How to Start a Roofing Business in North Carolina

How to Start a Roofing Business In North Carolina

There are a number of steps to take to start a roofing business in North Carolina.  You may want to start here: Starting a Roofing Business.  You must do your own thorough research, as laws change regularly.

How to Register Your Roofing Company in North Carolina

Getting started– The state of North Carolina has a website about starting a business in North Carolina here: North Carolina Start A Business

1. Register your business name.

Find out more about registering a business name here: North Carolina Assumed Name Form

If you need help selecting a name for your roofing business:  

2. Select your business structure.

Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc.  Find out more here: North Carolina Business Structure

3.  Register your business.

The State of North Carolina does not issue a single business license. Your business may be subject to state, city, county and/or federal requirements.

4. Open a Business Checking Account with your Bank.

You will need to open a separate bank account for your business with your new business name.

5. Find out about taxes and hire an accountant.

When starting out, you may want to file your own taxes. As you grow, it will be easier to have an accountant do the work. More info about taxes here:

6.  Get Liability Insurance.

In North Carolina and many states, understanding the regulations and laws regarding the need for contractor liability and bonds for contractors can be tricky. Having the right coverage is crucial for all roofing contractors.

We work with ContractorsLiability.com because they’re the one-stop-shop for General Liability insurance and are able to get online quotes in all 50 states. Plus, their expertise means they’re fast when it comes to getting the right bond and liability coverage.  North Carolina roofers need to win the job and stay protected at an affordable price. Learn more >

7.  Register as a Contractor.

In North Carolina, you currently only need to register as a contractor if you have roofing projects that exceed $30,000.00.  Depending on what type of roofing business you are starting, you may not need to register.  If you feel you need to register, you can apply for your registration here:  NC Licensing Board for General Contractors

8. You may need Worker’s Compensation.

You will need Worker’s Compensation if you have any employees. Find out more>

9. Get Health Insurance.

Since you will be self-employed, you will need your own health insurance.  If you have employees, you will need a plan that will include their health needs also.

10. Find out if you need a City License.

You may be required to obtain a license to do business in a particular locale, whether you are a resident, or not.

11. Research the need for Permits.

Depending on the locale, you may need to apply for permits before commencing certain types of roofing jobs.

12. Building Code and Inspections.

You must be aware of building codes for your particular job, and may be subject to inspections.

13. OSHA.

Depending on how many employees you have, you may need to follow OSHA regulations.

14. Financing.

Depending on your startup budget, you may need to apply for financing to help pay for equipment. Direct Capital offers financing for equipment for businesses*Must be in business 2 years OR have a 700+ FICO score for consideration. Find out more>

15.  Marketing.

To get your roofing business going, you may need to use multiple marketing techniques:  Roofing Marketing Ideas