Waking up to a roof leak is a nightmare for any homeowner. Not knowing whom you can trust to fix it is much, much worse. That’s why it’s important for every homeowner to establish a relationship with a roofing contractor. Massachusetts homeowners are fortunate to have a great number of highly qualified roofers available. The trick is finding the right one.
Why Do I Need a Roofer When Nothing Is Wrong?
In areas prone to extreme weather, roofs are exposed to more wear and abuse than in milder climates, increasing the likelihood that occasional repairs may be necessary. Particularly in regions that experience heavy snows, high winds, and/or tornadoes, homeowners really must have a roofing contractor. Massachusetts is a prime example of a state in which homes’ roofs should be inspected semi-annually and after every major storm. By hiring a licensed roofing contractor, Massachusetts homeowners can keep their roofs in optimal condition through routine maintenance and post-storm inspections. Then, in the event of damage or a sudden leak, it’s easy to know where to turn.
Can I Just Hire a Handyman?
Although it is generally not a good idea, many people try to save money on minor roof repairs by hiring a local handyman to do the job instead of going with a licensed roofing contractor. Massachusetts law requires roofers to meet stringent requirements to become properly registered, whereas a handyman who works on a cash basis may lack the proper training and licensure. As well, licensed roofers carry liability insurance and workman’s compensation coverage. With a handyman, the liability for an accident or damage can easily fall squarely on the homeowner. Additionally, in the event of an emergency—a sudden leak or storm damage—having worked with a handyman instead of a licensed roofer means homeowners have no one to call at the worst possible time.
Where Do I Find a Reliable Roofing Contractor in Massachusetts?
When looking for a dependable roofing contractor, Massachusetts homeowners often find the best advice comes from neighbors and other local contacts. Ask friends and family members for references and warnings. Put the word out through your social media circle and see what advice comes back in. Check out online review sites. And of course, there’s always the phone book. Once you have a short list of companies, visit The Better Business Bureau online to investigate each contractor’s reputation. Then check the state’s online registration listings to ensure that each contractor you plan to interview is properly licensed.
Talk to each roofing company and request a free, in-person, written estimate for roof maintenance. Take the time to ask about costs, scheduling, emergency availability, licensure, insurance, and service offerings. Be sure to take notes on each contractor until you find the right one for you.
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