It should be obvious that only a licensed roofer should perform roof repair but time and time again, we end up fixing the roof work done by a handyman or general contractor. Are there exceptions, sure. Things like re-attaching a gutter or replacing cracked soffit can be done by someone with even a small amount of knowledge, however, most roof repair should be performed by a licensed roofer. Here’s why.
A Roofer Finds the Source of the Leak
Although you may know where the water is coming into your attic or your home, that doesn’t mean that’s where the roof leak is located. This is because water follows the path of least resistance. A roofer will find the source and fix the problem. Not all handymen have the skills to find the source, they may instead replace a few shingles in the area they think the water is coming in.
Not All Handyman Services are Insured
Climbing on a roof is a dangerous task. If you hire a handyman who isn’t properly insured and there is an accident, you may have to use your insurance to repair the damage they did or even cover their medical bills from their injuries. According to Florida state law, a licensed roofer must carry full liability insurance.
You May Void Your Warranty
If you have a manufacturer’s warranty on your roofing material and you need to file a claim, you may find your claim being denied because work wasn’t performed by a licensed roofer. Roofing materials manufacturers deny claims where roof work was performed by anyone other than an experienced professional because they can’t be sure that the handyman didn’t do the damage.
It May Be Against the Law
Depending on the work you’re having done, it may be against Florida law. The law requires all roofing work be performed by a licensed certified or registered contractor. Although the chances of you being caught are slim, if a permit is required, a handyman likely won’t pull one. It’s simply safer to hire a roofing contractor.
Suncoast Roofing Solutions is a local licensed roofer with decades of experience. When you need a roof repair, replacement or maintenance, we’re ready to help. We have staff experienced in all roofing types including concrete and clay tile roofing, metal roofing and asphalt roofing. Call us today at (813) 283-2544 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.