Why Is It So Important to Use a Licensed Roofing Contractor?
Hiring a licensed roofer protects you from unethical practices and shoddy workmanship.
When it comes to roofing work, there are always going to be unlicensed handymen offering their services, often at a much lower price than a licensed roofing contractor would quote. However, you always get what you pay for. By hiring a low-cost, unlicensed contractor, you are giving up many of the benefits that come with choosing a licensed roofing contractor, and it may even cost you money in the long run.
Here are the top 5 reasons to use a licensed roofing contractor such as Guardian Roofs every time your roof needs service.
Licensed Roofers Know the Industry
In order to obtain a license from the California Contractors State License Board (CSLB), contractors must prove their expertise in their areas of work by passing tests. So, when you see that a contractor has a license, you automatically know that they know the latest best practices for roof installation, repair, and maintenance, including all relevant permitting rules. This means they will get the work on your roof done right the first time. With an unlicensed roofer, you have no such guarantee.
Licensed Roofers Never Ask for Illegal Payment
To commence roofing work with a licensed contractor, you only have to provide 10 percent of the project cost or $1,000, whichever is less. This requirement is set by the CSLB, and licensed roofers have agreed to abide by it. There is no risk that a licensed roofer will ask for all the money up front and then fail to complete the work or do a bad job like a dishonest, unlicensed individual might.
Licensed Roofers Offer a Contract
Having a written contract offers you many important protections as a consumer. Licensed roofers always provide written contracts detailing the scope of the project, the materials to be purchased, and the timeline for the work, making it easy for you to hold the roofer to their word in completing all the work as promised. The contract will also include a clause called a “mechanic’s lien” which is very important for protecting you from being responsible for the roofer’s unpaid bills to subcontractors or suppliers if they should decide to run off with your money.
Licensed Roofers Carry Insurance
Another important benefit of working with a licensed roofer is that the CSLB requires licensed contractors to carry insurance. This protects you against being liable for any costs should a worker damage your property or become injured on the job.
Licensed Roofers Stand Behind Their Work
One final reason you should always choose a licensed roofing contractor for all your important roofing projects is that licensed professionals behave in an ethical manner and always stand behind their work. In the rare event that you should have a dispute with your contractor, the CSLB offers a means for resolving the issue or making a complaint that the contractor will take very seriously.
Guardian Roofs is Proud to Be a Licensed Roofer
Check us out on the CSLB website! Our State Contractor’s License number is 847279. Then give us a call for a free estimate on your roofing job.