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What Does it Take to Become a Master Elite® Roofer

At some point in anyone’s life, there will come a time when you will encounter the term Master Elite® Roofer. It sounds grand and you can sense how reputable a contractor must be to get the title, but what does it really entail? Who are given the privilege of being called one? What does it take to become one?

What Does It Take to Be a GAF Master Elite® Roofer?

All roofers who are serious with their craft strive to be certified by manufacturers who themselves have proven their worth in the industry. Among the companies that are known to produce high quality materials preferred by a lot of consumers is GAF, and many contractors hope to acquire their nod of approval.

To become a GAF Master Elite® Roofer, a contractor must meet these basic qualifications:

  • Fully licensed – A contractor must be licensed by their respective states or province to perform professional roofing work.
  • Adequately insured – A candidate must have 1 million dollars in general liability coverage or be insured as required by the state. They should also have worker safety insurance to ensure the protection of both workers and clients while the job is being performed and completed.
  • Has a proven reputation – Though the requirements under this category are not specified, it generally requires a contractor to have a good workmanship record that can be verified by customer satisfaction testimonials.
  • Has a clean professional and financial background – A contractor with a good or better credit rating and clean banking record and distributor reference are more likely to be approved to gain the Master Elite® title.
  • Has taken one or more GAF training courses and willing to undergo continuous training in the future – Contractors who have served a minimum of seven years in the industry and one year in the GAF’s certified program have a better chance at getting the Master Elite® badge. They should also be committed to undergoing continuous product, installation, and distribution training.

GAF has very strict and stringent standards and because of this, only 3% of roofing contractors in the country qualify for the Master Elite® title. Many roofing contractors find it difficult to achieve even the basic requirements and those who do are still subject to further testing and evaluation.

Territory managers from GAF meet with aspiring contractors and verify all the information the latter have provided. The territory managers also personally check out a contractor’s work and even go as far as talking to the clients themselves.

At this point, you probably already have an idea of how extensive a GAF Master Elite® contractor’s track record is. But is it really worth doing business with them? In the next post, we will further discuss about the advantages of transacting with a GAF Master Elite® roofer.