What Does A Roofing Contractor Do?
Repairing, installing, inspecting– these are all part of a roofing contractor’s job. There are plenty of people in the world who can claim to do these jobs, from handy friends to unlicensed roofers. What you need to know is what sets a roofing contractor out from the rest.
General Contractor Versus Roofing Contractor
You may be thinking all home repair is the same. Why not hire a general contractor to take care of your roofing needs? Your roof is the main barrier that keeps all moisture and water damage out of your home. Just one badly installed roof flashing or lap joint can cause major water damage to your roof and walls. This water damage can also lead to mold damage, all because you didn’t hire a licensed roofing contractor. A solid roof is not easy to make and requires specialized knowledge on how to create a roof that will keep you and your family safe and save you from costly water damage.
Just like any other industry, there are new developments in the roofing industry from year to year. Licensed roofers keep up with these changes while a general contractor may or may not. Having someone who is well-versed on how to create a great roof will end up saving you money in the long run.
The Right Professionals Save You Time And Money
A quick, cheap repair job is enticing, but don’t be fooled by anyone who is an unlicensed roofing contractor. It doesn’t matter if you are talking to a general contractor or someone in your family with construction experience. You need a job well done. You have hundreds to thousands of dollars to lose if the roof isn’t repaired or installed correctly.
Let’s say you hire someone who promises they know what they’re doing, even though they’re unlicensed, will give you a friend discount and finish your roof repair as quickly as possible. This good friend of yours is nice and does well when he is working on anything else you’ve seen construction wise. He does as promised and finishes the job quickly and offers you a really low rate. Great. You even go up to check out the job he has done and everything appears to be fixed and you’re happy with the result.
Then you have a storm. During the storm walls start leaking and days after you have an earthy, moldy smell coming from different parts of your home. Now it’s time to call a licensed roofer to get you out of this mess as well as call someone to repair the mold and water damage inside of various, and sometimes unseen, parts your home. Now ask yourself, which option would have been more affordable and better done? Your good friend or a licensed, professional roofer?
What Licenses Should A Roofing Contractor Have?
In Texas, it is not required by law to have a roofing license to work as a roofing contractor. You are only required to have a license if you are providing services working in heating, ventilation, air conditioning or electrical. This may vary depending on the city, but keep in mind that someone offering services as a roofing contractor may not actually have their license. Texas does require that a roofing contractor has general liability insurance.
A license helps you differentiate those who know what they are doing and stay up-to-date on helpful techniques from those who think they’re handy but will actually cost you a lot of money in damages. There are self-proclaimed roofers out there who do not have a license. Make sure to verify if your roofing contractor has a license or not.
The best place for roofing contractors to get their roofing license is through Roofing Contractors Association of Texas. This license requires contractors to understand the safety, business, and technical aspects of their trade. All contractors must pass a test proving their knowledge in these parts of the trade and they must continue their education to keep their license. The license has to be renewed every year after proving that they have taken their yearly Continuing Education Units.
As you can see, the license is no joke and takes true effort to obtain and keep. That’s the roofing contractor you want to be working on such a key part of your home.
Roofing Company Versus Roofing Contractor
A trustworthy roofing company, such as Cowtown Roofing, employs licensed roofing contractors to give you a beautiful roofing job along with a warranty of some kind. For example, Cowtown Roofing has a 10-year workmanship warranty on every new roof installation. A good roofing contracting company will not hire someone outside of their crew and will do background checks. Working with a roofing company can give you peace of mind and assurance that you may not get elsewhere.
The key is to find a reputable roofing company. Some companies may hire out to contractors they don’t know well. After a natural disaster, you will want to be sure that all roofers are licensed. You’ll most likely find construction workers or general contractors looking for roofing work due to a tornado or hurricane. Go with a company that has been in your area for a good amount of time and has good reviews.
How To Find A Good Roofing Contractor
A good roofing contractor will have a valid license and have good reviews. It’s a lot easier when you can be referred by someone you trust, but sometimes that isn’t the case. A friend with general contracting experience isn’t a valid reason to hire them as it could end up costing you a lot of money. Licenses exist to help you find a contractor that knows what they are doing. Even if someone advertises themselves as a ‘roofer,’ make sure you check and see if they actually have a license. Try a simple search for a roofing company that already has a strong, positive reputation in your community. There must be a reason for the good credit and you’ll want a trustworthy company to help you with your roof.
Need A Roofing Contractor?
If you are in Dallas or Tarrant County, Cowtown Roofing can help you with all of your roofing needs while providing honesty, integrity, and great customer service. Contact us today to discuss roofing services and get a no-obligation quote for your new roof!