Commercial and Residential Roofing in Boca Raton, FL
This page will help you understand who you need for roofing services. A Roofing Company, Roofing Contractor or Roofer?
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Which one do you need?
If your roof needs work it can be hard to find the right person for the job. You want to find the best team available. But how? One big problem comes from the terms for the person you are looking for. Do you need a roofer, roofing company, roofing contractor or handyman? On this page we will explain who each of the players are and their roles in the process.
Roofing companies specialize in certain disciplines within the roofing industry. Some specialize in residential and others, commercial. Some specialize in tile roofs and others in flat roofs. You get it. Company employees get paired with others to form crews. Each member of a crew will have experience and a particular skill set. Crews are designed to perform specific tasks. It might take several crews to complete a job. The company plans for the materials and crews need to finish a contract.
A roofing company contracts with the general public or business. Under Florida Law, you can go to contract with a roofing company. You can’t contract with a contractor. The law requires companies to designate a qualifying contractor to host the company. This contractor is responsible for the adequacy of the work. Hence, there are two parties responsible in a construction project. The company and the qualifier. The contractor for the work and the company financially.
A roofing contractor is someone who has a license with the State. The license specializing in roofing. The State requires many things of contractors. One needs a minimum 4 years experience working in the field. That is, doing the work himself. The State test has many technical questions on the mechanics of roofing. Other sections on the test are for accounting and construction law. The entire test takes a full day. Furthermore, candidates are required to have a minimum net worth and credit score.
A roofing contractor can form a corporation and in effect be both the contractor and company. A company formed and supervised by one person is a good thing and the kind of entity you want to work with.
A roofing contractor is a roofer (or should be). Contractors need to be field experienced. But some contractors don’t have the experience they claim and still able to pass the State test. They don’t do the work and never have. These guys rely on their employees to plan and supervise the work. This is obviously not desirable and prone to problems. We affectionately call them, "gentlemen contractors" and you should avoid using them.
A roofer is someone who works on roofs. Their level of proficiency varies. Laborers carry materials and pickup trash. Rough carpenters are roofers. They measure, cut and install wood. Conventional hot tar roofing has kettle man, mop man, paper setters and a tote man. All roofing crews have sheet metal workers known and metal thumpers. The guy running the nail gun on a shingle crew is the shingler. And finally, people who install roofing tiles are tilers.
Some men, who have been in the trade a long time, can do all of these. They are revered and called mechanics. Mechanics can install all types of roofing and all kinds of roofing systems.
All of these guys are roofers. While you need all of these skills, You don't want to go to contract with an experienced roofer. Its better to hire a roofing company that is owned and operated by a roofer.
Handymen are folks with construction experience, but no licence. A handyman is by definition an unlicensed contractor. Florida has a license for a handyman. It’s name is “residential contractor”. Why don’t they get the license? They can if they wanted to! Everyone will have their own reason. But for the most part, handymen don’t want to be responsible for what they do. They don’t want to get insurance and pull permits. That can’t be good and you should never hire a handyman. Hire a licenced company, always!
What about sub-contractors? We always hear and are warned against Roofing Companies and their use of sub-contractors. Read more about the use of Sub-Contractors on my blog here
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