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Looking for some help as I am starting a roofing company. Couple Questions:

1. Deciding between subbing and hiring/1099. Prefer having my own guys and myself do it so I know that it's being done right. Question is can I 1099 guys off the street? do they need to own a business? Do I need to even 1099 someone if their pay is below a certain amount? Insurance for those guys?

2. Has anyone subbed out for just tearing off? Would love to go to a site where I can just do the install and pay someone to tear off.

If I'm being stupid say so. But, I want to operate a trusted roofing company that does it right and I would love to be the one installing it if I can.

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You need to have an accountant or advisor sit down with you and map out the specifics and implications of both sides of what you’re looking for.

I for one sub all work out and there’s firm criteria involved in doing so. All my guys have to fill out a lengthy sub packet and provide both a million in liability with their COI and an I-9 proving citizenship or work visa and have their own business license, LLC, and photo ID.

Almost all municipalities in the Lowcountry require a list of subcontractors used on each and every permitted job (yes we pull permits for all work) and even though it’s a way to double tap the contractor in fees it’s the way it works here.

Benefit is you’re not paying 100% of the overhead 100% of the time and utilize crews within their specialty without the addtl expense. Bigger jobs can add more manpower as needed and if there’s a lull no harm done.

With good project management and a solid scope of work this seems ideal for us at least.


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And my roofers always do tear off early at first light/earliest permitted start time and shingles are either boomed day before or on Monday’s for example scheduled first truck first out so by 830-9am a 40 square roof is down to sheathing and flashing and two guys can make repairs/reflash while two others are cleaning up debris/filling dump trailer backed up to roofline and drying in simultaneously. I want one crew responsible for one whole roof and not run risk of accountability flip flopping two sets of guys pointing blame at each other for covering something up.


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