Homeowners should always vet contractors before hiring them. A professional contractor should be licensed and credentialed. But what’s the difference between a license and professional credentials?
A license is proof a contractor has passed the exams and met certain criteria to prove competency. Licensing requirements vary from state to state so it’d be a good idea to familiarize yourself with your state’s licensing requirements. In Texas, for instance, specialty contractors like HVAC technicians and plumbers need to apply for a state-level license. General contractors, on the other hand, only need to obtain a license from their local municipality.
Keep in mind that a license only indicates that a contractor has met the bare minimum to practice in the state. That’s why homeowners should also check a contractor’s credentials. Credentials are given to contractors by a reputable body (usually a manufacturer) once they’ve completed training. Whereas licenses simply indicate a contractor has permission from the relevant authorities to practice in a certain area, credentials indicate the level of expertise a contractor has gained through additional training.
CertainTeed®, one of the most trusted names in the roofing industry, has several certifications. For instance, the CertainTeed SELECT ShingleMaster™ credential is given to residential roofers while the Gold Star Contractor credential is for highly qualified commercial roofing contractors. Both certifications are the highest level credentials the manufacturer can give.
What Are the Benefits of Hiring a CertainTeed-Certified Contractor?
What are the benefits of hiring a CertainTeed-certified contractor? Aside from guaranteeing the quality of their work, CertainTeed-certified contractors also offer exclusive warranties. For instance, only a CertainTeed SELECT ShingleMaster contractor can offer customers the SureStart PLUS™ extended warranty, the most extensive warranty offered by CertainTeed. The SureStart Plus extended warranty covers materials, labor, tear-off and disposal as well as wind damage for 50 years after installation.
Punum Roofing of Houston Inc., a CertainTeed SELECT ShingleMaster contractor, offers a wide range of professional roofing services. To get a free estimate, call us at (713) 466-4447, or fill out our form here.