Most homeowners in northern NJ do not need roofing and siding services all that often. When they do, it’s sometimes difficult to think of the right questions to ask as they’re vetting contractors.

Questions to Ask

Here are four important questions to ask as you search for a local, reputable contractor. These questions focus on important things like factory certifications, insurance and warranties. They also focus on a contractor’s product knowledge and design assistance abilities.

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1. What recommendations can you make regarding the right brands and materials for my home?

A roofing and siding contractor in NJ must give you unbiased recommendations about the right brands and materials for your home. Therefore, your best bet is a contractor that works with various manufacturers. Homeowners feel reassured learning about top roofing and siding products from leading manufacturers.

Every home has different siding and roofing needs. A contractor needs to be well-versed about various roofing and siding materials. Every part of a roof system is important. You need the right shingles, underlayment, sheathing, flashing and vents for your situation.

A contractor must know how to address specific problems. A homeowner with ice damming on the roof will want to learn about special ice and water barriers. One who has dealt with dark streaking on the roof will want to know more about algae protection.

Likewise, your exterior walls need the right combination of siding, housewrap and insulation. A knowledgeable contractor describes the advantages of different siding materials. Vinyl, fiber cement and composite siding have different characteristics. A capable local contractor knows how to design a wall system with good drainage and insulating properties.

More advanced products hit the market all the time. A NJ homeowner wants to know a contractor has advanced knowledge of the latest products and industry developments.

2. What kinds of certifications does your business hold?

Factory certification of roofing and siding contractors in NJ is important. Factory certification by leading companies like GAF and Owens Corning demonstrates trust. Why? Manufacturers only offer their best warranties when a certified contractor does the work. When a manufacturer backs a new roof for decades, it needs to know that installation was up to spec. A factory-certified contractor must rely on experienced, well-trained and safety-conscious workers.

For many of those who live in places like Bergen County, Passaic County and Essex County, there is no greater investment than their home. Homeowners want professional work that’s code-compliant and up to spec. Northern NJ homeowners deserve nothing less.


3. What kind of warranty and insurance does your business provide?

This question relates to the previous one. A factory-certified contractor is well-positioned to offer the best warranties a manufacturer has. For example, the Owens Corning Platinum Protection Warranty includes a “Tru-Protection” period. This special warranty period lasts 50 years. The company provides coverage for both labor and materials during that time. The GAF Golden Pledge Warranty also includes special features. Homeowners get full coverage on a complete roofing system for 50 years.

According to NJ law, every home improvement contractor must have commercial liability insurance. The NJ HIC Registration Act requires at least $500,000 worth of coverage. Unfortunately, this amount is not always adequate in every situation. In an extreme case, a claim might exceed the amount of insurance. In such a scenario, your homeowner’s policy could even come into play. It’s ideal to look for an established local contractor who has more insurance than the minimum. NJ law also requires that your contractor have proper workers’ compensation insurance.

4. What help can you offer in matching match products with my home’s architectural style and my personal preferences?

From time to time, we all notice NJ homes where something’s off. Colors or textures don’t harmonize. Architectural elements are inconsistent. Perhaps there’s older siding or roofing that is not aging well.

Your contractor should do more than install building products. The company should have local knowledge and expertise to recommend the right products. A good contractor understands how important this is. A reputable, local company understands that its reputation depends on long-term customer satisfaction.

You want to work with a team that knows the latest roofing and siding materials inside and out. The contractor should be busy enough in your area to understand local trends.

A capable roofing and siding contractor in NJ helps a homeowner identify the perfect building products for his/her situation. They are consistent with the architectural style of the home and the personal preferences of the home’s owner.

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Contact CRS Today

CRS is a home improvement contractor offering roofing, siding, window and power washing services. Since 1977, we’ve served thousands of northern NJ homeowners. Perhaps you’ve seen our vehicles around town. Much of our business comes via referral from satisfied repeat clients.

We have the knowledge and expertise to match the right roofing and siding products with your home’s architectural style. Thanks to factory certifications from Owens Corning and GAF, we offer some of the best warranties in the business. CRS is a roofing and siding contractor in NJ with many times the minimum liability insurance amount.

We’d welcome the opportunity to learn more about your needs. Please contact us today for prompt, professional and friendly help.


Dean Logan

About Dean Logan

Since he was 10 years old, Dean has been part of the family roofing business. After graduating from Ramapo College Dean joined CRS to continue his journey in the roofing industry. Today Dean is responsible for handling all aspects of the business with his primary focus on business development.