As a roofing contractor, using a roofing subcontractor is a legal matter that must be considered. In Florida, where the skilled labor force has decreased in recent years, subcontractors can be used to supplement workforces. You can also turn to subcontractors as a way to transfer liability or insurance costs but you need to address a few legalities first. Here are a few tips from our Jacksonville construction attorneys for minimizing risks.
Roofing contractors are exposed to an array of insurance claims. Consequently, a roofing contractor should verify that its subcontractor has the proper insurance coverage and limits for each job. A copy of their coverage should be provided before work is rendered, and when provided, verify the date and type of coverage.
Verify that the roofing contractor and subcontractor are offering the same type of warranty. If the subcontractor offers a lesser coverage warranty then as the contractor, you would be held responsible for covering the warranty.
Address Defective Work
Make provisions in your contract to minimize or end risks with subcontractors. According to your contract, how do you address inadequate work with your subcontractor? Your contract should also include a period of time where the subcontractor can correct work and address any back-charge policy.
A roofing contractor needs to understand the risks associated with using a subcontractor to delegate work. To mitigate risk, always apply safety provisions in subcontracts to address the responsibility of safety and hire skilled subcontractors.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.