Everybody wants a nice home to live in. And a nice building to work or go to school in. We have building contractors to thank for safe, attractive buildings of every sort.
Building these structures is a complex mission that involves integrating many kinds of materials and functional systems in a way that all work together smoothly, efficiently, and safely. The building industry must also meet the legal requirements imposed on different building types, materials, and uses.
Because the industry is such a complicated one, building contractors must be licensed to operate in a given locale. Most states require operating permits or licenses before building contractors can establish operations and qualified personnel are critical to the success of a business.
Building codes vary from one location to another and all building contractors working in a particular area must be proficient in meeting the standards required. Climate often plays a role in defining building requirements for a particular area. Building contractors in the hot, dry southwestern part of the US will need to employ certain techniques and materials that building contractors in the cool rain forests of the Pacific Northwest would never use.
Building contractors often specialize in a specific type of construction, too. They may work on environmentally friendly green houses or specialize in historical restorations. Either way, they’re working with specialized equipment, materials, and techniques that must be used according to local building codes and standards.
Other ways building contractors specialize their operations is with the type of buildings they build – commercial, residential, industrial, or educationa are just a few options. The intended use of the building identifies the codes and regulations that must be met in order to work on these projects, too.
Choosing from the many building contractors operating in a particular area can seem like a daunting task. It becomes a little easier by identifying those licensed to do business in that particular area.
State licensing agencies usually keep an up-to-date record of all building contractors licensed to operate within their borders. Many building contractors are members of local or regional trade associations, too, and can often be identified here by specialty or regional experience.
Unfortunately, there are operations claiming to be legitimate building contractors who, in fact, have not met regulatory requirements and are operating without legal permission to do so.
Avoid these so-called building contractors at all costs. Hiring them can be very expensive, a logistical nightmare, and a very unsafe decision as well.