When I meet homeowners for the first time, many ask if it is necessary to hire a properly licensed roofer. Some think that hiring a roofing company that doesn’t have a license might save a couple of bucks. And I tell them all the same thing—if they want their next home project to be done professionally, they should make sure they hire a licensed contractor. Ultimately, I promise them that hiring a licensed roofer will save them both time and money. 

And here’s why. Your home’s roof is perhaps your most essential defense against the elements and is key to maintaining the value of your home, so there are a few things homeowners should do to have peace of mind when they put that in the hands of roofing professionals.

A responsible roofing company will both be licensed and insured.

The best, most straightforward way to check on a particular roofing company’s license and certifications in NJ is to call or visit the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs website for home improvement contractors. Here, you’ll be able to run your searches to see the License Information for the company you are thinking of hiring.

Of course, it never hurts to ask those you know in your town about a particular roofer or check on the company you are interested in through places like Yelp and the Better Business Bureau.

Why ensure the roofer you hire is licensed?

There are many, many reasons to ensure your roofer is licensed. A roofing license signals that your roofers are running a credible business that does not cut corners regarding paperwork. It is essential if they need to pull permits for a job or follow specific building standards for your project.

Hiring a licensed roofer dramatically reduces the risk of roofing scammers. Legal mechanisms for licensed roofers can hold them accountable if there is a significant issue with the project, and unlicensed roofers are not held to such accountability. Licensed roofers are also typically insured, which signals that they cover their workers with workman’s compensation and support their team.

What kind of license is needed for roofing in NJ?

In New Jersey, roofers do not require a state license to work as roofing contractors.

However, while inexperienced homeowners may be tempted to use an unlicensed or uninsured roofer to cut costs, the result can cause stress and grief if there is an issue that your contractors do not wish to resolve. You can avoid roofing scams and unnecessary legal problems resulting from an accident by opting for roofers licensed in NJ.

Of course, Powell’s has been a licensed home improvement contractor in NJ for almost 20 years. We don’t cut corners and do things the right way at Powell’s Roofing & Siding. And that means being licensed. To learn more about our roofers’ experience and get advice on a new project you are pondering, contact Powell’s today.