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Why you NEED a Manufacturer Certified Roofing Contractor

Posted by Northface Construction  - Owner & Founder

There are a lot of contractors in Elk River and the surrounding Minneapolis market that contract roofing for residential projects. With so many options in the market, how can you be sure you are choosing the best contractor to suit YOUR needs? When searching for the right roofing contractor it is a good idea to review their online reviews, their references, look at past work, make sure they have insurance, proper tools, can be on schedule and many other things. Overall, there are many variables that come into play when choosing the right roofing contractor for you in the Minneapolis market. The one that is not stressed enough comes after the job is done, how good is your warranty?

In most cases in residential roofing there are two types of warranties, a labor warranty and a manufacturers warranty. A labor warranty in the state of Minnesota is required by law for roofing contractors. In Minnesota, This labor warranty covers any defect of installation that may cause issues at a later date and other installation issues that could come about. As long as you are using a reputable contractor that has an established warranty outline you should be covered if any workmanship issues arise. The manufacturers warranty is the part of the roof that is not fully understood by the majority of homeowners.

Manufacturers warranties cover the actual roofing material and its ability to satisfy it’s purpose of giving you the guaranteed usability. In the current roofing market, many people will refer to an architectural style shingle as a “Lifetime” shingle. This is because, what was previously known as a 30 year shingle, has been upgraded to what is known as “Lifetime”. In the definitions of most manufacturers a “Lifetime” is 50 years. This is a good thing for homeowners in the aspect that they get 50 years of coverage on the useful life of their shingle. However, most of these warranties are limited warranties and depreciate after 5-10 years. Not only is the value of the roof depreciated, but usually after the 5-10 years the warranty only covers the actual material. This means that labor, permits, trash removal and other things are not included. So technically at year 11 of your roof if you find out that the shingles are faulty, you will more than likely pay for most of the roofing process out of pocket. But, don’t worry there is an answer to this problem.


The answer to this issue is an easy aspect to overlook when picking out the right roofing contractor for your remodel. Most manufacturers have a type of certified installer designation for contractors in the market. What this means is that these contractors meet the criteria for quality installation and other variables that the manufacturer endorses and will provide better than the standard limited warranty. When you pick a roofing contractor to do your roof that is a manufacturer certified installer you can upgrade you warranty to most of the time be a nondepreciating warranty that includes labor, material, permits and dumpster costs. If you don’t, however, you can usually find a quality company for the latter that can provide a number of roll off sizes for the dumpster required, but the other elements are likely best handled by the ones doing the rest of the works. Plus, usually this warranty is highly affordable and is registered with the manufacturer certifying that a contractor they approve of installed it and they have record of the size, scope, products and price it was to do the job. This warranty is usually transferable to the next owner as well and are usually applicable on commercial projects as well.


Northface Construction is a GAF Certified Installer When we install a roof that has GAF shingles installed we always encourage our clients to choose a Systems Plus Warranty. This is because when they choose this warranty, it is not depreciated, a GAF Systems Plus Warranty covers all aspects of the roofing process, is transferable, it apply to commercial projects, AND adjusts to inflation as well.


The warranty offered by GAF has no competitors for the amount of quality warranty you get. GAF shingles are the #1 Installed shingles in the U.S. and for good reasons. They look and perform phenomenal and we are proud to be Certified by them.

If you are interested in hearing more about the benefits of roofing your home, business or even cabin with GAF shingles we would love to give you a FREE consultation!

763-433-2269 or 844-612-4245


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