When you need a new roof, you may look at the estimate and wonder if there is a way to trim that cost. Instead of finding a contractor for your new roof, you may wonder if it’s worth using a friend or relative who has some experience and is willing to install your new roof at a lower cost. But if these roofers aren’t licensed, you may be putting yourself and your home at great risk. An unlicensed roofer can cost you much more than the cost of hiring a licensed contractor from the start.
What is a Roofing License?
Generally speaking, a license means that your contractor has registered with a state agency for contractors and has fulfilled all the requirements to prove their legitimacy. They understand the rules of permitting, the best practices for roof repair, installation, and maintenance, and they have passed tests that prove their expertise.
Dangers of Having an Unlicensed Roofer on Your New Roof
An unlicensed roofer has no oversight. This means that if you have a dispute with your roofer over your new roof, you have nowhere to take that complaint. It also means that your roofer can make claims of their expertise but may not have any proof to back those claims up. They have no one to answer to, and therefore, have no accountability. An unlicensed roofer is also much less likely to carry insurance, since many companies that provide insurance to roofers and contractors require the contractor to be licensed. An uninsured roofer comes with a great risk.
Advantages of a Licensed Roofer for Your New Roof
There are many advantages to hiring a licensed roofer for your new roof.
Licensed roofers will handle everything legally.
A licensed roofer can handle permits, payments, and contracts in a legal way. You will have a written contract that details the entire scope of the project. A licensed roofer will not ask for the bulk of the payment up front and then fail to complete the work because they have an obligation to follow the guidelines of the licensing board. You can be assured that your permits will be handled properly.
Licensed roofers take pride in their work.
A licensed roofer knows that they have an obligation to their clients, their reputation, and the licensing board. They will work hard to make sure that any disputes are resolved and that you are satisfied with your new roof and the work that has been done.
Licensed roofers have the expertise.
To obtain a license, a roofer must prove that they know the industry, the current regulations, and best practices. Knowing your roofer has the expertise and has put the work into keeping up with current practices means that you will have quality work done by professionals in the industry.
When you hire a contractor for your new roof, checking to make sure that your contractor is licensed and insured is the right first step. A licensed and insured roofer means you will have a quality roof with minimal risk. You will know that everything is being handled legally and that you can count on your contractor to do quality work. Trust Armorvue Home Exteriors with your new roof installation. Our installation specialists will take the time to guide you through the entire process, and make sure you’re happy with your new roof. Contact us today for a virtual appointment.