Becoming A Licensed Roofer

by | Sep 19, 2013 | Roofing

A licensed roofer in Anne Arundel County is an individual or company that installs roofs on residential properties and commercial buildings. For a roofer to become licensed he must have a considerable number of hours on the job and he has to fulfill the demands of the licensing process which in many cases means the roofer must be bonded and carry insurance.

A licensed roofer must be capable of installing all the different types of roofs that are available. Although the majority of residential installations call for asphalt tiles, the licensed roofer must be comfortable with wood shakes, slate and other more exotic materials. In most cases, industrial buildings have flat roof so experience in dealing with tar and gravel is also a necessity. In many cases, a roofer in Anne Arundel County has to do the installation in accordance with strict building codes, prior to receiving his license the roofer will have to demonstrate his knowledge of the codes.

There are some local licensing bureaus that have hard and fast rules which require applicants for a roofing license to show that he has accomplished a specific number of hours in the trade. In many cases these hours have to have been under the direct supervision of a licensed roofer. Once the hours have been logged, the applicant will then take seminars which instill upon him the local regulations that pertain to roofing, issues of liability and courses on building materials and their use. Once the seminars have been completed, the applicant will be tested; either a written or oral test will be given. The assessor, based on the results of the test makes the determination to grant or deny the right to apply for a license.

Upon application it may be necessary for the roofer in Anne Arundel County to post a bond and to show evidence that he carries insurance, both workers comp and liability. The bond is there in the event the roofer is found to have done faulty work or used faulty materials; the company that issued the bond will pay for any rectification works required. In many cases the face value of the bond will not cover the full costs of putting the roof right, this is why the roofer has liability insurance; it covers the difference between the bond amount and the cost of rectification.

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