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How to Start a Roofing Business 1-2-3

Roofing can be challenging work, but roof construction and repair jobs are hired out year-round. Many contractors do not enjoy doing roofing projects, so there is a business opportunity for those of who do,

Owning your own roofing business involves more than just constructing roofs. You need to know how to advertise to get clients, how to bid work, invoice customers, hire workers, handle bookkeeping, taxes, get the proper licensing and insurance, etc...

Starting a roofing business can seem overwhelming at first, but learning how the whole business management process works will eliminate many of the questions and frustrations that you have.

First things first. As a roofing business, you'll need to have a contractor's license. You can check requirements and procedures by state at the Contractor's License Reference Site (www.contractors-license.org).


You don't need a college degree to run a roofing business, but online education programs can help you learn additional skills with minimal cost. You have the convenience of learning on your own schedule. You can take basic courses or more specialized courses like green roofing methods, which can give your roofing business a leg up on the competition. The National Roofing Contractors Association offers several training courses at their site (www.ncra.net).


A roofing business may need several types of insurance, depending on whether you hire employees, drive a vehicle for business, etc. Online insurance networks are a good way to get an idea of the type of insurance you'll need and how much it will cost. You can get free insurance quotes here. You can compare coverage from several different providers and be able to get answers from some quick research before contacting an insurance agent or stepping foot in an insurance office.

Supplies and Equipment:

You'll need a company vehicle to get to jobs. Other supplies for roofing work include items like ladders, roofing nailers, hammer tackers, roofing shingle removers, knives, adjustable roofing brackets, pneumatic air hoses, chalk line reels and of course safety gear.

Your Office:

It's a good idea to set aside some of your business budget for office equipment also. A computer, printer and an internet connection will enable you to manage accounting records, create and print proposals and invoices for customers, build a website to help market your business and more.

You have the option to outsource these tasks to others rather than doing the work yourself - but if you are starting a business and trying to cut expenses, doing at least some of the work yourself can save you lots of money.

David Deschaine is a home improvement expert with over 25 years of experience. If you want to start your own roofing contractor business, you can save yourself countless hours simply by applying his knowledge into your own business.

Click here to get his FREE 25-Page Roofing Business Manual

Marketing Your Roofing Business

Advertise Your Roofing Business with Signs
Roofers can use signs to advertise in multiple ways. First, get a car magnet and attach it to your vehicle. Second, use a yard sign to promote your services while you are working on-site. Third, use banners or window decals to advertise at your place of business. And there are more ways... Find out how to do it for cheap.

Get a Website
Set up a simple website for under $50/year to advertise your roof services. Help people find you in the search engines: get listed in 20 search engines for free or in 300 search engines for $4.

Use Local Resources to Advertise
Local Search is becoming more and more popular. People are many times using online search instead of the traditional yellow pages to find local businesses. Local Search sources that are affordable and receive substantial traffic include: Google Local, Yelp, Super Pages and Insider Pages.

Many contractors also use online merchant networks, where consumers go to find all sorts of home building and maintenance services. Merchants can list information about their companies and services, and they pay to receive leads of interested customers read to buy.

Roofing Business Associations
  • National Roofing Contractors Association (www.ncra.net)
    NRCA is a roofing trade association and authority in the roofing industry for information, education, technology and advocacy.
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