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Roofing Contractor Forms. Roof Certification Form and Your Roofing Co

Roof Certification Inspection

Roof Certs, Roofing Certification Form, Certification of Roof Covering Form, no matter what you call it, this form and the roof certification process, is critical to most residential real estate sales.

WHAT IS A ROOF CERTIFICATION? 

Before most lenders will write a loan for an existing home, whether it is a re-finance or new purchase, FHA, and HUD require  that the entire roof surface be certified to "find that the roof is in good condition for it's age, does not leak and has an estimated remaining useful life of over 2 years."  Usually, the roof "certifier" is also required to guarantee this by providing a 2-year, no leak guarantee.  If the roof leaks in this two year period, the certifier is required to fix any leak at no charge provided the leak is not the result of physical damage to the roof from whatever source.  

WHO DOES A ROOF CERTIFICATION?

While Appraisers and Home Inspectors often make notes about the condition of a roof when they are filling out their reports, a roof certification must be done by someone who will stand behind the certification. If the roof leaks during the period it is certified for, the person or company that made the certification is obligated to fix the leak or... HAVE the leak fixed at their expense, as stated above.  Therefore, most roof certifications are done by roofing contractors as they are equipped to make any repairs.  Also, a professional roofing contractor has the necessary expertise and skills needed to make sure the roof will last the required 2-years. 

ROOFING CONTRACTORS THIS CAN BE A GREAT BUSINESS TO GET INTO!

There are many roofing contractors who do nothing but Roof Certifications and the work related to these. Typically, the price for a basic roof certification, with no remedial repairs, ranges from $150 to $350 and that is for only an hour or two's work! If repairs or even a re-roof are needed, usually the roofing contractor certifying the roof, does the work. So you can see this can be a VERY lucrative direction any roofing contractor might want to take their business.

WHAT DO ROOFING CONTRACTORS NEED TO DO ROOF CERTIFICATIONS?

Roof Certification, just like any home inspection services, can benefit greatly by using a software program designed to assist in this process. 

 

Of course you will need the right roof certification form and having this in a software program is critical. Also, those doing roof certifications will need a way to easily and inexpensively, include photos of the roof and any problem areas with their certification. Particularly helpful is a way to transmit the roof certification form, the photos, and other documents to the property owner, realtor, and/or financial institution, electronically.

 

Roofing Contractor performing a roof certification.

A roofing contractors form software program that can easily "drag and drop" photos to a form designed for photos, and that includes the necessary, approved, roofing certification form(s) and other documents, with the capabilities of converting all these documents to a secure PDF file for easy transmittal by email, is important to the success of any roofing contractor going into the roof certification business.

 

Nothing will say "amateur" like a roof certification filled in by hand with Polaroid pictures attached, and of course, these must be faxed, hand delivered or mailed to the client. With a PDF, you do not even have to go to the expense of PRINTING out the certification documents and photos! Any hard copies will be printed out by the recipient of the emailed PDF files!

  

Do you have questions about roof certification forms and how they are used?  Thinking about a roofing contractors form software program for handling your job photos, your paperwork- both insurance and day-to-day, and "sending" these by email? Please post questions and comments below!

 

Comments

I didn't realize that roof certifications have a warranty to protect the homeowner. This is amazing because it helps build trust in the market place.
Posted @ Monday, August 22, 2011 4:39 PM by Paul
Thanks for sharing this article, its just what I was looking for. I have been working on this extra storage shed that needs a roofing contractor to come finish it and then we can finish up with the shingles we just need help with the trusses. Its been a great project!
Posted @ Thursday, January 17, 2013 10:43 AM by jessesToons
Thanks so much for posting this great information! I have been really looking for a great roofing contractor in albuquerque for my new home... Hopefully, I'll be able to find exactly what i'm looking for in the future!
Posted @ Friday, March 01, 2013 3:46 PM by Hilary
I got many new information after reading this blog post.
Posted @ Saturday, March 30, 2013 1:58 AM by Roof Repair Austin
This actually cleared up somethings I didn't know about roofing in Calgary that I was to afraid to ask about, because I didn't want to sound stupid.
Posted @ Thursday, July 25, 2013 12:56 PM by Phil
At last i have got a wonderful article which is very essential for me as well. I will come to you to know the handy article and i must follow the discussion. Thanks a lot mate.  
Amari Brian
Posted @ Wednesday, September 18, 2013 1:52 AM by Andre Bryant
Good blog and i like it very much,i will share it.
Posted @ Thursday, November 28, 2013 11:52 PM by EPDM Rubber Roofing
Thank you! This article answered a lot of my questions. i have been looking into http://www.personalhomebuilders.com/ but wanted to have a little research before making any big decision.
Posted @ Thursday, January 09, 2014 6:26 PM by Elisa Jed
This is a great article. Shingle roofs can reach the end of their life very quickly. Not everyone is aware of this roof certification form, thanks for sharing.
Posted @ Sunday, March 30, 2014 6:29 PM by Richard Larner
Am I right in assuming this roof certification is only for the home roof and not for pergola roofing, gazebo's or other backyard roof's.
Posted @ Sunday, March 30, 2014 6:37 PM by Richard Larner
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