Overview of the Credentials for Caldwell’s Roofing
- GAF Certified Weather Stopper Roofing Contractor
- GAF Authorized Roofing Contractor
- GAF Certified Green Roofer
- GAF Pro-Field Guide Exam Approval
- NRCA Member
The following will serve as a brief introduction as to what each of these credentials means, in practical terms.
This credential has to do with asphalt shingle roofing for (typically) residential roofs with a 2:12 slope or higher (i.e., “steep slope roofs”). It’s for ensuring proper installation of shingles, maintaining safe practices, understanding product compatibility, and so forth. This is the bare minimum for a roofing contractor that is doing residential work and wants to be able to offer an enhanced GAF warranty to the homeowner. This is also the credential that gets you into the GAF system, and allows you to pursue other credentials.
This second certification has to do with roofing systems for low-slope or even “flat-roof” situations. Immediately, images of commercial buildings probably come to your mind, and rightly so; nevertheless, there are often sections of a residential roof that fall to 2:12 or lower in slope (think porches, additions, shed roofs, dead valleys, complex roof facets). It’s therefore important for even your residential roofer to have this credential. The GAF Authorized Roofing Contractor credential means the roofing contractor has a working understanding of roofing systems such as built-up roofs, EPDM, TPO, PVC, and roll-roofing. It also means that he or she has access to professional low-slope roofing literature and expert roofing advice, courtesy of GAF.
The GAF Certified Green Roofer has taken a Sustainability Assessment, and is serious about how he or she can make environmental decisions in the business. Requisite to the program is participation is asphalt shingle recycling (or, a commitment to do so, in areas that don’t yet have a recycling program). Caldwell’s Roofing enjoys recycling their torn-off shingles at recycling facilities across Alabama (there are dozens). But the Green Roofer program delves deeper than just recycling, to look at ideas like cool roofing, attic ventilation, and longevity of a shingle’s lifespan, as being other important green factors.
Caldwell’s Roofing was pleased to pass this thorough roof exam with a 97/100. The exam is a way to ensure that there’s been clear communication between the manufacturer and the roofing installer, as to how to properly install the shingle roof. The exam is multi-faceted, and covers everything from tear-off, to decking inspection, to proper installation methods, to differences in GAF products, to safety, to variations between installing different styles of shingles, to proper roof accessories. The scary thing is, if your roofer doesn’t know or care how to install your roof according to manufacturer’s instructions, then your manufacturer’s warranty becomes automatically null and void!
A final credential for Caldwell’s Roofing is their membership in, and participation with, the NRCA (“National Roofing Contractor’s Association”). This professional roofing organization provides educational materials, safety classes, and expert advice on every aspect of the roofing profession. They are the “go-to guys” for knowing what roofing’s best convention wisdom has to say about any given topic or issue. They are a very helpful group to be a member of, in the dangerous and critical trade of roofing.