The next time you are in downtown Walpole, on School Street just opposite the Town Hall, see if you can find an old fountain.  Today the fountain is dry, but back in the 1930s a woman by the name of Harriet Nevins donated $2,500 to have the fountain built to provide water for all the horses and dogs in town.  Now you know who donated the fountain and why.

Harriet Nevins was trying to make Walpole a nicer place to live when she donated the money for the town fountain, and that spirit still lives on today.  Today the homeowners of Walpole still want to make Walpole a nicer place to live.  One way they do that is by keeping the homes in Walpole looking their best.

Making certain that a home’s roof is in good shape is one way to keep a home looking its best.  When people look blackroofshinglesat neighborhoods here in town one of the first things that stands out is the conditions of a home’s roof.  A badly-kept roof equates with a badly-maintained home and badly-maintained homes equate badly with the entire town.

Of course, the homeowners here are choosy about any roofer in Walpole.  They need a roof that will last a lifetime because no one wants to roof a home a second time.  And, of course, homeowners here are well aware that in order to install a lifetime roof a roofing contractor needs to use the best roofing materials manufactured by the Certainteed Corporation.  Nothing less will do.

Another thing homeowners here in Walpole demand is a roofing contractor who has roots in the community andctr00prepdnlr0001m has the homeowners’ best interest at heart.

How do you find a roofer in Walpole who embodies all of those characteristics?  Fortunately you need look no further than United Home Experts.  They have roofed more homes right here in Walpole than just about anyone else and they have literally hundreds of local homeowners who are anxious to tell you what a wonderful job UHE did on their roof.

One of the reasons so many homeowners here in Walpole choose United Home Experts to roof their home is because UHE offers an unconditional lifetime roof warranty – which includes labor.  No company can make a guarantee like that unless they use the very best materials and United Home Experts uses only the top grade of shingles, water-tight seals and flashings all manufactured by none other than the Certainteed Corporation.  Talk with one of their knowledgeable and friendly roofing reps today for full details.

The last point is price. The best always costs more. Well – not always.  United Home Experts is one of the largest roofers in the Northeast so they buy roofing materials in bulk orders which means they get the best price possible from Certainteed and they pass those savings along.  That makes United Home Experts not only the best choice in local roofing contractors, but one of the best choices for low prices.  This is one time when the best doesn’t cost more!

One last observation.  You care about the people who work on your home and around your family, right?  So does United Home Experts.  Their teams of roof installers have worked together for years.  Each member of the team is highly skilled and has gone through rigorous training.  But unfortunately some of UHE’s competitors don’t care as much as you do about the people who work on your property – some local roofing contractors pick up their “skilled” roofers each morning from a home center parking lot.  Think about that.

So here is where the search for the best roofing contractor in Walpole has come: to United Home Experts. Give them a call today.  Tell them what your plans are and sound them out.  You may be pleasantly surprised by how knowledgeable, friendly and affordable they are.  And one last thing: they will get the job done right and on time.


The Budster.  If you’ve ever had a sub sandwich at T.C. Lando’s Sub and Pizzaria down on Main then you know what I am talking about.  If you’ve never tried one – do.  Now.  This is just one reason that Money Magazine named Acton as the 16th best place to live in the entire country!  Yes – the people of Acton have a lot to be proud of!

One way the homeowners of Acton show their pride every single day of the year is by the way they keep up their homes.  Pride of ownership translates into pride for some many other aspects of life, including community.

Naturally all homeowners here in Acton want to have a water-tight and secure roof over their heads.  A poorly-4.1.1maintained roof not only reflects badly on the homeowner and upon the town, but a leaking roof greatly reduces the value of a home.

Of course, a roofer in Acton must meet some pretty stringent criteria before they will be accepted here.  For one thing a roofing contractor needs to offer a roof with a lifetime guarantee.  Homeowners here in Acton don’t want to re-roof a home a few years from now.

That means a roofer in Acton has to use only the highest grade of roofing materials manufactured by the #1 roofing manufacturer in the world, the Certainteed Corporation.  Second best simply won’t do.

And it should go without saying that any roofer in Acton must have deep roots in the community and be totally committed to the people and to the homes of this area.

Does any roofing contractor in the area measure up to all of that?  Can any roofer measure up?  Fortunately the CTR00PREPDNLR0001Banswer is YES.  United Home Experts has been roofing homes here in Acton for more years than anyone cares to remember.  They have installed more new roofs on Acton homes than probably anyone else – and they have a file cabinet filled with very happy homeowners to prove it.  Just ask them.

United Home Experts offers a new roof to Acton homeowners with an unlimited lifetime warranty – and that includes labor.  Obviously no company with the unparalleled reputation of UHE can offer a lifetime warranty on a new roof unless they install only the very best roofing materials, the highest grade shingles, flashing and water-tight barriers manufactured by none other than the Certainteed Corporation.  Call in today and talk with one of United Home Expert’s roofing specialists to get all the details.

It takes more than just the best materials in the world to offer an unlimited guarantee on a roof.  It also requires ctr00prepdnlr0001mthe most skilled roof installers in the business.  Most of UHE’s roofing installers have been with the company for years; they work as a team, like a well-oiled machine.  Not all local roofing contractors are this committed to the people of Acton.  Some local roofers hire they installers as day laborers.  They pick them up every morning from some parking lot.  Is that the kind of installers you want around your family and your home?

One last thought.  Cost.  Everyone knows that hiring the best always costs more, right?  Wrong.  Not in this case.  Why?  Because United Home Experts installs more roofs than just about anyone else in the entire Northeast so they buy their roofing materials in bulk at a huge discount.  They then pass all those savings on to the homeowners of Acton.

Call today.  Talk to the friendly and knowledgeable experts at United Home Experts.  Not only will you be astounded at their knowledge when it comes to roofing, but their low prices will seal the deal. If you want more information on our roofing services, visit our main roofing page!


Most homeowners wait until they hear the dripping of water into their homes or see big brown spots on their ceilings before they worry about the condition of their roofing. The more cautious homeowners may assess their roofing situation after a major rain or snowstorm. But the fact is that it is too late, at this point, to begin worrying about their home’s roof condition. There are things that homeowners can do to prevent roof leaks from happening in the first place.

One of the best ways homeowners can ensure that their roofs are protected from leaks is to limit the amount of foot traffic that the roof sees. Lots of people like to hang Christmas lights from their roofs during the holiday season, but walking along the roof is one of the easiest ways to put pressure on the roof’s structure so that damage may occur and a leak might form. Some spots on a roof are safer to walk on than others, although it can be dangerous to walk on the roof, in general. Homeowners should consult with the professionals at United Home Experts to determine the safest spots to walk on when it comes to their own roofs.

Another thing that is required for roof leak protection is to maintain clean and clear roofs and gutters. Roofs that 040are free of debris are much less likely to develop leaks. Fallen leaves, moss and even pine tree needles can all prevent water from being able to leave the roof’s surface and may create a damming effect. This water backup can seep through layers of roofing and can even cut through existing waterproofing membranes, which can lead to serious roof leaks. Frequent power washing or use of a power-blowing vacuum will ensure that any roof stays completely clear of debris. Applying a copper or zinc strip to the roof’s ridge is another good way of keeping moss from accumulating on a roof.

Ice buildup is a major cause of roof leakage and can result in structural damage. There are several ways to prevent an ice dam, but one of the best is to invest in a system that is specially designed to heat the eaves of a house. Eaves heaters are constructed of a wire network that is strung above a roof’s overhang. These heating wires function in the same way as those that can be found inside an electric blanket. They prevent water from getting cold enough to turn into ice and ensure that the water will flow off the roof in the most effective way.

Finally, roof leak protection can be achieved through the application of one of many products available on the market today that fall under the category of rubberized leak stoppers, roof patches, or rubberized flashing. It is important for homeowners to remember that, even though these products are readily available to the general public, they should not try to apply this on their own without outside help. The process can be very dangerous for people who are not trained in the proper techniques, and warranties may be voided if application mistakes are made. The United Home Experts offer free estimates for anyone is interested in learning more about how one of these products can best protect their roofs from experiencing leaks. They include roof leak protection installation as part of any partial or total roof replacement. For more information, read our main roofing page!


Wrentham is a great place to be a kid.  Each year, in April, the Lion’s Club hosts the Annual Wrentham Fishing Derby.  The derby is absolutely free and open to all kids 18 and under.  Bring your poll and reel to the trout pond behind the DPW building off Taunton Street starting at 7 a.m.  The largest trout caught (in three different age categories) by 1 p.m. wins!  Bring the family and enjoy free hot dogs and drinks!

The annual fishing derby is just one way the people of Wrentham show their civic pride and come together as families.  Another way families show their civic pride is in the way they keep up their homes.

Keeping a roof looking good is important to making a home looked cared for and, by extension, making a town ctr00prepdnlr0001mlooked cared for.  After all, a roof is one of the first things that anyone sees when they explore the neighborhoods of this wonderful town.

Being a roofer in Wrentham is not easy. The homeowners of this town expect a lot from a roofing contractor.  For one thing homeowners in Wrentham do not want to have to re-roof a home a second time.  In other words, they demand a roof with a lifetime guarantee – including labor.

Naturally there is only one way a roofing contractor can guarantee a roof for life and that is by using only the highest grade shingles, water tight barriers and flashings manufactured by the Certainteed Corporation.  The Certainteed Corporation is the #1 name in roofing materials, so nothing less will do.

On top of all that, any roofer in Wrentham has to have hundreds of satisfied local customers who are willing to tell the world what a wonderful job that contractor did.

Not many roofers can meet all of those criteria.  One can.  United Home Experts has a tremendous reputation certainteedrooflandmarkserihere in Wrentham.  It is almost impossible to look here in Wrentham without finding at least one happy homeowner with a UHE roof.

United Home Experts offers a roof with a lifetime guarantee, including labor.  Not all local contractors can make such a guarantee.  Talk with one of UHE’s expert roofers for all the details.

Not surprisingly, United Home Experts uses only the very highest grade materials manufactured by none other than the Certainteed Corporation.

It does make a difference who installs your roof.  United Home Experts has skilled and highly-trained crews which work together all the time doing nothing but putting new roofs on homes here in town.  These people have steady, secure work.  Compare that to some other local roofing contractors who hire their installers on a day-to-day basis from the parking lot of the local home improvement center.  What type of installers do you want working on your home, around your family?

One last point.  It stands to reason that hiring the best roofing contractor means paying big bucks, right? Not necessarily.  United Home Experts roofs more homes in the Northeast than just about anyone else. What that means is they buy their roofing materials in huge lots at deeply discounted prices.  UHE then passes those savings on to the homeowners here in Wrentham, making UHE one of the most affordable roofers in town.

Why not give United Home Experts a call today, just to talk and get acquainted.  The roofing experts at UHE can undoubtedly give you some pointers and who knows, you may just find out that it doesn’t cost any more to use the very best roofers in all of Wrentham. For more information about our roofing service, visit our main roofing page!


What would the town of Franklin be in the summertime without Beaver Pond and Chilson Beach?  Who can forget the sunburn after their first day at the beach?  Of course, after the long winter no one cares about sunburns; it just feels so good to finally be lying in the sun!

Sun, however, is not a friend when it comes to the roof on your home.  Over time the sun’s rays dry out most ctr00prepdnlr0001mroofing materials and cause them to crack or warp and cause lots of trouble for the homeowner.  That’s why local homeowners are looking for a roofer in Franklin who will offer a lifetime guarantee on a roof.

Of course, in order to offer a lifetime guarantee a roofing contractor would need to use the very highest grade flashing, water seals and shingles manufactured by the CertainTeed Corporation, the recognized world leader in roofing products.

Another thing any roofer in Franklin needs is references and preferably hundreds of happy homeowners willing to sing their praises.

Is it even possible to find a roofing contractor here locally who meets all of these qualifications?  Surprisingly it is.  United Home Experts has been roofing homes here in Franklin for over 15 years!  They have roofed more homes here in town than just about anyone else and they have literally hundreds of happy customers who are ready and willing to tell anyone who will listen about the fabulous roofing job that United Home Experts did.

What about the guarantee?  United Home Experts offers a roof with an unconditional lifetime guarantee,blackroofshingles including labor.  Talk to one of UHE’s expert roofing consultants for full details.  With a UHE roof in place a homeowner here in Franklin never has to worry about their roof again – ever.

Naturally UHE uses only top-of-the-line shingles, water barriers and flashing manufactured by the world-famous CertainTeed Corporation.

But it’s not just using the very best materials that make the difference.  It’s also the people who do the actual roof CTR00PREPDNLR0001Binstallation.  The professional installers who work for United Home Experts have been working for UHE for many years in most cases, and each and every roofer has been trained in roofing.  Unfortunately that is not always the case with UHE’s competitors.  In order to cut prices, some of UHE’s competitors hire their roof installers on a per-day basis, picking them up every morning from the local home center parking lot.  Is that really the kind of worker you want roofing your home?

Then there is the matter of price.  The best always costs more, right?  Not so fast.  United Home Experts roofs more homes than just about anyone in the Northeast so they buy their roofing materials by the boatload, at deeply discounted prices.  UHE is then able to pass the savings on to the homeowners here in Franklin, keeping their prices lower than even some of their cut-rate competition.

So go ahead.  Give United Home Experts a call right now.  Talk to one of the friendly and knowledgeable roofing experts and find out for yourself how affordable it is to choose the very best roofer in all of Franklin.For more information about our roofing services, visit our main roofing page!


One thing the people of Medway take seriously is their football and the town’s pride was certainly enhanced when the New England Intensity of the Woman’s Football League choose Medway’s Hanlon Field as the venue for all of their home games.

Of course, football is only one thing the people of Medway take seriously.  Homeowners here in Medway also take great pride in the way their homes look, knowing that the way a home looks reflects the pride which people have in their town.  Naturally homeowners want their home’s roof to reflect their pride of ownership.  After all, a home’s roof is one of the first things anyone notices about a home.  A well-maintained roof not only reflects pride of ownership, it also increases a home’s value.

But being a roofer in Medway is not easy.  Medway homeowners demand a lot from a roofing contractor.  For CTR00PREPDNLR0001Bexample, homeowners here want a new roof that is guaranteed to last a lifetime – after all, who wants the aggravation and the expense of putting on a new roof a second time?

That means that any roofer in Medway has to use the very best shingles and other roofing materials manufactured by the Certainteed Corporation, the world leader when it comes to roofing products.  Nothing less will do.

And it almost goes without saying that any roofing contractor worth his salt would need to have an extremely good local reputation.  That means a local roofer would need to have roofed lots of homes in Medway and have literally hundreds of satisfied customers.

How many roofing contractors here in Medway meet all of those criteria?  Not many.  One that does is United ctr00prepdnlr0001mHome Experts.  They have put new roofs on more homes here in Medway than probably anyone else.  They have literally hundreds of happy, satisfied customers in their files who would gladly recommend them.

One reason United Home Experts has so many loyal fans here in Medway is because they offer a 100% unconditional guarantee on their roofs – including labor.  That means that local homeowners never have to even think about a new roof again for as long as they live.  Talk with one of UHE’s expert roofing counselors for full details.

There is only one way any company can offer a lifetime guarantee on a roof and that is because they use only the certainteedlogo150dpik-resized-600 (1)very best shingles, flashing and water-tight barriers manufactured by the Certainteed Corporation.  UHE knows the importance of using only the best materials just as well as you do.

Two final thoughts.  First, are you particular about the people who work on your home?  You should be.  The roof installers who work for United Home Experts have been with the company, in many cases, for years.  Each and every one of them has been meticulously trained.  But some of UHE’s competitors hire their roof installers on a per-day basis, picking them up each morning from some local parking lot.  Are these really the people you want around your home and your family?

Finally there is the matter of cost.  Everyone wants a deal and hiring the #1 roofing contractor in Medway seems like it would cost an arm and a leg.  But it doesn’t.  Why?  Because United Home Experts roofs more homes than just about anyone in the entire Northeast.  That means they buy their materials by the boatload at deeply discounted prices.  United Home Experts passes those savings on to the homeowners here in Medway, making it totally affordable for homeowners here to hire the very best roofer in the entire area.

Give us a call today and find out for yourself just how affordable the very best can be. For more information about our roofing services, visit our main roofing page!

To schedule your free estimate, give us a call at 508-881-8555.


Framingham residents are justly proud of their long history of patriotism, as witnessed by the Edgell Memorial Library, dedicated to the memory of all those who fought and died in the War for Independence.

Today the homeowners of Framingham have another battle on their hands…the fight to keep Framingham looking its best for future generations, preserving its proud heritage as well as moving forward into the future.  One way homeowners can do this is by considering carefully all of their options when it comes to roofing their homes.  After all, a home’s roof sets the tone of a neighborhood and says a great deal about how deeply the homeowners of an area respect their heritage.

So what exactly do homeowners look for in a roofer in Framingham?  To begin with, they want someone who is well-known and respected in the area.  Not just that, they also want a roofing contractor who will install a roof with an unconditional lifetime guarantee (including labor) so they never have to even think about their roof again as long as they live.

Of course, to make an offer like that a roofer in Framingham would need to use only the highest quality flashing,CTR00PREPDNLR0001B water seals and shingles made by the Certainteed Corporation, the recognized world leader in roofing products.

That’s not all homeowners in this area demand. They also demand a great price from their roofing contractor. Can any roofing contractor possibly deliver all of that?  One company can.

United Home Experts meets all of the criteria laid down by the homeowners of Framingham – plus more.  To begin with, United Home Experts have been roofing homes in the Framingham area for over 15 years.

It is almost impossible to drive down any one of Framingham’s beautiful streets without finding at least one home that has been roofed by UHE.  United Home Experts has literally hundreds of satisfied customers and they are happy to provide you with all the references you could possibly ask for.

UHE also uses only the best materials from the Certainteed Corporation when roofing your home – which is why blackroofshinglesthey can provide you with a 100% lifetime guarantee on your roof, including labor.  Talk with one of their roofing experts for all the details, but homeowners here in Framingham need never worry about their roof again.

What about price?  One would expect to pay through the nose for the very best roofer in all of Framingham, but the truth is, United Home Experts buys all of their roofing materials in bulk which means they get a great deal and pass the savings on to local homeowners.

One last thing.  Most homeowners are particular about the people they allow on their property or at least they should be.  The roof installers at United Home Experts have all been with the company for years and are extremely well-trained.  That is not always the case with their competitors who often hire their installers by the day from a local home center parking lot.  Think about that.

The truth is, any homeowner here in Framingham would have to be loco not to at least talk with the friendly roofing experts at United Home Experts and find out for themselves just how affordable the #1 best roofer, in all of Framingham and the Metro-West region, really is. For information about roofing services, visit our main roofing page!

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Homeowners have a plethora of choices when it comes to roofing or re-roofing the home.  There is a multitude of different types of roof shingles on the market, with manufacturers trying desperately to convince the homeowner that their particular type is the very best choice.  What is it, really, that makes one shingle better than another?  This article will not make any attempt to sway a homeowner toward any one type of shingle, but will rather list the pros and cons of a wide number of roofing shingles types so the homeowner will be better equipped to make an informed decision.

So what are the choices in roofing shingle types that the homeowner is faced with? shinglesCut

Asphalt is probably the type of shingle most often applied to individual homes with a steeped roof.  Wood shingles are another popular choice.  In certain situations, metal shingles are recommended, especially for very steeply sloped roofs or for very low-sloped roofs.  Slate shingles are very popular, particularly in the Northeast where the slate is quarried. Finally, there are tile shingles, very popular in the Southwest, especially on homes with that classic Spanish look. Each of these different types of shingles has its pros as well as its disadvantages.

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Asphalt shingles are one of the most popular forms of roof material and it is not difficult to see why.  They are relatively inexpensive in fact, they cost half as much as some other choices and they are easy to install by either a moderately skilled homeowner or a roofing professional.  Many coated asphalt shingles meet certain Energy Star standards and actually qualify for a government rebate.

The three-tab asphalt shingles are not coated, making them faster and easier to install than their coated counterparts, and are one of the least expensive of the roofing alternatives available to the homeowner.  Asphalt shingles, especially the three-tab variety, have a useful life expectancy of anywhere from 15 to sometimes as long as 30 years, depending on weight.

Asphalt shingles are lightweight and easy to install, which can reduce installation costs.  They are also relativelyCTR00PREPDNLR0001B easy to repair should something go wrong.  Another advantage to asphalt shingles is that they come in a variety of weights (higher weights lasting longer but costing more) and they come in a wide range of colors and patterns to go with almost any decorating style.  Many of the patterns on asphalt shingles are made to mimic other roofing materials, providing the homeowner with possibly the best all-around choice there is.

Homeowners considering asphalt shingles should immediately contact the experts at United Home Experts.  The shingle wizards at United Home Experts know everything there is to know about asphalt shingles and can give the homeowner a mountain of advice, free of charge and with no obligation.

If the homeowner wishes a professional to install a roof, the roofing experts at United Home Experts have many years of experience installing asphalt shingles and because they buy shingles in bulk they can give the homeowner the best deal in all of the Northeast.

Wood shingles are more costly than asphalt shingles.  Aesthetically, many people like the look of wood and wood shingles can sometimes enhance the value of a home, although because of the added fire danger of wood shingles, many homeowner’s associations ban wood as do some communities.  Hardwood shingles, those made of cedar or redwood, for example, provide good insulation and they can last as long as 50 years with only minimal attention.  Softer woods such as pine are less costly but do not last as long.  Wood comes in both shingles and shakes.  The primary difference between the two is that shingles are machine-made whereas shakes are hand cut.  One of the disadvantages to wood shingles is that they are not fire-resistant.  In fact, homeowners are advised to contact their homeowner’s insurance company to see if wood shingles will increase their fire coverage.

Metal shingles were once the almost exclusive province of the Northwest and the Rocky Mountains, but today they are making inroads in most parts of the country.  The only draw is that they can last 50 years or more.  Many people do not like the way they look, although paint can hide some of their features. They also tend to be noisy, and not only during hail and heavy rain; metal roofs may produce constant popping sounds as they expand in the heat and contract in the cold.  Metal shingles require an underlying insulation; however, even with the cost of the additional insulation added in, metal shingles can still be a very economical solution for many homeowners.

Slate shingles are extremely durable and long lasting.  Properly installed, slate shingles can easily last 50 years, perhaps longer.  Slate shingles can be difficult for a homeowner to self-install and there can be problems with the structure holding the weight of the slate and cause installation costs to sharply rise.  It is best for homeowners who wish to roof with slate to consult a roofing expert such as those at United Home Experts who have years of roofing experience to draw on.

Tile roofs are one of the most distinctive of the roof types.  These roofs are very popular in the southwest and are associated with classic Spanish-style homes.  Modern tiles can be made of either clay or concrete. Tile roofs are one of the strongest and most long-lasting of all roofing types.  It is not unusual for a tile roof to last for 50 years or more with only minor upkeep.  However, they are also difficult for the average homeowner to self-install, and they are heavy.  In fact, tile roofs are so heavy that unless the frame of the house has special supports to sustain the extra weight of the tiles, tile roofs can cause catastrophic failure of a home’s frame.  One of the other disadvantages of tile is the cost.  Compared with other roofing choices, especially asphalt, tiles roofs are one of the most expensive, not only to purchase initially, but also to repair.  Again, any questions about the appropriateness of a tile roof should be addressed to the roofing professionals at United Home Experts.

As stated earlier, homeowners have many choices when it comes to re-roofing a home, with one of the least expensive and fastest being asphalt shingles.  Hopefully this article has shed a little light on some of those choices and the inherent strengths and weaknesses of each type of roof.  It is highly recommended that homeowners who are seriously considering a new roof consult a roofing expert, such as those at United Home Experts, whether the homeowner intends to do the work him or herself, or if the homeowner plans to use the services of a professional roofing installer.


Every trade, every occupation, has its own lingo, its own way of expressing details which is designed to make the occupation seem at least somewhat mysterious and formidable to outsiders. This is certainly true of the roofing industry. Homeowners contemplating calling a roofing contractor may be slightly intimidated by not knowing the proper questions to ask or the right way to phrase some questions. Fear not. This article will lay out the very simple questions for roofing contractor that every homeowner needs to ask before signing a roofing contract.

1.) Make sure the company has a permanent address. That means more than a P.O. box or an email address. Look them up on line or in a phone directory. Make certain the address is not simply a mail drop, but an actual company address. Do not hesitate to drive by the location, or even to drop in for a chat. Find out how long they have been at the same address. If they have just moved into the location and have only been in business for a couple months or a year, red flags should go up. Here at United Home Experts, you can drive by our office and as you come, you will see our fleet of trucks and vans we use for our projects and as well see our main headquarters. With United, you never have to worry about promises that go unfulfilled.

2.) Ask to see copies of their workers’ compensation and liability insurance. If anything appears out of the depositphotos_6909973_original-resized-600ordinary, such as different names on the documents or a different address, raise those red flags because if your gut tells you something is fishy, then something probably is. Check out their insurance. Call their insurance broker. If the contractor is legitimate, they will not mind being checked at all. Only someone who is not legitimate is afraid of an investigation. The homeowner should go with his or her instincts.

3.) Ask if the contractor will be using any subcontractors and ask to see the liability and workers compensation insurance from the subcontractor.

4.) The homeowner needs the name of the person who will be overseeing the job on a regular basis. The homeowner should be able to call and talk to a specific individual who will be responsible for addressing any issues the homeowner has once the job begins.

5.) Ask when the job will begin and how long it will take. It is acceptable for the contractor to have a clause in a contract that says something to the effect of “weather-permitting”. A contractor cannot be held responsible for rain or other weather conditions that make roofing impossible. However, there should be an absolute end-date for the project and there should be penalties if the contractor cannot meet the deadline.

6.) Ask if the contractor is licensed as a roofer. Most states and even some cities require a roofing contractor to be licensed in order to perform work over a certain dollar figure. If your contractor fails to provide a license, check with local authorities to see if a license is required. Remember, a business license is not the same thing as a contractor’s license; a business license is for tax purposes and does not indicate that the contractor is qualified to roof a home. If a homeowner uses an unlicensed contractor and the job is less than satisfactory, the homeowner may have a hard time collecting any damages especially if the homeowner was aware of that fact ahead of time.

7.) References are essential. Hiring a roofingTestimonial contractor who cannot provide several local references is an extremely unprofessional way to do business. Not only should the contractor have roofs in the area where they are operating, but finding people who have had a good experience with the contractor says a great deal. Keep in mind, however, that the contractor may be supplying the homeowner with a bogus list of happy customers the “customers” could be the contractor’s relatives or friends. Check with the BBB to see if there are any complaints against the contractor. Keep in mind that one or two negatives on an otherwise positive record may not be entirely the contractor’s fault. References need to be checked carefully.

8.) Along the same lines as references, ask if any of the contractor’s employees are certified. Employees who are certified in flat roofs or rubber roofs or other specialty jobs indicates a certain level of professionalism on the part of the contractor, but it can also be a requirement for certain types of roofs. Employee certification may be required for certain roofing warranties. If the homeowner is having any kind of specialty roof installed that requires professional installation, the homeowner should make certain that the contractor meets the requirements of the company supplying the roofing materials or the roofing materials may not be warranted. If you’re an Angie’s List member, see our reviews and you’ll find all “A” grades. If you don’t feel like going off the site, see all of our testimonials and reviews from our customers and how happy they are from hiring us.

9.) It is also important that a contractor warrant the work being performed. Naturally a warranty is only as good as the company backing it, but if the homeowner is dealing with a company that has been invested in a community for some time, then bad word of mouth can destroy the business, so under those conditions a warranty can be of immense value. United backs all of our work including labor, so if anything isn’t up to par years later, you can be rest assured we’ll take care of you and back our work.

10.) Ask about permits required. Different communities have different permits required for a wide variety of construction jobs. Failing to get a required permit before beginning a roofing job can result in a tangle of red tape as well as fines. Make certain the contractor checks for needed permits and obtains them before beginning the job. United services all of the Central and Eastern Massachusetts area so we know exactly what permits, licenses are needed to complete a job, whether it be residential, in the city or a historical property.

There are a lot of questions that a contractor needs to be asked, but keep in mind that a roofing job represents a great deal of money and the homeowner has every right to proceed with caution. Legitimate contractors never object to any digging the homeowner does. Before beginning any job of this nature it is also an excellent idea to talk with the people at United Home Experts. The roofing professionals at UHE are happy to answer any questions a homeowner has about roofing. Keep in mind that because United Home Experts is one of the largest roofing companies in the Northeast, their recommendations are never based on the fact that they must “push” any one manufacturer’s products; their recommendations are completely unbiased. For more information on our roofing services, visit our main roofing page!