Oklahomans who’ve had their homes and other property damaged in the latest round of storms need to be cautious when it comes to hiring someone to make roofing repairs. Failing to check out a roofer’s credentials could leave property owners out thousands of dollars with little or nothing to show for it.
Senator Dan Newberry, Chairman of the Senate Business and Commerce Committee, authored the 2010 Roofing Contractor Registration Act to require roofers to register with the Oklahoma Construction Industries Board (CIB). In the wake of the state’s most recent round of hail storms, he’s urging citizens to take advantage of this law to avoid being ripped-off.
“Before contracting with a roofer, you need to make sure they have a CIB number. This verifies that the roofing company has met the requirements to be licensed for business in Oklahoma, including proof of liability insurance, workers comp insurance and other qualifications,” said Newberry, R-Tulsa. “You can verify the company’s registration by calling the CIB directly or by going to their website.”
Newberry said fly-by-night roofers often flock to a state after storms cause extensive property damage. Some of those roofers demand partial or full payment up front, but never complete the work. He said the Roofing Contractor Registration Act gives consumers a way to avoid disreputable companies.
“The whole idea is to make it easier to find out who is legitimate and who isn’t,” Newberry said. “In addition to verifying CIB registration, it’s never a bad idea to check with friends and neighbors about any recommendations they may have, as well as the Better Business Bureau. Taking just a little bit of time to ensure you are dealing with a reputable roofer is well worth the effort.”
To verify if a roofer is registered to do business in Oklahoma, call the CIB at 405-521-6550, or toll-free at 877-484-4424. You can also verify registration online at http://cibverify.ok.gov/