We are a CertainTeed Contractor which means KHR Home Remodeling is a recognized and licensed 5-star contractor. They assure customers that KHR’s installation teams are properly trained on installation processes to avoid rot, leaks, and termite infestations. However, this is why it’s crucial you pick a quality siding contracting company, such as KHR Home Remodeling.
Installing an effective roofing system is an important investment—one that is not to be approached half-heartedly, as quality roofing solutions are designed to last a long time. Excellence in manufacturing of roofing materials is crucial, and how well the installation is performed plays an equally important role in the durability and efficiency of an applied roofing system.
With this in mind, it is easy to understand the significant role of a quality contractor in the roofing process. So we ask – what defines a quality contractor? In this write-up, we examine this question under a number of sub-themes:
- Understanding Roofing Contractors
- Licensing and Credentialing
- What is a Credentialed Contractor?
- Why Choose a Credentialed Contractor?
- Finding and Verifying a Credentialed Contractor
CertainTeed Contractor Roofing
In simple terms, the term “roofing contractor” is a designation that is given to a professional who oversees or executes a roofing project. The roofing project may be either residential or commercial.
A roofing contractor is like an auto mechanic, in that they each provide an important service that the average person knows little about and cannot fully see or evaluate the quality of service delivered. This is why it can be difficult to assess the expertise and qualification of a roofing contractor superficially. This is where credentials come in…
CertainTeed Contractor Licensing and Credentialing
It is easy for the average person to get confused when trying to understand the difference between a roofing contractor having a license or having a credential. In practice, roofing contractors can be both licensed and credentialed, but licensing and credentialing are not synonymous:
Licensing refers to the process of obtaining permission from relevant authorities to practice or undertake projects within a geographic area, usually a township, county or state.
Credentialing refers to obtaining credentials or certificates from reputable issuing bodies (often manufacturers). These credentials/certificates are given to roofing contractors or companies following successful completion of specialized training courses or programs. Credentialing is a statement that attests to the knowledge and expertise of a roofing contractor or company.
To speak simply, licensing signifies “permission,” and credentialing represents “competency.”
What is a Credentialed Roofing Contractor?
Following the description of credentialing and what it implies, a credentialed roofing contractor is a roofing contractor with one or more credentials or certificates.
Issuing bodies that confer these credentials on roofing contractors are primarily manufacturers—for example, the Gold Star Contractor Credentialissued by CertainTeed is given to top notch commercial roofing companies, whereas the CertainTeed SELECT ShingleMaster Credential is for companies that specialize in residential roofing.
Other credential-issuing bodies include roofers’ association-affiliated institutions offering programs in specific areas—for example the Certified Solar Roofing Professional™ (CSRP) certification program administrated by Roof Integrated Solar Energy™ (RISE) Inc., in affiliation with National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and the Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing.
These credentials speak for the company as being qualified to carry out an efficient roofing installation—thereby erasing the difficulty in assessing the expertise and qualification of roofing contractors.
Due to the variety of credentials available, it is possible for a roofing contractor to possess certain credentials and not have others. In fact, it is commonplace for a roofing contractor to not have all the credentials currently available.
What this implies is that while choosing a roofing material to be used, it is important to inquire and note if there are related training programs which issue credentials for the given roofing material. Should there be any such programs, it is recommended that you identify roofing contractors who possess the necessary credentials to carry out your roofing project.
Popular credentials available include: