So you want to become a roofing contractor? It may be less complicated than you think. This article discusses getting getting started in the state of Georgia, so there could be different requirements in your state or country.
1. Understand the Qualifications and Limitations of Roof Contracting:
A roofing contractor is not the same as a general contractor or a residential contractor. Both of these particular job titles require exams to obtain a specific license in the state of Georgia. In 2004, Georgia passed a law that exempted roofing contractors from having to purchase or take the exam to obtain a license. Roofing contractors typically fall under the “Limited Service Specialty Contractor” exemption. As long as a roofer does not exceed his or her limitation, there is no need to purchase a license. According to the Georgia law, a roofing contractor may partake in the following services: Rough Carpentry (roof felting, roof systems, trusses, sheathing), Re-roofing, and Repair (rooftop equipment, demolition, and remediation) as well as Low-Income Weatherization and Energy Efficiency. If a contractor’s work exceeds these specific jobs, then they may have to obtain a contracting license. For the full list of limitations, research here: http://sos.georgia.gov/plb/contractors/Specialty_contractors.htm
2. Experience, Experience, Experience:
Because becoming a roofing contractor does not require licensure, it also does not require taking classes or going to school. However, just because it is not required does not mean it is not advisable. At Roofing Intelligence, we provide videos on metal roofing and asphalt roofing that allow you to gain years of advice and experience in a few hours. You can even gain experience by working on your own home.
After you’ve learned the basics through our instructional roofing series, you can try finding local businesses or contractors in your area that are looking for help or hiring for roofing jobs. Get experience building and repairing a wide variety of roofs. Become well trained in all or the specific tasks you would like to specialize in. Learn everything you can from the head contractor or multiple contractors in a business. Be sure to develop a reputation built on willingness to work and commitment. One of the best ways to acquire jobs as a roofing contractor is to have referrals from other contractors stating that you know your trade well.
If you want to start a business of your own, be sure to find the best insurance plan to cover your business. Accidents happen, and it is best to obtain insurance to protect yourself and your business from any lawsuits involving personal injury or any property damage. If you aren’t sure what insurance would be best to cover roof contracting, consult the National Roofing Contractors Association webpage, where you’ll find examples of the appropriate insurance and what companies provide said insurance.
4. Finding a job:
If you’d rather not start your own business, then you should start looking for companies that are hiring experienced roofing contractors. Many businesses look for specialized roofers or just roofing contractors in general to add to their team.