Keller State Rep Proposes Roofer Registry To Protect Texas Homeowners

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Recent severe weather has brought the issue of fly-by-night roofing companies to the forefront of the Texas Legislature. To combat scammers that prey on homeowners after hail storms and high winds, Texas State Rep. Giovanni Capriglione (R-Keller) introduced HB 2101, also known as the Reroofing Contractor Registration Act. 

In order to comply with the proposed law, all roofers wishing to do business in Texas would have to register with the state. 

“This is a great bill that will help protect vulnerable consumers,” said Dallas Builders Association executive officer Phil Crone. “Wind and hail events, which are common this time of year, unfortunately also cause fly-by-night contractors to crawl out of the woodwork. When your roof is leaking and you want nothing more than to get your life back in order, you are ideal prey for these vultures.”

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State Rep. Capriglione

The bill’s latest iteration mandates that all roofers provide the name of their business, contact information, and physical address. Consumers would be able to search the registry to find roofers they want to hire.

“I’ve tried licensing, and the reality is that’s tough to be able to get done,” Capriglione told KRLD. “There’s a lot of folks in the Legislature who don’t think you should have to have a license to put a roof on.”

Besides the obvious issues of bilking consumers and insurance companies, Capriglione believes this is a public safety issue, too. Another purpose of the registry would be to prevent substandard contractors from accessing the market.

“Rep. Capriglione should be commended for his continued efforts to get this bill passed and the registry established,” Crone added. “I hope he succeeds.”

You can read HB 2101 here.

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Joanna England

If Executive Editor Joanna England could house hunt forever, she absolutely would. Instead she covers the North Texas housing market and the economy for CandysDirt.com. While she started out with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Joanna's work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News as well as several local media outlets. When she's not knitting or hooping, or enjoying White Rock Lake, she's behind the lens of her camera. She lives in East Dallas with her husband, son, and their furry and feathered menagerie.

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  1. Rabbi Hedda LaCasa says

    Only 21 states, including California, require roofers to be licensed; however, roofers should be licensed in all states. In California, a roofer licensee applicant requires four years of apprenticeship and fingerprinting before sitting for the examination. Representative Giovanni Capriglione’s introduction of HB 2101 requiring only registration is a step in the right direction.

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