LICENCED OR UNLICENCED TRADIE, WHO DO YOU USE?

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Firstly are you required to be licenced in (QLD)?

Unless an exemption applies, a QBCC contractors licence is required to carry out or undertake to carry out the repair of the roof if the value of the work exceeds $3300 including the cost of the materials. For work over $3300, a contractor will need to pay the QBCC for home warranty Insurance.

About home warranty insurance

Home warranty insurance is a protection for homeowners. It provides cover in situations where the contractor fails to complete the work, the work is defective or subsidence occurs. If the contractor can’t finish the work under a contract or fails to fix defects, an owner can make claim. Once the QBCC pays a claim they will recover the money from the contractor.

The work is covered for a period of 6 years and 6 months from the date (whichever is earlier)

  • The premium is paid
  • a contract is entered, or
  • work is commenced

The contractor must pay a premium for all insurable residential work with a value over $3300.

The contractor working directly for the homeowner is required to collect the premium from the owner and ay it to the QBCC on behalf of the owner. As a guide the Premium for work from $3300 to $200000 is $235.15.

Once the premium is paid, the homeowner is sent a notice of cover .

An unlicensed trade cannot quoter enter into contracts to carry out building work in Queensland valued over $3300.

Does this mean that Licensed Trades will do a better job than an Unlicensed Tradie?

No not necessarily, however at least you do have re-course if there is an issue and the work is insured. Over the nearly 30 years the Shieldcoat has been producing Roof Restoration Products, we have dealt with both licensed and unlicensed and have seen some pretty ordinary work with both and have also seen some excellent work with both. For nearly 3 years a fairly large Roof Restoration company and now a Coatings manufacturer used a very cheap render primer as a roof tile primer to save money. Sadly when Companies don’t follow a manufacturers recommended system, the product warranty doesn’t apply.

A licence search can be performed at www.qbcc.qld.gov.au

Shieldcoat offer a service called Shieldcoat Select, where we act as a conduit between the homeowner and the Trade. We will ensure the contractor is able to perform the work to a high standard, we ensure the correct products and amounts are used to give the consumer the best outcome, we ensure that the consumer is covered for both the Product and Workmanship Warranty and Shieldcoat will remedy any failures.

Contact our friendly Sales staff on 0732746911 to enquire about this service, or if you would like a recommended applicator in your area.

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