How To Start A Roofing Business In Texas

How To Start A Roofing Business In Texas

There are a few steps to becoming a successful roofing business in Texas.  You may want to start here: Starting a Roofing Business.  Before you spend any money, do thorough research into all the costs that will be involved in getting started and maintaining the business.  During the planning stage, you may find out you need financing to get started.

How to Register Your Roofing Business In Texas

It is a lot easier to start a roofing business in Texas than in other states.  You must do your own thorough research, as laws change regularly.  Here are some steps you may have to take (not necessarily in order) to start your roofing company, along with links to more information.

These links may also be helpful if you want to start a siding or gutter business, or any other construction-related company.  Getting Started- Here is a website that will help if you want to become a roofing contractor in Texas: Start a Business In Texas

1. Register your business name.

Find out more about registering a fictitious name here: Registering a Business Name In Texas

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

2. Select your business structure.

Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc.: Selecting a Business Structure In Texas

More on Business Entities: Choosing a Roofing Business Structure

3.  Register your business.

You can register your business with the state of Texas here: Texas Business Registration

4. Open a Business Checking Account.

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

5. Find out about taxes, hire an accountant.

You may want to file your own taxes if you are a small company. As you grow, it will be easier to have an accountant do the work. More information about taxes here:

6.  Get Liability Insurance.

In Texas 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.  Alabama roofers need to win the job and stay protected at an affordable price. Learn more >

7.  Register as a Contractor with the State of Texas.

While there are licensing boards offering roofing licenses, at this time, the state of Texas does NOT require roofing contractors to be licensed.

8. Worker’s Compensation.start roofing business texas

The insurance agency that provided your liability insurance should be able to help with this.  You don’t need Worker’s Compensation unless you have employees.

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. 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. 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.  Get Financing

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