As Floridians begin the task of resuming their day-to-day lives,
many will find it difficult to have their roof systems repaired in
a timely manner. Some homeowners have reported three-month waiting
lists for receiving estimates, which means many roof systems may
not be repaired until spring.
Roofing contractors in Florida are swamped with work, obviously,
and the state is in dire need of help from contractors in other
states. But there is a catch: Florida's licensing law requires all
roofing work to be performed by licensed Florida contractors, and
the state's requirements for licensing are fairly rigorous and
include passing an exam. Out-of-state contractors can earn licenses
in Florida, but they cannot perform work as subcontractors for
licensed Florida contractors. The law has left the state in a bind:
It must either relax its laws or face the fact that many of its
residents will have to live and work in homes and businesses in
Recognizing the plight, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush issued two
executive orders in an attempt to get roofing work completed more
quickly. The first allows licensed residential, building and
general contractors to perform roof system repairs and reroofing
applications (the order does not include metal or tile roof
systems) in counties affected by Hurricane Charley. The second
order allows local jurisdictions to issue limited specialty roofing
licenses to in-state and out-of-state contractors who present
affidavits of competency from their respective jurisdictions'
building officials and prove they have Florida workers'
compensation and general liability insurance. The 90-day license
applies to installation of wood shakes and asphalt shingles.
NRCA and the Florida Roofing, Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning
Contractors Association (FRSA) believe that though Bush's executive
orders will help the situation, more can be done. NRCA's Executive
Vice President Bill Good sent a letter to Bush urging him to make
it even easier for out-of-state contractors to perform work in
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