(A-One) What Kind of Contractor do You Need

There are a number of contractors out there, so there are a few things you should know before hiring one for your next project. It is important to find a reliable and licensed contractor to avoid financial risk and problems or damage to your roofing, which may come with unlicensed and unprofessional workers.

What Kind of Contractor do You Need?

In the state of California, any contractor that performs work on a project expected to value more than $500 for combined labor and materials must have a valid and current license from CSLB. You are advised to call and verify licenses for any worker you are considering.

Unlicensed Workers

Unlicensed workers pose a serious risk to your safety and your finances. Should a worker be injured while on your property and they are uninsured and unlicensed, you will take the hit financially. The majority of unlicensed workers also perform work at a lower level of quality which can lead to serious damage and expenses. In the end, it is not worth saving a few dollars by opting for an unlicensed roofer, because you risk paying so much more if anything goes wrong. When you carefully plan your project in advance, it is easier to identify and hire the appropriate contractor. You need to clearly define what you need done before deciding who is the best for the job. You typically get to choose between a general and specialty contractor and understanding the difference is important to your decision.

General Contractors

General contractors oversee projects and coordinate specific licensed subcontractors for any particular job. Specialty contractors, on the other hand, are hired to perform a single job. When you need a roofing project completed, you will hire a specialty roofing contractor to ensure you get someone that knows the industry best. General contractors can also contract for specialty work, but they must hold a valid license for that specific type of work. The only exception to this is when the project has more than two types of work involved. In this case, a general contractor will oversee the combined efforts of the project. The general contractor can hire subcontractors that have specialties based on the work that is needed.

Final Thoughts

There are many contractors out there to help you with your various installation projects. Understanding the difference between general and specialty contractors can help make the decision and hiring process smoother, and you can get the best possible work for your project.

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