Do You Need a Permit for a Roof Replacement?

Homeowners in CO Will Need a Permit for a Roof Replacement

When it comes to replacing your roof, paperwork is likely the last thing on your mind. For many homeowners, the top concern is choosing the right roof for their home. If your roof was damaged by storms, you’re likely more worried about insurance coverage and replacing your roof quickly—before the next storm arrives. But do you need a permit for your roof replacement? 

Here at Elite Roofing & Solar, our goal is to be a reliable resource for our customers in all things roofing. Colorado homeowners will need a permit before completing a roof replacement. However, there’s more to the story than just applying right away. Here’s what you should know.

Do You Need a Permit for a Roof Replacement?

In Colorado, all homeowners will need a permit before a roof replacement can be completed. While precise permitting requirements vary throughout the state, permits for full replacements are universal.

Permits are also required for many types of roof repairs, but the exact cutoff depends on your city and county. Here in Denver, if repairs amount to more than 10% of a roof that is 25,000 square feet or smaller, a permit is required. This also applies if repairs cover 5% of a roof larger than 25,000 square feet.

Because roof replacements cover your entire roof, though, this means all roof replacement projects fall under this requirement.

Why Are Permits Required?

Roof permitting requirements help to ensure homes and other buildings are built according to health and safety standards. Here in Colorado, this includes regulations on how many layers of roofing are installed as well as minimum fire resistance requirements.

Permitting also links the roofing company you hire to the work done on your home. In the event that roofing work completed does not meet standards and building codes, this makes it much easier to hold the roofer responsible for substandard work.

In other words, permitting protects you as the homeowner in many ways!

What If I Don’t Get a Roofing Permit?

If your roof replacement is completed without first pulling a permit, this can result in major consequences. As the homeowner, if your roof is replaced without a permit, you may be subject to fines or other penalties. In addition, if the roof becomes damaged or fails prematurely, your insurance coverage could be compromised. Since work was not completed according to regulations and without proper permitting, your insurance company will have significant grounds to deny any claims and leave you paying out of pocket for all repairs.

Some homeowners or unethical roofing companies may attempt to skip permitting in order to cut corners, but it simply isn’t worth the risk.

Who Should Pull a Permit for a Roof Replacement?

Luckily, if you’re worried about proper permitting, you won’t have to go through the process of pulling a permit yourself. When you work with a licensed, professional roofer, they will take on the responsibility of pulling permits on your behalf. This both demonstrates their credibility as a roofing company and ensures the process is completed correctly. 

After all, well established roofers have years of experience and have pulled hundreds or thousands of permits in their time in the industry. This means they know exactly how to navigate the permitting process, saving you the headache in the process.

Elite Roofing: Colorado’s Most Trusted Roofer

Here at Elite Roofing & Solar, we don’t believe in cutting corners. Whether it’s a minor repair or a full replacement, we’ll always do our due diligence to ensure any roofing work we do on your home is completed with the proper documentation and paperwork.

If we’ve learned anything in our 15 years in business, it’s that the only way roofing is worth doing is if it’s Roofing Done Right. If you’re in need of a roof replacement, get in touch with our team today for an inspection and quote!

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