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Top 10 Dangers of Hiring an Unlicensed Contractor

Don’t be a victim!

Every day, consumers throughout Florida become victims of unlicensed contractors. People hire unlicensed contractors for various reasons.

Some people are not aware the person they hire is unlicensed. Some don't think to ask because they feel they are in a desperate situation or they just “trust” the contractor.

Generally, people don’t realize the potential financial harm they put themselves, their families and often their homes in, when they hire unlicensed contractors.

1. Poor qualifications. Unlicensed persons typically do not have the education, insurance, or qualification required of a licensee.

2. Poor quality work. Unlicensed contractors typically do poor quality work or do not finish the project, leaving the homeowner on the hook to repair or finish the project.

3. Possible criminal background. Unlicensed persons often have criminal backgrounds that may include fraud, theft, violent crime, sexual offenses, and substance abuse.

4. Likelihood of being the victim of a scam. Unlicensed persons often disappear after taking your money, and the department cannot discipline an unlicensed person, help get your money back, or require the person to finish or improve the work done. Scams in the construction industry, especially home improvement, are sadly widespread. Con artists pose as contractors and often target vulnerable people and take advantage of homeowner’s need for urgent post-hurricane property damage.

5. Limited resources for broken contracts. When you have a dispute with a licensed contractor, you call the department, which has the authority to discipline and even revoke the license. This gives the licensee more incentive to play fair. However, this type of action is not available against unlicensed contractors and homeowners often find the only answer is an expensive, and generally futile, civil suit.

6. No insurance and liability for injuries to others. You may end up being liable for personal or financial injuries to others. An unlicensed contractor typically is uninsured and will have no way to pay you back for any property damage.

7. No coverage under homeowner’s policy. Most homeowner policies require that work must be done by a licensed contractor and provide no coverage for work that is not.

8. Noncompliance with building codes. Most projects, even small ones, require permits and inspections that unlicensed contractors ignore or are unfamiliar with. If your project isn't permitted or doesn’t comply with the building code, you may have to remove or repair the work at your own expense and be subject to fines by local government.

9. Liens being imposed on your property. You may be subject to liens placed on your property by subcontractors or supplies.

10. Noncompliance with building codes. Most projects, even small ones, require permits and inspections that unlicensed contractors ignore or are unfamiliar with. If your project isn’t permitted or doesn’t comply with the building code you may have to remove or repair the work at your own expense and be subject to fines by local government.

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Top 3 Reasons Why You Should Not Pull Your Own Roofing Permit

Pulling an Owner/Builder Permit is Risky!!!

If you have been asked by someone without a contractor’s license to pull a permit, you are at risk of financial harm. Here are three reasons why you should not pull your own permit.
1 – You are responsible for payroll taxes
Section 489.103 (7), Florida Statutes requires that when property owners act as their own contractor, they must supervise the work being performed. Any person working on your home or building who is not licensed must be employed by you. That means you must deduct F.I.C.A. and withholding tax and provide workers’ compensation for that employee.

2 – You are liable for injuries
Without worker’s compensation insurance, you could be held liable for injuries incurred on your property. Typically, your homeowners’ insurance policy will not honor your claim if the work being performed required a licensed contractor. You could end up responsible for thousands of dollars of medical bills.

3 – It is against the law
Section 455.227(1)(j), Florida Statutes prohibits any person from aiding, assisting, procuring, employing or advising any unlicensed person or entity. Individuals who aid unlicensed persons may face fines up to $5,000.

Is it worth it?
For more information, speak with your local building department before you apply for a permit or contact the Department of Business and Professional Regulation at 850-487-1395 or online at

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Does your home need a new roof?

If you notice any of these key signs, then you may need a new roof!

■ Missing, Cracked or Curling Shingles
Possible Cause: Shingles have reached their useful life.

■ Excessive Energy Costs
Possible Cause: Insufficient attic ventilation which causes the heating and cooling system to run excessively.

■Dark or "Dirty Looking" Areas on Roof
Possible Cause: Loss of granules due to age of shingles; vegetation, fungus or algae growth; environmental pollutants.

■Stains on Interior Ceiling and Walls or Mold and Mildew Growth
Possible Cause: Inadequate or faulty shingle underlayment allowing leakage or inadequate ventilation.

■Leakage in Attic after Driving Rain
Possible Cause: Deteriorated flashings or inadequate underlayment.

■Blistering and/or Peeling of Outside Paint
Possible Cause: Excessive moisture or high humidity due to poor attic ventilation.

■Roof Shingle, Sheathing, and/or Siding Decay
Possible Cause: Poor attic ventilation.

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How to Read a Residential Roofing Proposal

Replacing your roof is one of the costliest and most important purchases you will make for your home. Your roof is the only barrier between Mother Nature and your family and personal belongings. Therefore, when your roof wears out or gets damaged during a storm, it is imperative to replace it immediately. Finding a reputable and licensed roofing contractor is the most important factor associated with the purchase. Making sure you understand the roofing proposal is a close second. A roofing proposal should be comprehensive and free of any ambiguous language.

The first thing you need to do when you receive a roofing proposal is look at the paper on which it was printed. If you received a proposal written on the back of a business card or a piece of notebook paper, then throw it away. If the contractor does not take the time to give you a detailed proposal that looks professional, then he will not take the time to be detailed or professional during the roof replacement. You do not want to hire a contractor that cuts corners before he even starts the project.

If the proposal appears professional, then you need to verify that the contractor has listed his/her license number on the proposal. The license number should match the contractor’s name. In the state of Florida, you can verify a contractor’s license information by going to the Florida Department of Business and Regulation’s website: If the license number does not match your contractor’s name, then you need to contact the contractor and ask for clarification. In the state of Florida, it is illegal to perform a roof replacement without a roofing license. Furthermore, it is illegal to hire an unlicensed contractor and homeowners will get penalized by the state of Florida and/or their local municipality.

After you have verified the contractor’s license, you need to make sure that the contractor’s contact information is listed on the proposal. Most professional contractors will display basic company contact information, as well as a logo and website on the proposal. If the contractor’s proposal does not list company contact information, at the very least, make sure the contractor has listed a working office phone number on the proposal. A cell phone number is great to have when you need to contact the field personnel that will be working on your project: foreman, supervisor, or laborers. However, an office phone number gives you assurance that the contractor has the necessary administrative support to ensure that your roof will be replaced properly.

Now that you have verified the basics, you need to look at the nuts and bolts of the proposal: the scope of work and materials to be utilized on the project. This is the area where certain elements might be excluded; which can leave you with a large change order. This may seem obvious, but make sure the contractor states that he will remove the entire existing roof system, including the underlayment, flashing(s), vent system, drip edge, and roof covering (shingles, tile, metal, modified bitumen, etc.). Next, make sure the contractor states that he will inspect all the existing sheathing (decking) for damage. Furthermore, he should state that all damaged sheathing (decking) will be replaced and that the sheathing (decking) will be nailed to current Florida building code. When you are replacing your roof, it is crucial that the sheathing is free of water damage. Otherwise, your new roofing system will fail.

After the contractor has explained that he will remove the entire existing roof system, the contractor should explain, in detail, how he is going to install the new roof system and what materials he will utilize. Your contractor should list the brand name, style, size, and color of each component of the roofing system. A typical sloped roof system will have the following components: underlayment, penetration flashings, drip edge, vent system, and roof covering (shingles, metal, tile, etc.). Below is a sample of a comprehensive scope for a sloped roof replacement:
• Contractor will pull all applicable permits, record notice of commencement, and schedule all applicable inspections with the municipality.
• Remove existing roof system, including shingles, underlayment, flashing, vent system, and drip edge.
• Contractor will put all roofing debris in a dumpster, provided by roofing contractor.
• Inspect existing sheathing (OSB, plywood, or dimensional lumber) for damage.
• Replace all damaged sheathing and nail to current Florida building code.
• On clean deck, install TAMKO No 30 ASTM felt underlayment.
• Install all new neoprene and lead penetration flashings.
• Install 6” drip edge, in customer’s choice of color.
• Install 40 squares of GAF Timberline HD shingles, in customer’s choice of color, utilizing GAF Pro-Start start strips (instead of a 3-tab starter) to maximize roof life expectancy.
• Install 60” of GAF Cobra Ridge Runner ridge vents, utilizing GAF Seal-A-Ridge cap shingles to maximize life expectancy, aesthetic value, and energy efficiency.
• Property to be cleaned on a daily basis: bushes, flowers, and shrubs to be protected at all times from damage or roofing debris.
• At end of project, a magnet will be used to pick up any roofing nails or fasteners that may have fallen into the yard.

Depending upon your roof system, your proposal may or may not contain all of the components listed in the above scope. Additionally, your contractor may suggest using extra components, such as a peel-and-stick underlayment in the valley areas. On the other hand, your contractor may put exclusions in the scope, or areas in which the contractor will not perform work. Many roofing contractors will not replace satellite dishes or replace skylights, unless instructed to do so. It is important that you understand all of the work the contractor is proposing to perform and materials that the contractor is proposing to use on your roof replacement project. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask the contractor. Never assume that a contractor is going to do something that is not listed on the proposal; always get it in writing. A quality contractor will take the time to explain everything in detail.

When you have familiarized yourself with the scope and materials, you need to look at the proposal price. If the contractor hands you a proposal with a price that looks too good to be true; then it probably is. First, check to see what, if any, exclusions are in the proposal price. Does the contractor pay for permit fees, inspection fees, disposal fees, and sales tax? Don’t assume; make sure it is put into writing on the proposal. Does the contractor charge extra for damaged sheathing and dimensional lumber replacement? A lot of contractors charge extra for damaged sheathing and dimensional lumber replacement. In most cases, it is difficult to determine the exact amount of damaged sheathing during the initial inspection. Therefore, contractors would rather give you an estimate of the amount of damaged sheathing up front. Then during the tear-off process, they will inform you of the actual amount of damaged sheathing and they will give you a change order. As a homeowner, you can prevent having to pay for fraudulent amounts of damaged sheathing by demanding that the contractor document all damaged sheathing. The contractor should give you photos that are date, time, and location stamped.

Next, you will want to locate the payment terms of the proposal. If the contractor requires a hefty down payment or full payment up front, you should be leery. That’s a good signal that the contractor is financially unsound and may not be able to finish your roof replacement. (A down payment of 10% -30% is standard in the roofing industry.) Make sure the proposal states how the contractor will manage change orders. Will payment for the change order be due upon receipt or at the end of the project? If the contractor performs additional work for items not included in the original scope, such as damaged sheathing, soffit repair or guttering system replacement, make sure you understand the payment terms of the change order.

The final, but not the least important, aspect of the roofing proposal is the legal jargon. This is the section of the proposal that will contain such items as the proposal cancellation terms, late payment collection terms, project delay terms, legal fee terms, and arbitration terms. Additionally, in the state of Florida, any proposal that is over $2,500 is legally obligated to include a clause that informs the homeowner of the Florida lien law.

Once you have familiarized yourself with the roofing proposal, you will be ready to make an informed decision regarding the proposal. If you agree to all the terms in the proposal, you can sign it and look forward to enjoying your new roof. If you do not agree to any or all of the terms in the proposal, contact the contractor and negotiate with him. Most contractors will negotiate certain proposal terms. If you have any questions regarding the proposal, do not hesitate to ask the contractor or ask your attorney for assistance. A roofing proposal should be detailed and professional looking. Remember, if a contractor hands you a proposal that looks too good to be true; then it probably is.
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Squirrels – Cute Creatures or Maniacal Miscreants?

Whether you fancy the four-legged furballs, with their bushy tails and puffy cheeks, or devise ways to keep the devious evil-doers off your property, one thing is certain: squirrels love to chew on lead roof flashings.

One would think the toxicity of the lead would lead to certain death, but alas that doesn’t seem to be true for the toothsome terrors. The lead flashings attract squirrels, just like honey attracts flies. The edges of the flashings are perfectly molded and entice the squirrels to chew and chew and chew until your lead flashing deteriorates and resembles a piece of swiss cheese. Once they have gnawed all your lead flashings to nubs and scraps not worthy of recycling, they’ll move on to other nefarious acts.

What could be worse than having your roof flashings eaten to non-existence? How about hosting a party in your attic and walls for all the neighborhood pests? How about turning your attic into a pool? Although little Johnny and Susie may jump for joy at the prospect of having a new pet (or hundred) and they would probably love having their very own indoor pool (bragging rights!), you may not be so happy. When the lead flashings are gnawed to nubs and your roof penetrations are left unprotected, you run the risk of causing major damage to your home.

Unprotected flashings allow water to seep into your home. Water damage stinks, literally. When you have a slow leak in your home or attic, it could take weeks or months to notice any signs of water intrusion. During that time, the water is slowly working its way into your attic, insulation, framing, and walls and causing all sorts of destruction. Do you suffer from allergies? Then you really won’t like the mold, fungus, and bacteria that will multiply and spread rampantly through your house. Do you cringe at the thought of inhaling the fumes of a dirty gym sock? Then you will hate the dank aroma that will penetrate every room of your house.

If you aren’t a fan of unexpected water intrusion, then how about playing host to hundreds of pests? That’s exactly what will happen if your flashings are damaged and unprotected. Ants, spiders, termites, cockroaches, snakes, mice, rats, squirrels, and other unwelcome houseguests will intrude upon home; turning your personal sanctuary into a bug and rodent infested resort. They’ll start out in your attic and quickly spread out in hopes of finding food and shelter. When your house-crashers are feeling comfortable, they will start multiplying…like rabbits.

If you are sufficiently creeped out and wondering if your lead flashings are squirrel bait, then continue reading and you’ll learn how to protect your home from intrusive water and pests.

Flashings come in two options: lead and neoprene. As you’ve discovered, squirrels love lead flashings. However, they turn their noses up at neoprene flashings. If you have lead flashings, don’t fret. You have a couple of options to deplete your squirrel smorgasbord.

First, you can easily replace your lead flashings with inexpensive neoprene flashings. Neoprene flashings can be found at most home improvement stores or roofing supply stores. The only type of lead flashing that cannot be replaced is a power flashing. (Neoprene and electrical lines just don’t mix.)

Second, you can retrofit your lead flashings with a plastic cover. There are many options available and they come in a variety of sizes and colors. The covers are inexpensive and easy to install. Most roofing supply stores carry a variety of lead flashing covers.

If you are concerned about your lead flashings, you should have them inspected by a licensed roofing contractor. After inspection, the roofing contractor will tell you which options are best suited for your home and will install your preferred choice. Then you can rest assured knowing that your roof is no longer a buffet for squirrels.

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