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SPECIFY THAT YOU WANT A LICENSED ROOFING CONTRACTOR

WHAT EVERY ARCHITECT, CONSULTANT, SUPERINTENDENT, AND CONSUMER SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HIRING A ROOFING CONTRACTOR

Whether you are drawing plans for new roofs, fixing an old roof, maintaining the roof of a commercial facility, or responsible for construction of all the new buildings for the local school district, you want a roofing contractor who will do the job right the first time.

You will want to require that a contractor has the experience and knowledge to provide only quality workmanship. You want your contractor to be responsible and reliable - someone who will still be around after the job is done. You want a contractor who offers business savvy - someone who has complete knowledge of all related safety and regulatory laws - someone who understands your concerns.

You want a roofing contractor who has expert knowledge of his trade and can bring the latest technology and most effective roofing techniques to bear for your job. You need to specify that you want a LICENSED ROOFING CONTRACTOR for the job.

The Roofing Contractors Association of Texas requires that roofing contractors go through a rigorous screening process before they can become licensed. RCAT takes the pressure off of you and takes on the responsibility of declaring that a contractor has met the standards of a true professional contractor. Both commercial and residential roofing contractors, those with large or small businesses, can become licensed. Their company managers and estimators can also become licensed. The principal goal of this voluntary licensing process is to increase professionalism and consumer confidence in the roofing industry, as well as to assure owners, architects, consultants, developers and general contractors that a Licensed Roofing Contractor is experienced, reliable and knowledgeable.

For a listing of Licensed Roofing Contractors in your area, search our member list for RCAT Licensed Roofing Contractors.

IT’S THE SMART, PROFESSIONAL WAY TO GO!

The Roofing Contractors Association of Texas developed the Licensed Roofing Contractor Program to increase consumer protection and secure public confidence in the roofing industry by elevating the roofing contractor’s knowledge, skills and professionalism through voluntary self-regulation.

To become a Licensed Roofing Contractor in Texas, the applicant must:

  • Be a principal in a roofing company that has been domiciled in the state of Texas for at least three continuous years.
  • Submit credit references.
  • Submit business references.
  • Submit proof of financial responsibility, including insurance or bonding, workers compensation and a completed applicant statement.

After a thorough background check, the individual must past a basic business and safety knowledge exam plus a residential and/or commercial roofing exam.

The license is valid for one year and is renewable at that time by showing proof of having earned continuing education credits and by showing evidence of consistent adherence to the original guidelines required for licensing.

Licensing is available for both residential and commercial roofing contractors and is open to all roofing contractors in Texas who meet the qualifications. Company managers employed by licensed contractors also have a Licensed Company Manager program, with similar requirements.

If you have further questions about the roofing contractors licensing program or would like to verify the license of a particular roofing contractor, please call the Roofing Contractors Association Main Office at (512) 251-7690. Or visit www.rooftex.com.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS>> top
Q. HOW DOES THE LICENSING PROGRAM HELP PREVENT CUSTOMERS FROM GETTING TAKEN BY “FLY-BY-NIGHT” OPERATIONS?

Answer: All licensed roofing contractors are required to provide proof that they have been doing business in Texas for at least three years. These are usually established, qualified contractors who plan to be around for a long time. After all, a warranty is only as good as the company that offers it.

Q. WHY ISN’T THE LOWEST BID ALWAYS THE BEST DEAL?

Answer: There are many factors in addition to cost to consider. A roof needs to be done right the first time. Otherwise you may face high repair cost—or even have to have the roof entirely redone.

Q. WHAT CAN I DO TO MAKE SURE I’M WORKING WITH A PROFESSIONAL?

Answer:

  • Be sure you’re comfortable with the contractor and the roof system he/she is suggesting. A pro is going to be happy to answer your questions.
  • Check customer references. Ask for the names of several customers with roofs similar to yours. Be sure the contractor has performed as promised.
  • Check financial information. A professional roofing contractor will give you the names of creditors and banking references. Make sure the roofing contractor is a responsible business person.
  • Call the Better Business Bureau. You will find out quickly if there have been a lot of complaints about the contractor or if any complaints have not been satisfactorily resolved.
  • Insist on a written proposal. You’ll get it from a professional roofing contractor. Examine it to make sure you think it is complete and fair.
  • Do not sign any document until you have had time to review the document.
Q. HOW DO I FIND A PROFESSIONAL ROOFING CONTRACTOR?

Answer:

  • Ask friends and neighbors who have had roofing work done about their satisfactory experiences with contractors, and ask those contractors for bids on your job. Or call (713) 876-8722 and we will give you the names of roofing contractors in your area, search our membership list, or search our member list for RCAT Licensed Roofing Contractors.
  • Call the RCAT office for a recommendation of a roofing contractor in your area.
KNOW YOUR CONSUMER RIGHTS>> top

Whether you are fixing the roof of your home because of hail storm damage, maintaining the roof of a commercial facility, or responsible for construction of all the new buildings for the local school district, you want a roofing contractor who will do the job right the first time.

You want a contractor who has the experience and knowledge to provide only quality workmanship. You want your contractor to be responsible and reliable— someone who will still be around after the job is done. You want a contractor who offers business savvy— someone who has complete knowledge of all related safety and regulatory laws— someone who understands your concerns.

You want a roofing contractor who has expert knowledge of his trade and can bring to bear the latest technology and most effective roofing techniques for your job. You need a LICENSED ROOFING CONTRACTOR. The Roofing Contractors Association of Texas requires that roofing contractors go through a rigorous screening process before they can become licensed. RCAT takes the pressure off of you and takes on the responsibility of declaring that a contractor has met the standards of a true professional contractor.

Both commercial and residential roofing contractors can become licensed. The principal goal of this voluntary licensing process is to increase professionalism and consumer confidence in the roofing industry, as well as to assure homeowners, architects, developers, and general contractors that their roofing contractor is experienced, reliable and knowledgeable.

RELAX… WE CAN HELP!

The Roofing Contractors Association of Texas developed the Licensing Program to increase consumer protection and secure public confidence in the roofing industry by elevating the roofing contractor’s knowledge, skills and professionalism through voluntary self-regulation.

TO BECOME A LICENSED ROOFING CONTRACTOR IN TEXAS, THE APPLICANT MUST:
  • Be a principal in a roofing company that has been domiciled in the state of Texas for at least three continuous years.
  • Submit credit references.
  • Submit business references.
  • Submit proof of financial responsibility, including insurance or bonding, workers compensation, and a completed applicant statement.

After a thorough background check, the individual must past a basic business and safety knowledge exam plus a residential and/or commercial roofing exam.

The license is valid for one year and is renewable at that time by showing proof of having earned continuing education credits, and by showing evidence of consistent adherence to the original guidelines required for licensing.

Licensing is available for both residential and commercial roofing contractors and is open to all roofing contractors in Texas who meet the qualifications. Company managers employed by licensed contractors also have Licensed Company Manager program, with similar requirements.

If you have further questions about the roofing contractors licensing program or would like to verify the license of a particular roofing contractor, please call the Roofing Contractors Association Main Office at (512) 251-7690. Or visit www.rooftex.com.

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