The importance of proven quality relates to investment
value, but a lack of information can lead to hiring the wrong
contractor offering a cheap price production throw-on project (Paid
several times over) resulting from premature failures, linked to safety
hazards, and employee injuries without Work Comp insurance; therefore,
knowledge links to understanding investment value.
Cheap price reality relates to production worker's paid for their volume compared with hourly employee's paid for their quality. However, CHEAP often relates to using mixed/matched
materials, and products unfit for the project; installed without warranty. Cutting corners using
undocumented, unsupervised, and often careless workers.
Furthermore, manufactures exclude Underlayment (roof felt) warranty for areas around flashing; thereby resulting a project performed under a warranty that is less than satisfactory!
documented in images and informative material throughout this site; we
focus on value performed by a supervised journey-level experienced
workforce operating under Worker's Comp, producing quality linked to investment value, which is what our
consumers really care about.
Don't be fooled;
verify their credentials, scope of work, how they operate, their
general liability, and Workers Comp Insurance, or a certificate of self insured; just in case you hired the wrong contractor!
Contractors operating with production pieceworkersare required by law to carry Workers Comp or a certificate of self insured, regardless of their independent pieceworker status. State Fund Audits include; Federal Tax Returns with attachments i.e. 1040 Schedule C, Corp 1120, etc. as well as one of the following: 1) General Ledger, 2) Check Ledger or Canceled Checks in numerical order with Bank Payments, 3) Records of Cash Payments, 4) Sub-contractors Certifications of Insurance, and 5) License Numbers and payment records involving 1099's and the 1096 (If issued).
"Construction is a dangerous business"Protect Your Investment, Don't Be Fooled! If you're looking for a low-price, you'll probably eliminate the experts with credibility. "If your acting as your own contractor (Owner/Builder), you become an Employer and must comply with State and Federal regulations."
Consumer Protection: Contractors get more complaints with the (BBB) then almost any other business sector. In 2006, the (CSLB) reported an estimated 56% of the State Licensed C-39 Roofing Contractors operated without Workers Comp Insurance.Assembly Bill (AB) 881 amends Section 7125 of the Business and Professions Code signed into law effective January 1, 2007 - Stipulates "Workers Compensation Insurance" is required for all (C-39) State Licensed Roofing Contractors or a valid Certification of Self-insurance whether or not they have employees. No exemptions will be granted.
The Fair Competition Act The Business and Professions Code 7027.1 - stipulates; "Advertising without a valid license in class advertised is against the law." The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Section 5 of the Act ref: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/buspubs/ruleroad.htm - stipulates, "Publishers and Advertising agencies are required by law to do diligence to promote fair competition." They should not simply rely on an advertiser's assurance that the claims are substantiated. Advertising must tell the truth and not mislead consumers. The FTC worksfor the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop and avoid them.
The State Attorney's Generals Office requires "Fictitious Business Names" to be registered, which if not registered creates a traceability risk to consumers due to their ability to slip through the cracks to be included in local Yellow Page Directories, New Paper classified ads, as well as internet advertisements under Contractor categories; allowing the lawbreaker an ability to compete against the law-abiding contractor for your project!
"Deck Waterproofing and the Painter"
The C-33 Painting and Decorating state licensed contractor is excluded from performing projects involving: 1) Deck substrate dry rot replacement, 2) Rough or finish carpentry, 3) Deck to wall flashing, and counter flashing, 4) Edge metal flashing, 5) Deck drain and deck drainage repairs, including scupper drains, 6) Raised deck cricket to improve drainage, 7) Door threshold and step-down flashing, 8) Railing repairs or replacement, to include but not limited to other multi-trade operations. Article sited: CSLB trade classifications C33 - Painting and Decorating Contractor
In addition, the supplier as well as the product manufacture may require the contractor to be licensed for that specific trade, and without that certification, there may be no product warranty. Moreover, "If you've hired the C33 Painting & Decorating license contractor to correct these issues, you may have hired a contractor working out of classification"
Even though you may have paid your contractor in full, a mechanic's lien could lead to the sale of your property in order to pay a billfor services rendered on your property that was not paid by your contractor...
Owner/Builder: It is not illegal for a homeowner to act as an owner/builder. However, unless you have a lot of experience in construction or have the support of someone that has that experience, the (CSLB) recommends hiring a legitimate licensed Contractor; otherwise Homeowners can face very serious legal and financial problems. The Contractors State License Board (CSLB)requires all contractors to list their license number when advertising!
Before hiring an unlicensed contractor,consider the distinct possibility for construction defects linked to safey hazards, which the homeowner can become responsible for!
Mechanic's Lien: Mechanic's lien could lead to the sale of your property in order to pay a bill for service that was not paid by your contractor.
Natural disasters attract scam artist's operating without insurance.
Construction is a dangerous business; don't become subjected to Employee Injury litigation linked to the potential loss of your property.
Hire only seasoned licensed contractors operating with Workers Comp or a certificate of self insured, and General Liability naming the property owner as additional insured; just in case you hired the wrong contractor.