home.
Hire a certified contractor that will do the job correctly and stand behind their work. This makes sure you don’t void the manufacturer’s warranty, leave you open to technical legal issues, and won’t leave you dripping wet when the storms come.