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Orange County Roofing License Law Basics

Orange County Roofing Help

Is the roofer a licensed roofing contractor in California?

In California, any job that costs more than $500 or more must be done by a licensed contractor.  Ask to see a pocket license and another form of identification.  When you call to see if the license is current, be sure the contractor’s business name matches the name that goes with the license.

Without a valid license you will be at a loss for filling a complaint on a contractor if you can locate him.

Is the roofer bonded?


Bonding is a legal requirement in California.

If your contractor goes bankrupt or disappears before the job is done, you can be compensated up to the amount of the bond.  Note that Contractor’s State License Board requires all licensed roofers to carry a $12,500. bond that is usually more than the cost of most roofing jobs. 

Are there any outstanding judgements (unsatisfied complaints) against the roofer.

The licensing board will tell you if there are any current complaints against a roofer. It will not tell you if there have been several dozen complaints in the past, as long as these complaints have been dealt with.

Neither does the board keep a list of contractors who draw the most complaints.  Know what the board can and cannot do for you.  It can be helpful, but a “clean bill of health” from the board is not a substitute for getting several references and really checking them.

Does the roofer have Worker’s Compensation Insurance in case employees are hurt on the job?


State law requires that the roofer carry it.  Worker’s comp cost about 44 cents for every payroll dollar that they spend.  It’s one big reason why you’ll pay more for a better roofer.

If a worker falls off the roof and injures himself and the roofer does not have workers compensation you might be sued as well as the contractor for the injuries caused while improving your property.  Is it worth the risk of losing your house or life savings to save a few dollars on you roof.

Also if the roofer does not have workers compensation he is once again cutting corners on his legal requirements for business, is this who you want installing your roof.

Does the roofer have general liability insurance?

State law does not compel your roofer to carry it.  But if the roofer beans the mail carrier with falling tile or backs a truck into your patio wall, you’ll be glad he does.

The way to check both insurance questions is to ask your contractor to have either copies of the certificates mailed directly to you by the insurance company or ask to see copies of the certificates if he has them. If the contractor has a certificate on hand be sure to check the dates to make sure that the policy is currently valid and will be through the entire installation of your roof.  Don’t be shy—a good roofer will be used to doing this for clients.

How long has the roofer been in business.

You should look for a contractor with several years of experience.  Less than five years might be risky.  “In this day and market, the longer the better.”

Can the roofer give you at least three references?

Check them and question them closely about how the job went.
A true tale on how good a roofing contractor is not how good or easy his job went, but how he handled any problems that occurred.

Get bids from at least three roofers you have checked on and are satisfied with.  And make sure that you are comparing “apples and apples.”  The roofing materials should be the same as should all the details about what is to be installed, replaced or repaired (drip edges, flashings, gutters, etc.).

Of course, all of the above is based on the assumption that you’ll have a handful of roofers to choose from.  Depending on what month we’re in, that may or may not be the case.  Just before the rainy season is roofers’ busiest time. 

South County Roofing and roof repair is your local Orange County Roofing Contractor is providing free dry rot, termite damaged wood replacement and inspections for Orange County customers who need a dry rot replacement, Fascia Removal, Termite Damage inspection in these cities and communities:

Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Anaheim Hills, Brea, Buena Park, Capistrano Beach, Corona Del Mar, Costa Mesa, Coto De Caza, Cypress, Dana Point, Dove Canyon, Foothill Ranch, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Newport Coast, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Trabuco Canyon, Tustin,  Villa Park, Westminster, and Yorba Linda.


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