If you’re a roofing pro, you know the risks associated with your work, like physical injury or damages. It’s important to mitigate as many risks as possible. One risk you may not have considered before is your licensing, specifically for Texas roofing pros.
Three years ago, the fight for new regulations made headlines as news outlets began reporting on the debate of contractor licensing in Texas. Since then, there has been multiple changes in the registration and licenses roofing contractors must have. We’re here to help you figure out what licenses you need as a roofing pro in Texas.
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Contractor Licenses in Texas
You may be surprised to learn that only 21 states require roofers to be licensed. Texas is one of the states that do not require licensure, unless you have a listed specialty trade, such as HVAC or electrical. Obtaining a license and registration is voluntary for Texas roofing pros.
However, what is unique about Texas is that regulations vary by city, specifically for roofing pros. Cities such as San Antonio and Austin do require that roofing pros are licensed within the city. Without it, you may not be able to get a permit for the job. Be sure to research the city and area you live in to see if they require a license.
The Benefits of A License
So, if your city does not have any regulations regarding licenses, why bother? By acquiring a license, you are providing more value to yourself as a pro and to your customers. It provides you with more skills necessary to improve your business and additional education in your trade. After all, you will need to pass an exam to get your license, so it’s a good time to study and refresh.
Customers value a licensed pro, which is something you can use to your advantage. A license helps eliminate customer fears that you may be trying to scam them. It helps differentiate you from other pros, especially if they are not licensed. It reinforces trust that you understand safety regulations, have the proper qualifications and will do a good job. In the end, having a license will help you win more jobs in your area and that is the best benefit of all!
How Do I Get Licensed in Texas?
For those who decide to get their roofing contractor license, the best place to start is with the Roofing Contractors Association of Texas. They are a roofing organization that’s specific to your trade and region. Their mission is to “represent the voice of the roofing and waterproofing industry in Texas.” Not only do they provide licenses for roofing pros, but they also educate and provide networking opportunities with other contractors.
According to the RCAT website, the process requires pros to meet certain qualifications, apply and submit materials such as credit references, business references and pass a safety exam. The license is good for one year and renewal requires continual education. There is a fee for the license and exam. For RCAT members, there is a $200 discount. Remember, you will be licensed as an individual and not as a business. If you are getting your license, it’s a good idea to have your employees get theirs as well.
Other Texas Requirements
Texas does require roofing pros to have at least general liability insurance. This not only protects you if an accident was to happen, but the homeowner as well. If you’re looking for further protection from claims, professional liability insurance is a great option for roofers. A roofing project is a big deal to a homeowner and something that can certainly cause further damage to a house if a mistake is made or something is done incorrectly. This type of insurance protects you and your employees from any claims of errors in your work. To learn more, see A Guide To Insurance For Contractors.
Additionally, some cities or counties in Texas require you to have a contractor license bond. This means that you have the financial backing of a bank or insurance company, if at any point you went against the signed contract between you and the customer on the roofing project. Check with your local regulations to see if there are any other bonding requirements for your area. Even if it’s not required, it doesn’t hurt to have as a business owner.
Determining the exact license and registration regulations for the state of Texas can be unclear for roofing pros. The good news is that you have some flexibility when it comes to being licensed, however, we strongly recommend seeing if you’re able to meet the requirements. Customers value when pros go the extra mile to provide them with great service and are more likely to give you their loyal business.
You can ease customer fears by showing the proper qualifications. If you’re curious to see what customer’s might be worried about, read Homeowner Survey: See Their No.1 Fear.