Hiring an unlicensed roofer might seem like a good way to save money. After all, he’s done this for years. But what happens if something goes wrong? You basically have no assurances.
Why hire a licensed roofing contractor?
It’s not just about paying a fee for a piece of paper. A licensed Roofing Contractor continually has to prove his knowledge of the latest best practices for roofing system installation, restoration, and maintenance, as well as all the relevant permits needed in your area. He will be able to uphold warranties and help you get the most out of manufacturer warranties.
The State of Washington and Roofing Contractor Requirements
Washington State requires all contractors to register with the Department of Labor and Industry. State law also requires them to be bonded and insured to protect the public.
Get the information about the requirements first hand from the Washington State Dept. of Labor & Industries.
You can also check a contractor license in the State of Washington. It clearly displays their insurance, bond, and license status. It also list lawsuits against the bond or savings.
Benefits of a Bond
Bonding protects the consumer in the event that the contractor fails to complete a project, pay for permits, or meet other financial obligations, such as paying vendors for materials. This ensures that they don’t “flake” on you.
Benefits of Insurance
There are two common types: liability insurance and Workers’ Compensation.
Liability insurance covers your property in the unfortunate event of damage caused by workers.
Workers’ compensation helps cover medical costs and a portion of lost wages for an employee who becomes injured or ill on the job.
A reputable Roofing Contractor, has routine safety training for their employees and makes sure they use it. He cares for his people.
This is important for you because it guarantees that those working on your roof know what they’re doing. Asking for proof of Bond and Insurance is definitely in your best interest.
Flat Roof Pros ins Licensed, Bonded, and Insured for everyone’s peace of mind.