Roofing Contract Template

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Updated January 19, 2023

A roofing contract is a legally binding agreement between a client and a roofer that outlines the deliverables, scope of work, and timelines. The roofer will be obligated to perform their duties, and the client will be required to pay in accordance with the contract.

It is advised that a client make installment payments to the roofer based on performance (e.g. 50% payment at the start and completion of the project).

Can be used for:

  • New roof
  • Roof repair or modification
  • Residential or commercial property

Table of Contents

3 Keys to Being a Successful Roofer

In addition to installing and maintaining roofs with superior craftsmanship, a successful roofer will often have the following qualities:

1. Good Reviews

Lookup reviews online on the following websites:

  • Angi.com – Formerly Angie’s List, allows a person to find roofers, read reviews, and request a quote.
  • Yelp.com – Find reviews from past customers who claimed to have used the roofer in the past. Although, the reviews are not verified.
  • Google Maps – Use to find roofers in your area and read reviews, although they are not verified.
  • Word of Mouth – The best way to find a good roofing company is to ask someone that has used them in the past. Especially if it has been a few years since the installation. Then the past customer will know if there have been any leaks since the installment.

2. Certifications

Other than being licensed, a roofer may also have the following certifications from the manufacturers that produce the roofing materials:

  • GAF Materials Corporation – The largest roofing manufacturer in the USA and the most common certification in the industry.
  • CertainTeed – A national roofing manufacturer that offers 2 types of certifications for roofers; ShingleMaster™ and SELECT ShingleMaster™.
  • Owens Corning – Known for being an especially high-quality roofing manufacturer, their certifications are for contractors that deal exclusively with their product.
  • TAMKO – Perhaps the smallest of the national manufacturers, TAMKO offers exclusive training for “Pro” certified roofers.
  • National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) – A roofer may obtain a ProCertification® that exemplifies “substantial roofing skills.”

3. Insurance

Make sure that a roofer shows proof of 2 types of insurance:

  • Liability (General) Insurance – Protects the roofer from accidents related to the installation. Due to roofers being a high-risk job, they will obtain insurance through excess and surplus (E&S) lines which cover specialty professions with higher risk (that standard insurance companies don’t offer).
  • Workers’ Compensation Insurance – Protects the employees in the event of injury

Warranty

Roofs are commonly guaranteed for a period of 25 to 30 years. This includes both residential and commercial property. This does not cover if there is damage due to outside forces (such as a tree falling on the roof).

What if the roof starts leaking after the installation?

The warranty will cover all standard maintenance on the roof, including leaks and any other issues caused by installation defects. If a roof needs repairing due to inclement weather, typically, homeowners insurance will cover the repair.

What happens to my warranty if a roofer goes out of business?

When a warranty is given to a property owner, it is commonly an insurance policy against defects purchased by the roofer and assigned to the property owner. Due to most roofing companies being small businesses, chances are in they may not still be around at the end of the warranty.

State License Requirements

A roofer needs to be licensed in _______ states. The requirements for obtaining a license from the state are as follows:

State License Required? Statute
 Alabama Yes, for residential contractors of bids $10,000 or more and commercial contractors of $50,000 or more. Chapter 230-X-1
 Alaska Yes, commercial roofing requires proof of liability insurance and a $5,000 bond. Residential roofing requires classes provided by the Alaska Craftsman Home Program (ACHP). 12 AAC 21.020
 Arizona Yes, roofing is designated as a “specialty contractor” and requires licensure with the Arizona Registrar of Contractors. ARS 32-1121 & ARS 32-1122
 Arkansas Yes, a roofer needs to be licensed through the Arkansas Contractors License Board which requires a surety bond of $15,000 and workers’ compensation coverage. § 17-25-604
 California Yes, a roofer needs to be licensed by the Department of Consumer Affairs Contractors State License Board for projects valued at more than $500. Title 16, Division 8, Article 3
 Colorado No, but roofers are required to have a business license. N/A
 Connecticut No, but roofers must be registered with the Department of Consumer Protection. N/A
 Delaware Yes, a roofer needs to be licensed with the Delaware Division of Revenue for jobs worth more than $50,000. § 2502
 Florida Yes, either as a statewide roofer or a roofer registered in a specific city or county. Click here for more information. § 489.115
 Georgia No. N/A
 Hawaii Yes, a roofer in Hawaii needs a C-42 Roofing Contractor License from the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Professional and Vocational Licensing. § 436B-10
 Idaho No, but roofers must be registered with the Idaho Contractors Board. § 54-5205
 Illinois Yes, a roofer in Illinois must have a license issued by the Department of Professional Regulation. 225 ILCS 335
 Indiana No. N/A
 Iowa No, but roofers who earn more than $2,000 per year must be registered with the Iowa Division of Labor. Chapter 91C
 Kansas No, but roofers must be registered with the Kansas Attorney General. § 50-6,121
 Kentucky No. N/A
 Louisiana Yes, a roofer must have a license to work on a project worth more than $75,000 in home improvement value or repair work worth more than $7,500. § 503
 Maine No, unless the roofer is working with asbestos.

§ 1274-A

 Maryland No, unless the work is considered to be home improvement, in which case it must be licensed by the Maryland Home Improvement Commission. § 8-601
 Massachusetts Yes, a roofer in Massachusetts must be licensed by the State Board of Building Regulations and Standards.

Ninth Edition CMR 780

 

 Michigan Yes, a roofer in Michigan must have a license from the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. § 339.2403
 Minnesota Yes, a roofer must have a license from the Department of Labor and Industry if earning more than $15,000 annually.

§ 326B.805

 Mississippi Yes, a roofer who does a job worth more than $10,000 needs a license from the Mississippi State Board of Contractors. § 73-59-3
 Missouri No, a roofer does not need a license in Missouri, but it’s a good idea to check local laws. N/A
 Montana No, a roofer does not need a license in Montana, but a roofer with employees must register with the Department of Labor and Industry. N/A
 Nebraska No, but roofers must be registered with the Nebraska Department of Labor. § 48-2104
 Nevada Yes, a roofer in Nevada needs a C-15a Roofing Contractor License from the State Contractors Board. NAC 624.320
 New Hampshire No, unless the roofer is working with asbestos. § 1806.03
 New Jersey No, but roofers are required to be registered with the state. § 56:8-138
 New Mexico Yes, a roofer in New Mexico needs a license from the Construction Industries Division. Article 13
 New York No, but check local laws. N/A
 North Carolina Yes, a roofer doing a job worth more than $30,000 needs a license from the North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors. § 87-10
 North Dakota Yes, a roofing license from the Secretary of State of North Dakota is required for jobs valued at $4,000 or more. § 43-07-02
 Ohio No, but check local laws. Chapter 4740
 Oklahoma No, but a roofer must be registered with the state. Title 59
 Oregon Yes, roofers in Oregon need a license from the Construction Contractors Board. Chapter 701
 Pennsylvania No, but check local laws. N/A
 Rhode Island Yes, roofers in Rhode Island need a license from the State of Rhode Island Contractors’ Registration and Licensing Board. § 5-73-3
 South Carolina No, but roofers must be registered with the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. N/A
 South Dakota No, but check local laws. N/A
 Tennessee Yes, roofers in Tennessee need a license from the State of Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Board for Licensing Contractors to work on projects worth more than $25,000. § 62-6-103
 Texas No. N/A
 Utah Yes, roofers in Utah need a license from the Utah Department of Commerce Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing. § 58-55-301
 Vermont No, but check local laws. N/A
 Virginia Yes, roofers working in Virginia need a license from the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation Board of Contractors. § 54.1-1103
 Washington No, but roofers do need to be registered with the Department of Labor and Industries Contractors Registration Section. RCW 18.27.020
Washington D.C.

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West Virginia Yes, roofers must be licensed by the Division of Labor West Virginia Contractor Licensing Board. Chapter 30, Article 42
 Wisconsin No, but roofers working with asbestos must be certified by the Asbestos Unit Bureau of Public Health. Chapter DHS 159
 Wyoming No, but check local laws. N/A

Sample

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ROOFING CONTRACT

I. PARTIES. This Roofing Contract (“Contract”) entered into on [DATE] is between:

Roofer: [ROOFER’S NAME] with a mailing address of [ADDRESS] (“Roofer”) acting as an independent contractor, and

Client: [CLIENT’S NAME] with a mailing address of [ADDRESS] (“Client”).

II. TERMS. The Roofer hereby agrees to perform the following services in exchange for payment from the Client as follows:

III. Services Performed. The Roofer agrees to provide the following roofing services: [SERVICES]

IV. Roofing Location. [ADDRESS]

V. Payment. $[AMOUNT] shall be for the entirety of the services performed.

Installments. Payment shall be made by the Client to the Roofer in 2 installments:

1. $[AMOUNT] upon acceptance of this Contract; and

2. $[AMOUNT] once complete (including clean-up).

VI. Industry Standards. The Roofer agrees to perform their work in the same craftsmanship with current industry standards and under the terms of this Contract.

VII Cleanup. The Roofer agrees to clean up any materials, waste, or excess debris left at the location and leave the property in a similar manner as it was prior to the start of the services.

VIII. Changes to Contract. Any changes made to this Contract must be requested and agreed to, in writing, by both the Client and the Roofer.

The parties hereby signify their agreement to the terms above by their signatures affixed below:

Roofer’s Signature: ____________________________ Date: _______________

Print Name: ____________________________

Client’s Signature: ____________________________ Date: _______________

Print Name: ____________________________

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