International Door & Operator Industry

NOV-DEC 2017

Garage door industry magazine for garage door dealers, garage door manufacturers, garage door distributors, garage door installers, loading docks, garage door operators and openers, gates, and tools for the door industry.

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V O L U M E 5 0 I S S U E 6 D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 7 11 The impacts of these events will last for weeks and months in the affected communities. One of those impacts is to create a dramatic increase in the need for construction efforts to repair and replace thousands of damaged homes and businesses. As with after past disasters, affected areas can expect to see an influx of out-of-state contractors looking to cash in on the demand for their services, and the huge amounts of insurance money that will be available to pay for such repairs. However, before IDA members decide to temporarily open up shop in these new disaster markets, they should take the time to be aware of some pitfalls from hunting post-disaster business. Licensing! The ability of an IDA member to work in a disaster area may depend on whether he or she has or can get the proper Continued on page 12 LEGAL&LEGISLATION By Brian J. Schoolman, Safran Law Offices licensure. In many disaster-prone areas, garage door dealers may need to have either a general contractor's license or a specialty license to be able to legally work. The state of Florida, as well as several cities and counties in the state, have licensure requirements for most construction work for compensation, and especially regarding doors and windows that may be subject to hurricane-force winds. California has a specialty license for garage door installation, and the failure to be properly licensed can expose dealers to civil and/or criminal penalties even during the best of circumstances. For members who are already licensed, they should investigate whether the state to which they are headed may have reciprocity arrangements. For instance, Texas and Louisiana have reciprocity arrangements for several construction trades. Similarly, Mississippi's licensing board has reciprocity with several other southeastern states. To get DEALERS GOING INTO HARD-HIT AREAS In the past few months, both the United States and Mexico have been ravaged by natural disasters. The southeastern U.S. took the brunt of two major hurricanes in succession. Oklahoma and other Midwest states have been hit by tornados. California, Montana, and other western states suffered through massive wildfires. And Mexico was devastated by two earthquakes within weeks of each other...

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