The State of Texas Does Not Require a License or Insurance to Roof Your Home; McAllen Valley Roofing Co., A Texas Based Roofing Company Shares How To Protect Yourself

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Since Texas on a state level doesn't require a license or insurance to perform work on your home or building, it is imperative in the midst of so many natural disasters to hire the right contractor.

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"It's unbelievable to me that you need a license to cut a persons hair, but not to roof a building. A roof protects your most valuable asset. On average 9 out of 10 roofs that we inspect have had faulty workmanship that could have been prevented by a controlled inspection process by the city."

Firstly, it is important to understand the unique situation in Texas, in that roofers are not required to be licensed or always be required to obtain permits for the work they do. As Brian McSteen with McAllen Valley Roofing Co. points out,

"The State of Texas doesn't require a license or liability insurance to do roofing on a state level like most other states require. Most cities in Texas don't even require a permit to perform work. It’s important to remember, the purpose of a permit and having a license is for consumer protection. Its sole purpose is to track the contractors doing the work and to make sure its completed to the standard of the local building codes."

In other states there are major fines and even jail time for performing roofing work without a license. But in Texas, most people are not aware that your local gardener can become a roofer overnight without question. Brian McSteen states, "It's unbelievable to me that you need a license to cut a persons hair, but not to roof a building. A roof protects your most valuable asset. On average 9 out of 10 roofs that we inspect have had faulty workmanship that could have been prevented by a controlled inspection process by the city."

With that in mind, and in the midst of so many natural disasters, this Texas based roofer shares his insight into how you can ensure you hire the right roofing contractor.

1: Search your local BBB to find local Accredited A rated roofers and read the reviews.

2: Walk in to their local office and ask to be introduced to the staff responsible for making the roofing project go smoothly.

3: Call the local roofing or building supply companies and ask for references and whom pays their bills on time.

4: Ask for a list of references from the roofer, and get in the car to go take a look at their work.

5: Search the company on google to read reviews to make sure others have had a good experience.

6: Ask to see their quality control checklist for when the roof is complete to ensure they have standards for quality in place.

7: Only hire a roofer that can offer you a manufacturer warranty. A manufacturer warranty is a third party warranty by the shingle manufacturer that certified the roofing company. Only 1% of the roofers in the United States can offer this. To be certified You must have a local office, and you also have to be in business for a minimum of five years. The manufacturer requires that every individual in the company pass a specification and installation test. The manufacturer also ensures the roofing company is always insured, and requires that insurance on every renewal, unlike your local city. Insurance protects your home in case of any accident.

A manufacturer warranty that covers labor and material requires the use of manufacturer specified products, ensuring you get a quality product and install. If the roofer goes out of business, you still have a warranty on your home and you are not stuck chasing down costly mistakes or repairs of a shoddy roofing repair man.

McAllen Valley Roofing Co. are one of the few that offer such manufacturer warranty's and are proud to be in that 1% of roofers in Texas. If you need roofing work, follow our advice and have the peace of mind that comes with genuine quality.

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