Not all roofers are the same. We’re not just talking about the difference between professional roofers and storm-chasing roofers that sweep in to take advantage of desperate homeowners. We’re talking about the difference in product and installation quality as influenced by ongoing training and product certifications.
This is how Oxford Dictionary defines “certified” – officially recognized as possessing certain qualifications or meeting certain standards.
As a homeowner, you always want roofers (any contractors, for that matter) that meet or exceed industry standards. You want roofers that receive ongoing training and product or service certifications. It means they care about doing the job right. It means when your roof needs repair or replacement, you can be confident that your roofers have the knowledge, skill and experience to take care of every detail, from low slope to steep slope roofs, to understanding new energy standards. It even means smaller details will be handled properly, like caring for your landscaping, cleaning up after the job and using the right tools and hardware.
What’s Required vs. What’s Desired
In the state of Texas, there is no such thing as a license for roofing like there is for plumbing, electric, etc. Any “Chuck in a truck” with a ladder can call themselves a roofer and perform work with zero experience doing so. Since roofing is a highly skilled trade and your roof is such a critical component of your home, this is a bit surprising and something you should be aware of.
Every homeowner should make sure they’re working with a roofer who can prove that the crew members that are performing the roof repairs or replacements are certified, local, trustworthy and competent.
One way to do this is to look for a contractor like Jenkins Roofing who has many years of verifiable customer feedback and a Master Elite Certification from a reputable roofing manufacturer that will cover for installation errors as well as material failure. This certification is only awarded to a small percentage of roofing contractors who meet rigorous standards of excellence in their workmanship, ongoing training, business practices, background checks, and proof of adequate liability insurance.
Another way is to ask to drive by and check out a job that they are doing soon to see the process and get a feel for how well the team works together. We would suggest 1-2pm in the afternoon. You can also make sure the contractor is likely doing the right things by their customer is to check and see if the contractor is registered with the local North Texas Roofing Contractors Association (www.ntrca.com) and the Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.org) and has preferably been in business for over 10 years in the metroplex with a brick-and-mortar facility where business operations take place.
Jenkins Roofers are Tenured, Trained and Certified
Jenkins Roofing and Construction was founded more than 55 years ago on the idea of always doing things right. To keep up that standard, we’re always looking for ways to do things better.
- SAME EXPERT CREW ON EVERY JOB – We don’t bring in outside roofers that may or may not be certified installers. Every Jenkins Roofing installer that works on your home has passed extensive field guide testing and gone through the proper safety and installation training required to meet our high standards. We also focus training on clean up!
- GAF CARE TRAINING – We participate in the GAF CARE training and certification program. They provide ongoing education and training in english and spanish that keeps our experts on top of new developments, tools and solutions, which allows us to pass these new products and services onto our customers.
- BEST WARRANTY IN TEXAS – We offer our own warranty, along with the GAF Golden Pledge warranty – the best roofing warranty in Texas. Our GAF Master Elite certification makes that possible.
- FREE INSPECTIONS OFFERED – We offer a free and thorough roof inspection so you can see for yourself. Your inspection will be conducted by one of our licensed, well-trained, certified roofing experts. Your inspector is also trained, by the way, in communicating any roofing issues – and possible solutions – clearly, succinctly and politely.
To arrange your free roof inspection – or to get answers to any questions – just call (817) 886-6710.