Should You Trust A Roofer Without An RCAT License?

March 12, 2024

The RCAT License – Your Shield
Against Shoddy Roofing

When It Comes To Your Roof,
Peace Of Mind Is Everything

In Texas, including the greater Houston area, anyone can call themselves a roofer with zero training, experience, or insurance. You don’t even need a license to operate. Have a ladder and some business cards? Congratulations! You’re a roofer!

Sadly, this loophole can lead to inexperienced contractors taking on projects they aren’t fully qualified for. Fortunately, at Houston Roofing & Construction, we voluntarily maintain licensure with The Roofing Contractor Association of Texas (RCAT) – passing rigorous tests and meeting exacting standards.

But it doesn’t end there. Once we obtain a license, we have to complete ongoing annual training to keep it. This helps to elevate the standards of professionalism and accountability within the roofing industry, so you can feel confident your new roof stays healthy with our due diligence.

The RCAT Licensing Process

To get an RCAT license, Texas roofers must maintain a track record of at least three years of continuous operations within the state.

Whether you hire us for residential roofing or commercial roofing, the RCAT has strict requirements to ensure you get the highest-quality results possible.

Financial Responsibility

Roofers with an RCAT License must have a physical address for their business and provide evidence of adequate financial responsibility. This includes carrying the following insurance:

  • Commercial contractors: $500,000 combined single limit general liability insurance or the ability to obtain a $100,000 surety bond, property bond, or irrevocable letter of credit.
  • Residential contractors: $300,000 combined single limit general liability insurance or the ability to obtain a $100,000 surety bond, property bond, or irrevocable letter of credit.

We also need to carry Workers’ Compensation or another insurance plan that meets the requirements of Texas law (as outlined in State of Texas form DWC Form-005).

Staying Educated

RCAT requires its elite roofers to pass a business and safety knowledge exam, for both residential and commercial roofing, with a score of at least 70%.

After that, RCAT-licensed roofers must complete ongoing annual education courses to stay sharp and maintain licensure. While these standards are open to all, some choose not to pursue them.

However, we believe meeting the education requirement to maintain an RCAT license is a valuable indicator for Houston homeowners. It’s a way to ensure that your roofing contractor is up-to-date with the latest roofing technologies and best practices.

When you hire an RCAT-licensed roofer, you can be sure you’re getting a truly educated contractor – not just a fly-by-night operation.

We take our professionalism and integrity up a notch by heavily investing in our project managers. Unlike some Houston roofing companies that outsource project management, we employ our own project managers who also undergo continuous training to stay experts in their field.

Best-In-Class Roofing

Repairing or replacing your roof is a big decision. Don’t settle for uncertainty! Our status as an RCAT-licensed contractor gives you peace of mind knowing that we have a PROVEN commitment to accountability and quality.

If you’re in the greater Houston area, we invite you to contact us and schedule a free roof inspection. Let’s give your home the beautiful, durable roof it deserves!

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