We have been talking in length about professional and legitimate roofers and roofing companies and how to recognize one that isn't. Getting a roofing permit for your new roof establishes that the state and the local building department believe the company to be professional and legitimate. To install a new roof to any structure on your property, requires a permit to be issued and posted at the residence. If you are replacing your roof, the roofing contractor must get a roofing permit to perform the work.
The permitting process is there to protect you from the unprofessional roofer that may rip you off. To get a permit, the roofer must be registered with the municipality and the building department. They will be required to be licensed and have the proper insurance coverage's that establish them as a roofing company in good standing with that municipality. The building departments in conjunction with the State keep very good records on all contractors and update these records regularly.
Once the roofer has the permit, he is to post it in plain sight on your property before any work has started. Once the work begins there are a series of inspections that will be made by a building official. The roofer will call for them and the official will sign them off. The official will not let the roofer get too far ahead in the job without a proper and timely inspection being made. He does have the authority to take the job over if the roofer does not follow the code restrictions and perform the work in a proper manner. This is all for your benefit and you can follow the process by watching the inspection card that is posted with the roofing permit. The inspection process runs from the start to the finish with a final inspection of the completed roofing work. The roofing inspections are:
Tear-off and Sheathing Inspection
Roof Deck Nailing Inspection
Roof Dry-In Inspection
Roof In-Progress Inspection
Roof Final Inspection
Most repairs do not require a permit to be issued because the scope of work to be done is not that large in content. If you contact us, we can help determine if there will need to be a permit issued for the work you need completed.
The fact that most repairs do not need a permit means that an illegitimate roofer can offer to do the repair work you need. Don't get tricked! Always verify the individual, the roofing license number and the roofing company. Regardless of what the roofing work is, it is illegal for anyone to perform the work if they are not a licensed roofing contractor.