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Roofing Contractors Association of Texas Licensing Program
You may be shocked to find out that there are only 21 States that require Licensing for Roofing Contractors and Texas is not one of those states. Although we are not required by the State to hold a License, State Roofing Co. has held a License through the Roofing Contractors Association of Texas. RCAT started a licensing program for roofing contractors in the State of Texas that requires members to be evaluated each year and requires contractors to complete continuing education courses to stay a licensed member. The Roofing Contractors Association of Texas “is a statewide trade association of roofing and waterproofing contractors. This group of professionals collectively represents the voice of the roofing and waterproofing industry in Texas. RCAT’s mission is to help its members operate successfully by providing continuing education, industry contacts and networking, a forum for governmental and public relations and consumer awareness.” (Welcome. (2015). Retrieved September 10, 2018, from http://roofingcontractors-texas.com/) When Selecting a Roofing Contractor, ask them if they are a Licensed member of the Roofing Contractors Association of Texas! In order to become a member of the Roofing Contractors Association of Texas you must have a Texas office location for a minimum of One year. In addition, you must submit credit/business references, Submit proof of financial responsibility, including insurance or bonding, workers compensation and a completed applicant statement. All members of the Roofing Contractors Association as well have to go through a background check and pass the Licensing program. Is your roofing contractor a licensed member of the Roofing Contractors Association of Texas?
Don’t forget about your gutters!
As we enter the Fall rain season the condition of your gutters are important. Do you have sufficient downspouts and downspout size? Gutter companies are notorious for bidding jobs and leaving out the right number of downspouts and under-sizing them. Additional downspouts are costly and leaving them out gives them the low bid advantage.
With rains coming you need to have your gutters cleaned and joints sealed. And don’t forget to flush out your downspouts and underground drains that they are connected to.
Water flowing over the back of your gutter system can damage fascia and soffit. This can become a costly repair and allow water intrusion into your home.
And as always, use ladder safety. Let your certified and trained contractors do the work.
Homeowners beware! Your roof flashing may not be the cause of the leak!
Continued rainfall saturate your brick chimney and mortar joints. Water intrusion through the brick and mortar bypasses the industry flashing details and causes damage. Sheet rock, insulation, framing structures and contents are all at risk because there are no weep holes in brick chimneys to allow evaporation. This damage can also occur to brick walls and areas around window.
Maintenance to areas will help prevent damages from occuring. There is a clear sealant on the market specifically designed to seal masonry and applies similar to deck sealant. This product repels rain water and prevents absorption. Annual application might be necessary.
Not all insurance companies cover water damage. Call your agent and inquire. Also, make sure your policy has prepared you for hail, wind, tornadoes and hurricanes. Ask about your deductible and confirm that you have a replacement cost value policy. Don’t forget about flood insurance!