Well-established West Michigan roofers
As noted in other blogs, Above Roofing and Exteriors walks many roofs and evaluates the life and health of hundreds of roofs in the Grand Rapids and greater West Michigan area every year. In doing so, we see way too many problems that could have been avoided by whoever put the roof on the house that is now experiencing leakage or other deterioration of the house. When you hire a contractor to work on your most valuable investment, your house, how can you be assured that that contractor will do good work?
These days there are a number of referral services (like Angie’s List, Home Advisor and Thumbtack) who, through both certification checks and reviews, help a homeowner find and evaluate reputable contractors. Other organizations like Better Business Bureau keep records of complaints as well as positive reviews made about contractors and give those contractors ratings. The internet allows the public posting and easy access of ratings and reviews that former customers of contractors have shared. You can check out what others have said about a company at places like Google, Yellow Pages, Yelp, etc.
Well-established, reputable contractors generally develop relationships with the material manufacturers whose products they use. These relationships often include training the company provides for installing their products as well as dialog between the company and the contractor when questions or issues arise. So, a manufacturer often gives a rating for contractors they know who install their products and also can, therefore, stand behind the work of the contractor and provide extended warranties for products a reputable contractor installs. For example, Above Roofing is a Select Shingle Master contractor, the highest certification possible, with Certainteed, a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, one of the oldest building-products manufacturers. Thus, we can offer Certainteed’s most extensive roof warranty. Certainteed knows who we are and that we do our work to the highest standards. We are also a 5-Star installer of Velux skylights, the only 5-Star installer in West Michigan.
The manufacturers are able to rate contractors and even provide warranties of their workmanship, but the most important warranty that a homeowner should check out is that of the contractor. Ask to see, in writing, a statement of how long the contractor guarantees their workmanship. This statement is the strongest indicator of how confident a contractor is that their work will stand the test of time. Fine print, of course, is also important here, as is whether or not the workmanship warranty is transferrable, should you sell the house.
Above Roofing’s workmanship warranty is unsurpassed in the construction world. If Above Roofing’s West Michigan roofers put a new roof on your house or makes repairs to your roof, we make sure and GUARANTEE that work is done right. We stand behind our workmanship for as long as the work we’ve done is in place, and this warranty is transferrable to the future owners of the house.
Above Roofing has been in the roofing business in the Grand Rapids area for more than 20 years. We have many customers we’ve served who have given us reviews and even allow other homeowners to call them to get a sense of what it’s like to have us as their contractor. We have an A+ rating with Better Business Bureau and have won awards from them for integrity and ethics. We also have won the Super Service Award from Angie’s List for many years running. We seek to provide our customers not only with work done well but with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your contractor stands behind their workmanship for the long term.