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A Guide for Getting a New Roof

Water Pouring Off a RoofThere’s absolutely nothing good about finding out you need a new roof. MA and RI homeowners, in particular, dread this type of news, especially when winter is approaching and the time window for getting that work done before the first major snow of the season is short. Still, many homeowners find themselves in the position of having to repair or replace their roofs, and it’s best to be informed and prepared when getting into such a major project.

New Roof: MA & RI Contractors
and Resources

Choosing a reliable, professional, quality contractor is easily the most important decision you’ll make when putting on a new roof. MA and RI have many outstanding roofing contractors, but we also have our share of fly-by-night operations that are, unfortunately, just looking to fleece homeowners and make a quick buck. So, it’s important to take your time in choosing a roofer, and there are two great online resources to help make that process easier.

First up, the Better Business Bureau. By visiting and selecting your local area, you can find a wealth of information about local contractors and their reputations. Second, check out the State of Massachusetts’ website to find licensed providers and read up on the Home Improvement Contractor (HIC) law so you know what your rights are as a consumer.

Once you’ve chosen three to six qualified companies, you may also want to browse online review sites for local residents’ experiences with and opinions about each provider. Keep in mind that almost every company will have a negative report or two, as that is simply the nature of the Internet. But if the reports are overwhelmingly negative, that’s a good indicator that you need to keep looking.

Estimates For A New Roof: MA & RI Homeowners’ Guide

Once you’ve selected your candidates, make individual appointments to have each company come out and view your property. Take notes during your meetings, and request signed, written estimates. It’s easy to be swayed by a low price tag in this phase, but be sure that you’re comparing apples to apples, so to speak, when you look each estimate over. Consider: What’s included in each? Do they provide any ongoing maintenance? What type of warranty do they provide? How long will the job take, and will they provide a written guaranty of the end date? Are they all using comparable materials? Are all costs (materials, labor, permitting, etc.) included in the estimate, or will there be "add-ons" later?

When installing a new roof, MA and RI homeowners have their hands full. Take your time in choosing the right contractor, and document everything along the way, just in case.

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