Selecting A Roofing Contractor
Specify that You Want a Licensed Roofing Contractor
What every homeowner, architect, builder and consultant 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 RCAT LICENSED ROOFING CONTRACTOR for the job.
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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 roofing 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 RCAT Licensed Roofing Contractor is experienced, reliable and knowledgeable.
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The RCAT Licensed Roofing Contractor program was developed 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 those licensed contractors can also become licensed, with similar requirements.
If you have further questions about the RCAT Licensed Roofing Contractor program or would like to verify the credentials of a particular roofing contractor, please call (800) 997-6631 or (512) 251-7690.