Visit any car lot and it’s pretty easy to distinguish between the quality vehicles and the others. However, from the ground, many roofs look a lot like the next one. It’s not all that easy to determine the quality of residential roofing in NJ.
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 too soon. Flashing that’s not installed right might cause leaks. Misplaced fasteners might not secure shingles in a bad windstorm.
Let’s take a look at what’s at stake when you choose a roofing service in New Jersey.
Local & Ready to Stand Behind the Work
A local, reputable, experienced roofing contractor is there for you year after year. You can call on them when you suspect roof damage after a windstorm. You can count them as an ally if you ever need to file an insurance claim. If a warranty issue ever arises, you can count on your local roofer to assess the situation. You can look to them to provide periodic roof inspections that catch small problems before they become big ones.
Sometimes there’s community-wide damage following a severe storm. Out-of-town contractors sometimes swoop in and prey on unsuspecting homeowners in need of roof repair. Then, years later, they’re not around when lower-quality materials or slipshod workmanship cause leaks. Undetected leaks may damage the sub-roofing or even the framing. Gravity may lead water all the way to attic insulation and interior drywall. 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.
Value of Professional Expertise
It’s best to choose a local NJ roofing service with the roofing knowledge that comes from years of experience. You want a roofer who has “seen it all.” No two New Jersey roofs are alike. Every roof varies by age, architecture and orientation.
If your roof has ongoing issues, you want to work with a roofing contractor who can find the right solutions. Some NJ homeowners face chronic roofing challenges. The right roofer brings expert problem-solving skills to the situation. The right roofer may be able to solve your problem once and for all.
You also want a local roofing contractor familiar with New Jersey’s weather extremes. For example, ice dams are often a problem in New Jersey. A knowledgeable contractor helps you understand how an ice and water barrier delivers vital protection. A local contractor 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. Wind and poorly installed shingles don’t mix. It’s important to have experienced, disciplined installers on the job. They must use the right number of fasteners with each and every shingle. Also, the fasteners must be properly positioned within the shingle’s reinforced nailing strip.
Top roofing manufacturers certify a select group of contractors as preferred installers. Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractors are among the best in the business. The same is true for GAF Master Elite Contractors. Roofing manufacturers have stringent requirements for contractors to retain their factory-certified status. Manufacturers understand that the actions of their certified installers impact their reputations as well. Therefore, factory-certified contractors must continue their education so they are aware of the latest developments in the industry. They must also maintain high levels of customer satisfaction.
The bottom line is this. You want the peace-of-mind that comes with years of trouble-free service. You want the work backed up by an industry-leading manufacturer’s warranty. Working with a factory-certified contractor gives homeowners greater peace-of-mind.
Access to Top Warranties
A roofing company certified by a big manufacturer like Owens Corning or GAF is authorized to offer top warranties that others 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. The Golden Pledge Warranty 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. A prospective buyer may even factor it into their offer to purchase.
Maintain Property Values
When the time comes to invest in a new roof, it’s helpful to know that there’s often a decent “return on investment” (ROI). That is, some of what you invest in a new roof may come back to you in the form of energy savings or a higher selling price. Every year, Remodeling Magazine calculates the ROI of various home improvements. Its 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.
Contact Us Today
The team at CRS would welcome the opportunity to serve you. We’ve served 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 window replacement services. We even offer power washing! For prompt, friendly and professional help, please contact us today!