What It Means to Be a GAF Certified™ or Master Elite® Contractor

When researching a new roof, it’s virtually impossible to avoid the General Aniline & Film Corporation—widely known by its acronym, GAF®. You may be wondering who they are, as well as what it means to be a GAF Certified™ or Master Elite® Contractor and why it’s important. Read on to learn more about the company and its esteemed certification process.

Who is GAF®?

GAF® is North America’s leading roofing and waterproofing manufacturer—a title that’s backed by a history of innovative, premium quality products that can be traced back to 1886. The company produces materials for both commercial and residential applications. Today, more U.S. homes and businesses rely on GAF® roofs for protection than on any other.

What Does Being Factory-Certified by GAF Mean for Contractors?

In line with their commitment to quality products, GAF® has developed a stringent training and certification program for those who install their materials. Being factory-certified means a contractor has a reputation for excellent service and proven an exceptional level of knowledge, craftsmanship, and experience.

In addition to providing instant credibility for contractors, GAF® certification demonstrates their commitment to ongoing education and development as it must be renewed annually. Each level requires certain qualifications and allows contractors to offer different warranties on the GAF® products they install.

GAF Certified Contractor Requirements and Offerings

Only 7% of North American roofers achieve GAF Certified™ Contractor status. This requires:

  • Minimum three years of experience
  • Minimum $1 million liability insurance
  • Worker’s compensation insurance coverage
  • Proper license held with the state (if required and applicable)
  • Good rating with the Better Business Bureau® (BBB), verified by GAF®
  • Good credit rating, per Experian™ and verified by GAF®
  • Factory-trained, tested, and certified by GAF®
  • High customer satisfaction ratings

With this level of GAF® certification, contractors can offer customers the GAF System Plus Limited Warranty, which increases the Smart Choice® Protection Period from 10 to 50 years and includes tear-off coverage. Learn more about this plan here.

GAF Master Elite® Contractor Requirements and Offerings

Representing the true mark of roofing excellence, only 2% of North American roofers achieve GAF Master Elite® Contractor status. This accolade requires a minimum of four years experience along with the same licensing, insurance coverage, and high-quality service reputation among customers.

Master Elite® certification is reserved for the best roofers in the country and allows them to offer their customers the best GAF® warranties available:

Trust the GAF Master Elite® Contractors at Superior Builders

At Superior Builders, we’ve dedicated ourselves to providing unparalleled service and ensuring customer satisfaction on every project. We take immense pride in our GAF® awards and certifications that provide proof of that continued commitment:

  • GAF Certified™ Contractor
  • GAF Master Elite® Contractor
  • GAF Master Contractor (commercial)
  • GAF Master Select™ Contractor (commercial)
  • GAF Premium Coating Systems certification (commercial)
  • GAF President’s Club Award for exceptional performance, reliability, and service

Your roof plays a vital role in your property’s energy efficiency, protection against nature’s elements, and overall value. As a homeowner, you want to ensure your roofing investment is reliable hands. Rely on the GAF Master Elite® Contractors at Superior Builders for all your residential roofing, siding, windows, and gutter system needs.

Contact us today to learn more.