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Compliance Issues


Consumer Alert


Beware of Non-Compliant Re-Roofing Proposals 

An alarming trend is occurring in the local area. Homeowners who are seeking bids are being presented with non-compliant defective re-roofing proposals that do not contain the clear and specific language describing the scopes of work required to:

1. Comply with current building codes

2. Comply with roofing material manufacturer’s written specifications for warranties or to comply with basic high trade standards for re-roofing.

Although your Dept. of Building & Safety, your Contractors State License Board, the state and local Roofing Trade Associations and the Material Manufacturers all require the roofing contractor to be the “Expert” in their trade, to protect the Consumer/Homeowner, to perform the highest trade standards and to strictly comply with all third party requirements, homeowners are being presented with proposals and bids that do not meet basic standards.

At Hull Brothers Roofing, our priority is to help protect the Consumer/Homeowner from costly mistakes and put the contractual burden of compliance squarely onto the shoulders of the roofing Expert.

Having a strong desire to educate and help the Homeowner in any way possible, we have compiled a list of requirements to ensure your protection, as well as a few simple questions that you can ask your contractor that will assist you in aspects of your home that you might not otherwise be familiar with.

Keep in mind that not all of these scopes of work will apply to each and every home since every home is unique. To be safe, when dealing with a contractor, make sure the re-roofing proposal is itemized within the scope of work and clearly describes the steps of how the work will be accomplished. Do not sign a re-roofing contract until you have clear, written information addressing these details.

1Intersecting Wood and Stucco Surfaced Walls.
This building code and high trade standards requires the roofing contractor to identify all vertical walls that intersect roofs. The contractor is required to tear out the bottom portion of these wood or stucco surfaced walls to completely expose the original wall studs. New metal flashing systems must be installed to the wall studs and the wall repaired. SURFACE MOUNTED FLASHINGS ARE NOT ALLOWED.

QUESTION TO ASK: “Are the flashings going to be surface mounted?”


2Balanced System of Attic Ventilation.
The building code, the material manufacturers and high trade standards requires the roofing contractor to identify all attic spaces. The contractor is required to construct a “Balanced” system of attic ventilation. The contractor must use published calculations to help determine this system and install the system with the new roofing materials.

QUESTION TO ASK: “Have you looked at the attic?”


3Replacement of Existing Metal Saddles and Crickets.
High trade standards require the roofing contractor to identify all areas of the home with large metal sections usually found behind chimneys and at valley areas called saddles and crickets. These metals are usually original to the home’s construction and may be 60+ years old. These old metals should be torn out and replaced in coordination with the installation of the new roof.

QUESTION TO ASK: “Do I have anything metal on the roof? Do those need to be replaced?”


4Masonry Chimneys.
High trade standards require the roofing contractor to identify all masonry chimneys above the roof lines. The mortar caps and grout joints must be inspected for cracks and voids and those waterproofing problems repaired. At the roof line, all old roof flashings and counter flashings must be torn out of the brick chimney and removed. Reuse of the original 60+ year old chimney flashings is not allowed. New riglets should be cut into all chimney walls intersecting the roof line and all new maintenance free roof flashings and counter flashings installed. Surface mounted chimney flashings are highly discouraged due to their high maintenance requirements. The roofing contractor must be able to provide the maintenance free riglet installation.

QUESTION TO ASK: “Are you going to reuse the Chimney Flashings?”


Remember, Every Home is Unique!!

Other things within your home that you may want to consider:

Does your home have skylights?
Does your home have roof mounted heating and air conditioning systems? Does your home have areas with flat roofs?
Does your home have areas with existing compliant roofs that do not require re-roofing?

Each and every one of your homes is custom and unique so make sure that the re-roofing contractor is clearly reflecting that uniqueness in his re-roofing proposal for your home.

The Re-Roofing Proposal/Contract.
We are still seeing re-roofing proposals/contracts being written in six to ten single sentences on basically one page! Is your home re-roofing project really a one page bid scope of work? We urge you to look for the strict compliance with the required scopes of work disclosed here as well as clearly written and specified details.

Sample of a Detailed Estimate

Samples of Bad 1-Page Estimates

Don’t take our word for it, check out what the FTC & BBB says about contracts.

Federal Trade Commission

Getting a Written Contract

Contract requirements vary by state. Even if your state does not require a written agreement, ask for one. A contract spells out the who, what, where, when and cost of your project. The agreement should be clear, concise and complete. Before you sign a contract, make sure it contains:

  • The contractor’s name, address, phone, and license number, if required.
  • The payment schedule for the contractor, subcontractors and suppliers.
  • An estimated start and completion date.
  • The contractor’s obligation to obtain all necessary permits.
  • How change orders will be handled. A change order — common on most remodeling jobs — is a written authorization to the contractor to make a change or addition to the work described in the original contract. It could affect the project’s cost and schedule. Remodelers often require payment for change orders before work begins.
  • A detailed list of all materials including color, model, size, brand name, and product.
  • Warranties covering materials and workmanship. The names and addresses of the parties honoring the warranties — contractor, distributor or manufacturer — must be identified. The length of the warranty period and any limitations also should be spelled out.
  • What the contractor will and will not do. For example, is site clean-up and trash hauling included in the price? Ask for a “broom clause.” It makes the contractor responsible for all clean-up work, including spills and stains.
  • Oral promises also should be added to the written contract.
  • A written statement of your right to cancel the contract within three business days if you signed it in your home or at a location other than the seller’s permanent place of business. During the sales transaction, the salesperson (contractor) must give you two copies of a cancellation form (one to keep and one to send back to the company) and a copy of your contract or receipt. The contract or receipt must be dated, show the name and address of the seller, and explain your right to cancel.

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Better Business Bureau

Get everything in writing. Require a written contract agreement with anyone you hire. Be sure their name, address, license number and phone number are included in the contract. Read and understand the contract in its entirety, don’t sign a blank contract, and make sure you get a copy of the signed contract at the time of signature.

Clearly written proposals that are detailed and broken down into separate line items are a good sign that the contractor is being thorough and has prepared an accurate estimate. The following is a partial list of items your estimate or proposal should include:

  • The type of roof covering, manufacturer and color
  • Materials to be included in the work, e.g., underlayment, ice dam protection membrane
  • Scope of work to be done
  • Removal or replacement of existing roof
  • Flashing work, e.g., existing flashings to be replaced or re-used, adding new flashing, flashing metal type
  • Ventilation work, e.g., adding new vents
  • Who is responsible for repairing/replacing exterior landscape or interior finishes that are damaged during the course of the work? Make sure that it contains language addressing who is responsible for any damage that occurs as a result of the work. All items of concern and work to be done should be included in the contract.
  • Installation method
  • Approximate starting and completion dates
  • Payment procedures
  • Length of warranty and what is covered, e.g., workmanship, water leakage
  • Who will haul away the old roofing materials and/or project waste (e.g. extra materials, packaging, etc.)? Is there extra charge for this service?


If one estimate seems much lower than the others and it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Many fly-by-night contractors’ below-cost bids seem attractive, but these contractors often are uninsured and perform substandard work or use substandard materials. Make sure to read the fine print. Some contracts use a clause where substantial cancellation fees or liquidation damages are required if the homeowner decides not to use the contractor after insurance approval of the claim. In some instances you may be required to pay the full agreed price if the homeowner cancels after the 3 day cancellation period. If an estimate or contract is confusing, ask the contractor to break it down into items/terms you can understand.

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We are offering guidance during this difficult period. Please contact us or call us at (310) 553-1999 with your questions and allow us to provide the correct required compliant information you need for your project. You may only re-roof your home once in a lifetime. Allow us to provide the information you need to make an informed decision.