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Roofing Subcontractor Agreement

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Updated on December 27th, 2022

roofing subcontractor agreement is a legal contract drafted by a general contractor that appoints a subcontractor to complete certain roofing duties on a construction project. A subcontractor agreement is a useful tool for building projects as it ensures both parties adhere to important terms and conditions and the party supplying services is liable for their work.

The document covers all the tasks to be performed by the subcontractor, the amount of compensation to be paid, the timeline of the project, which party will be responsible for materials, and what will happen if a party breaches the contract. The agreement defines the subcontractor as an independent contractor, which makes them responsible for their own liability insurance, unemployment and workers’ compensation, and appropriate licenses.


Roofing Subcontractor Services

A roofing subcontractor is an individual licensed to install, repair, and modify roofs on residential or commercial structures. In order to work as a roofer, they must obtain licensing, certification, or registration, depending on the state in which labor will be performed.

A roofing subcontractor’s duties may include some of the following tasks:

  • Reading blueprints.
  • Estimating costs of material and labor.
  • Installing various types of roofing materials.
  • Inspecting for and repairing damage.
  • Insulation installation.
  • Spraying treatments and sealants to prevent weather damage.
  • Installing solar panels.
  • Ensuring their work complies with applicable building codes.

Benefits of a Roofing Subcontractor Agreement

When a contractor requires a number of workers, suppliers, and subcontractors to assist on a large project, entering into legal, written agreements will remove a lot of unnecessary risk and liability. Without a contract in place, the only assurance the parties have that work will be completed and compensation will be provided is the word of each individual.

If one of the parties does not adhere to the agreement, the fact that the terms and conditions are in writing may allow the injured party to seek reparations so their business and livelihood are not negatively affected.

When entering into a roofing subcontractor agreement, the subcontractor is considered an independent contractor. Therefore, the contractor is not their employer and will not be supplying insurance, benefit plans, laborers, equipment, or other assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a roofing subcontractor performance bond?

A subcontractor performance bond (also known as a contract bond) is a guarantee backed by a surety company that work will be completed by a subcontractor. The bond ensures that the subcontractor will perform their duties, otherwise the party who hired them (general contractor or owner) can collect payment from the surety company to finance the unfinished work. In general, contractors only demand a performance bond on very large projects, mostly public projects on a federal, state, or local level.

What is a payment bond?

A payment bond is similar to a performance bond, but instead of protecting the general contractor (or other hiring party), it protects subcontractors and suppliers from non-payment by the general contractor. Payment bonds are backed by a surety company, so if the contractor defaults on any payments, subcontractors will still receive due compensation.