||09-20-2012 03:16 PM
Question regarding Roofing Contractor and UNLICENSED Subcontractor
New to the forum and I have a question. I live in IL and had a claim in with my INS for new roof which was approved. The INS paid me and said to find my own contractor and said to USE LOCAL if possible. I understand why. So after researching companies I found one local (in state and within 10 miles from me). I went with them because they were local and they said they have their own employees that work for them. They had no BBB complaints or anything and were recommended by someone I knew. The roofing company asked if I had any problems with Latinos working on the roof. I said of course not, as long as they're here legally, insured by you and they know what they're doing. He said not to worry, they have all papers on workers and they're insured and bonded.
Well to make a long story short. What has happened is the General subbed my roof out to an out of state roofing company. That roofing company subbed it out to a different out of state roofing company.
I'm pissed! :furious: If I wanted to go with an out of state company I would have done it and probably got a lower bid in the process. The work is shoddy on my roof. They didn't use new flashing like it said in the contract. They didn't replace vent stacks like it said in the contract. They beat the :censored: out of the new drip edge and it looks terrible. They ruined my gutter smashing it to the fascia and they scratched a lot of paint off the fascia all around the house.
My question is if I was not going to pay them, do they have any recourse to come after me? Listen, I'm not trying to get a free roof but the more and more I see the shoddy job and the fact the Contractor lied to me, I just don't think they deserve to be paid.
They farmed my roof out to a NON LICENSED subcontractor who farmed it out to another NON LICENSED subcontractor. That right there is a violation of the of the State of Illinois Roofing Industry Licensing Act. Subcontractors have to also be licensed and cannot work under the umbrella of another company's license. Both subs are not licensed in IL. They probably don't even have INS. Also, I pretty much can guarantee the workers were all ILLEGAL. Also, they had one unmarked vehicle. It looked like they were living out of it. According to the Illinois Roofing Industry Licensing Act the vehicle has to say the name of the business on the truck and the license number. This vehicle had no markings and out of state plates. There are other violations as well including OSHA. I have taken pictures of their vehicles and all the damage. Any thoughts?