The economy in Rhode Island is bad in general but there probably isn’t any group that has been more impacted than Roofers in RI. This is due to a number of factors but specifically these three:
#1 Putting it off: Roofs generally only need to be replaced every 15-20 years. Therefore, homeowners who have been directly effected by the economy, and even those who have not (but are still skidish) are choosing to put off roof replacement until things seem more economically stable.
#2 Scaling back the project: Homeowners in R.I. are choosing to repair roof leaks and other roof issues rather than take on full roof replacement projects. This means smaller jobs and less work for roofers and roofing contractors in Rhode Island.
#3 Material costs: Although many building material costs have settled and even receded in some cases, roofing materials have not. In fact roofing materials cost are continually increasing. This means roofers in RI have to increase their prices or reduce the quality of materials they use just to stay in business.
Now, here is the warning to homeowners: Never, under any circumstances hire a roofer that seems desperate for your business, has no back-log of projects, or has a price that seems too good to be true. When you have issues with your roof (and you will), this type of roofing contractor will be long gone. It happens to homeowners over, and over, and over again. You will always pay more in the long run for a poorly installed roof with low grade materials. We commonly repair and replace roofs that are less than 10 years old because the homeowner hired an unprofessional roofer the last time around. Do your homework ahead of time to avoid long-term regrets.
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