Many handyman services out there claim they can perform roof repairs. It is rarely a good idea to hire one of them over a roofing company for yours. You should only trust your roof to someone who has the training, experience, and license to perform the necessary work.
Roofers Are Trained
Roofers don’t learn how to install and repair roofs through trial and error or videos. Any good licensed roofing contractor has attended manufacturer training classes, state licensing courses, and been a journeyman under someone else. Many small details that a handyman often doesn’t know about roofing, shingles, and codes can put your home in jeopardy. For example, when using a nail gun, the pressure needs adjusting based on the outside temperature. If the wrong pressure is used, a nail can blow through a shingle leaving it essentially unsecured to the roofing deck.
Manufacturers often do not honor warranties done by non-certified companies. The major shingle manufacturers do not offer training to handymen, only licensed roofers. Additionally, if you ever have an insurance claim after an untrained person installed or repaired your roof, all or part of you claim could be denied.
In Orlando, the Term Licensed Roofing Company Has Meaning
If you need grab bars added in your home for an aging parent, a handyman service is a great option. There are no state regulations regarding who can install things like that. There are, however, regulations put in place to protect you regarding the roofing industry. Florida is very specific on their definition of work that must be performed by a licensed roofing contractor. The state has this definition, “A contractor is someone who… builds or improves any structure for compensation.” A roof repair and roof replacement both qualify as an improvement to a structure. The only exclusion in Florida is the installation of an awning that is not a fixed part of the building. That means, you need to hire a licensed roofing company to perform your roof repairs. This regulation is in place for your protection.
Because a roofer is licensed, they have the proper liability insurance on file with the state. You never want to hire anyone to do work on your home if not properly insured. Liability insurance protects you in case someone working on your property sustains injury. Rather than that person coming after your assets in a claim, their employer’s insurance pays the claim.
In short, if you need roof repairs, always hire a licensed roofing company, never a handyman service. Many Orlando roofing companies can perform roof repairs but only Russ Noyes Roofing offers the Overhead Care Club and Roofing Rewards Program. We are licensed and insured and our employees are background and drug checked. If you need a roof repair, call us today at 407-388-7700.