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What it Takes to Get a California Roofing License

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Roofing License California - Getting a Roofing License in The Golden State

One of the aspects of the American way of life that makes it great, but at times so tedious when it comes to building anything on your property, is regulatory constraints. Of course, most regulations are put in place to protect consumers, so we grit our teeth and accept them. In fact, there are so many regulations in our country that they can make a contractor’s head spin. According to USNews, it would take you about 23,000 hours to read all the regulatory restrictions— some of which govern the practices and products used in roof construction, repair, and installation.

California got its nickname, “The Golden State” from the Gold Rush, as did San Francisco’s NFL team… the “49ers,” which marks the year 1849 when the first prospectors arrived in the state. Since then, The Golden State has surely proven to be a land of riches thanks to its vibrant industries, from the entertainment capital of Hollywood to the tech capital in Silicon Valley. In fact, California is so well off it has the nation’s largest population as well as about 10% of all the detached single-family homes (a.k.a. houses) in the country — 8 million!

California Roofing License Requirements:

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  • Proof of 4+ years of recent experience as a journeyman roofer, supervisor, or foreman
  • Take and pass a roofing specialist exam
  • $15,000 surety bond (a pledge to comply with the provisions of Division 3 Chapter 9 of the Business and Professions Code)
  • Listed on the Contractors State License Board (CSLB)
  • Obtain the C-39 California Roofing Contractor license (contingent on passing the exam)
  • A license can be issued to a business partnership, a corporation, a limited liability company, a joint venture, or an individual, such as a Responsible Managing Employee (RME) or someone with at least 20% ownership in the company which he or she represents.
  • Visit CSLB for more information on California Roofing License Requirements

California Roofers Face "Regulation-mania"

California Roofing License requirements

Take a wild guess of which state has the most regulations. If you chose California, you’re (of course) right. But, the regulations on contractors, including roofing professionals in California, are on the books for good reason. Roofing isn’t just a building part with a purpose, it’s a vital structure that protects people and possessions inside of a home or commercial establishment. In California, everything from fires and earthquakes, and even the Santa Ana winds, pose threats to property owners and risk to insurance companies when it comes to keeping “the lid” on a home or building. California wants to make sure that contractors specializing in roofing are indeed specialists and not just ambitious hacks who may not know the proper procedures for building or installing roofs.

Roofing contractors operating in the State of California must hold a license if they intend to work on any roofing project valued at over $500 including labor and materials. That’s would be just about ANY roof project other than minor repairs. As in many other states, roofing contractors in California are classified as Class C Specialty Contractors and they need a license specific to their line of work. These licenses are issued by the Contractors State License Board of the California Dept. of Consumer Affairs.

C-39 for California Roofing Contractors. What Is It?

“A roofing contractor installs products and repairs surfaces that seal, waterproof and weatherproof structures. This work is performed to prevent water or its derivatives, compounds, or solids from penetrating such protection and gaining access to material or space beyond. In the course of this work, the contractor examines and/or prepares surfaces and uses the following material: asphalt, pitch, tar, felt, glass fabric, urethane foam, metal roofing systems, flax, shakes, shingles, roof tile, slate, or any other roofing, waterproofing, weatherproofing or membrane material(s) or a combination thereof.”

A California Roofing Contractors License Shows You’re “Legit”

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Any contractor trying to operate without a license should be a clear “red flag” for property owners. Performing costly roof repairs and installations without a roofing license in California is a likely indicator that the contractor may provide a customer with inadequate paperwork, including contracts. They may also be negligent of required permits, and not forthcoming with warranties and insurance.

iRoofing Helps You Operate a Top-Notch Roofing Business in The Golden State

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A California roofing license is just the first step to proving your expertise and legitimacy as a reliable, professional roofing pro. Roofing software that harnesses the satellite and aerial imagery needed to conveniently create DIY roof takeoffs and instantly turn them into estimates can help you bid more and close more jobs!

The DIY Roofing App That’s Taking CA by Storm

  • iRoofing helps California roofing contractors bid more and close more jobs!
  • The app harnesses the satellite and HD aerial imagery needed to conveniently create DIY roof takeoffs
  • Integrates with drones to capture, store, and measure from property images
  • Instantly turns roof measurements into accurate estimates
    Contains the industries most extensive catalog of roofing products
  • Creates realistic, new simulations using images of any California roof
  • Features an easy CRM to keep up with client appointments
  • Stores all measurements, documents, and images within client profiles
  • The cost of the software is one flat monthly fee, good for 3 users!
    Works on iPhones, iPads, Android phones, or tables, plus lets you measure from a laptop or desktop PC.

iRoofing lets California roofing contractors perform an unlimited number of roof measurements, estimates, and realistic new roof simulations… all at a flat monthly fee applicable to 3 users, not just one! Every tool in the app, including its easy CRM, extensive roofing products catalog, and dynamic digital sales presentation feature, can be used on an iPhone, iPad, Android phone, or tablet. The roof measurement feature can also be accessed by iRoofong subscribers online, from a connected laptop or desktop PC.

With roofing software, California roofers are in the driver’s seat when it comes to beating the competition to the draw, looking exceedingly professional, and keeping property owners happy and impressed!

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