When it comes to roofing, looks can be deceiving. While one new roof might do its job for decades, another might show signs of early deterioration. Substandard shingles might lose their granules, flashing that’s not installed correctly can cause leaks, and misplaced fasteners could leave your shingles at risk in a bad windstorm. Your roof installation needs to have a visually appealing result and be done right so that it will last you for years to come.
Let’s take a look at what’s at stake when you choose a roofing contractor in New Jersey.
A local, reputable, experienced roofing contractor is there for you year after year. You can count on them to assess damage after a storm, to be an ally to you if an insurance claim needs to be filed, and to help you decide if and when to use your warranty. They can also help with more regular occurrences, such as periodic roof inspections that catch minor problems before they become big ones.
After a severe storm, community-wide damage can attract out-of-town contractors who swoop in and prey on unsuspecting homeowners. Years later, those contractors are not around to help fix leaks or further weather-related damage. When the long-term integrity of your home’s structure is at stake, it’s often better to work with a local company you can trust.
No two New Jersey roofs are alike, as every roof varies by age, architecture and orientation. It’s best to choose a local NJ roofing contractor with the expertise and knowledge from years of experience.
If your roof has ongoing issues, you want to work with a contractor who can find the right solutions. Some NJ homeowners face chronic roofing challenges, but the right roofer brings expert problem-solving skills to the situation and may be able to solve your problems once and for all.
You also want a contractor familiar with New Jersey’s weather extremes. A knowledgeable contractor helps you understand how an ice and water barrier delivers vital protection and understands how important it is to use shingles with a high wind rating. Proper installation is just as important as the quality of the shingles, as wind and poorly installed shingles don’t mix. It’s crucial to have experienced, disciplined installers who pay attention to the details, such as using the correct number of fasteners on each shingle and positioning them correctly.
Top roofing manufacturers certify a select group of contractors as preferred installers. Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractors and GAF Master Elite Contractors are among the best in the business. Roofing manufacturers have stringent requirements for contractors to retain their factory-certified status because they understand that the actions of their certified installers also impact their reputations. Therefore, factory-certified contractors must continue their education to be aware of the latest developments in the industry and maintain high levels of customer satisfaction.
A roofing contractor certified by a prominent manufacturer like Owens Corning or GAF is authorized to offer top warranties that other contractors cannot. For example, GAF’s Golden Pledge Warranty offers lifetime materials and labor coverage. The manufacturer also covers workmanship issues for up to 30 years and is transferable to the next owner. The Platinum Protection Warranty from Owens Corning offers similar benefits. Just as an excellent warranty gives you peace of mind, it does the same for the next homebuyer. A quality roof warranty that transfers to the next owner is a great selling point, so much so that a prospective buyer may even factor it into their offer to purchase.
When it comes time to invest in a new roof, it’s helpful to know that there’s often a decent “return on investment” (ROI). Some of what you invest in a new roof may result in energy savings or a higher selling price. Every year, Remodeling Magazine calculates the ROI of various home improvements. It’s Cost Vs. Value Report estimates that a homeowner recovers an average of 65.9 percent of the cost of a roof replacement at resale. For the best ROI, go with high-quality roofing materials installed by a factory-certified roofer.
The team at CRS would welcome the opportunity to serve you with the same level of customer service we’ve given thousands of other NJ homeowners since 1977. We are local, experienced and factory-certified. We are a GAF Master Elite Contractor and an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor.
CRS is a full-service company offering complete roofing, siding, and more. For prompt, friendly and professional help, please contact us today!