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Choosing the right roofer for a residential roofing job is arguably the single most important decision a homeowner can make. More than two thirds of all problems experienced with a new roof are related to poor or improper installation, costing homeowners thousands of dollars and plenty of frustration. In the quest for a certified and trusted Raleigh roofing contractor, homeowners can look for a few telltale signs that a roofer is reliable and knowledgeable.

In many cases, a roofer search can begin with browsing through a list of state licensed roofing contractors. For many consumers in states like North Carolina, however, roofers are not licensed, so the decision process is more complex. In these instances, homeowners should look for other quality indicators like training, industry awards and certifications, a proven local track record and an established community presence.

Because proper installation is so critical to the durability and strength of a roofing system, most major roof manufacturers provide training and special recognition for superior roofers. North America's largest roof manufacturer, GAF, certifies the very best roofers with a GAF Master Elite designation.

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Only the top 3 percent of all roofers earn this credential, and they must show that they carry adequate insurance, have a well documented reputation for quality and be dedicated to continuing education.

Another hallmark of a well qualified roofer is a willingness to stand by the workmanship, either through a warranty or some other satisfaction guarantee. Through roof manufacturer credentials like GAF Master Elite, top notch roofers earn the right to offer special premium warranties to homeowners. One of the most coveted premium warranties is GAF's Golden Pledge Warranty that covers both material defects and workmanship issues.

An experienced roofer has built a strong reputation and is usually proud to offer recommendations from satisfied customers and committed to sustaining the local community. These traits are demonstrated by a strong portfolio of past roofing jobs and involvement in a variety of community and industry organizations. Many of these quality roofers also make a concerted effort to recycle old roofing materials at local recycling companies and adhere to the best roofing practices.

Finally, reputable roofers often garner the attention of industry groups and roof manufacturers. As a result, roofing contractors who have earned special roofing awards, are also a good bet for homeowners. For instance, GAF offers Master Elite excellence awards in installation, training and consumer protection, so a roofer bearing any or all of these awards is sure to be an experienced, quality roofer.

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