Lubbock Roofers Looking For Regulation To Protect Industry

At Thursday's City Council meeting, there's an ordinance on the agenda which will put more regulations in for the city when it comes to roofers.
By Monica Yantosh
myantosh@klbk13.tv

LUBBOCK, TX -- The Lubbock City Council will consider an ordinance Thursday which will put more regulations for roofers trying to get permits within the city.

According to the Lubbock City Council agenda, the ordinance would make it so roofing contractors have to have a bond required, as well as a liability insurance policy. The liability insurance policy they are asking for is $300,000 for residential projects, and $1 million for commercial projects.

The Model Code and Construction Ordinance Advisory Board Committee has recommended the approval of this change, and now the Lubbock City Council must pass the ordinance twice before it goes into effect.

"This guy absolutely took completely advantage," Julia Smith said. She said she hired a roofer back in 2013, saw he was bonded, and didn't check anything else.

She said she is still dealing with the issues from what little work she said that roofer did on her home.

Randy Metzler, with Andrus Brothers Roofing, said this ordinance is something that is very time sensitive because it is severe weather season.  He also said this is something that would help protect both business in town, as well as customers.

"This is the best thing that could happen to the city of Lubbock, because it protects the citizens, that's what this whole thing was about, we have to protect our people, I mean we're the one's that's here, we're in the battlefield everyday, we're in the trenches, we know who should be here and who shouldn't, there shouldn't be a contractor out there that asks for money up front," Metzler.

"There's always going to be people that slip through the cracks, but if the regulations are there, at least they can be enforced," Smith said.

Metzler also said when it comes to hiring a roofer, not only should you not pay up front, he also said to call the city and see how many permits have been pulled by the company in the last few years, which will tell you how much they've worked in the city.

He also recommends checking with the Better Business Bureau and even talking to insurance agents to see who they recommend.

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