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About Massachusetts Roofing
Roofing contractors provide an important function in building and maintaining a home. Their services can include laying or repairing a roof, inspecting and cleaning gutters, eliminating moss and algae formations, and replacing shingles.
Typical Climate in Massachusetts
The state of Massachusetts experiences cold winters that dip below freezing with snowfall that blankets the landscape for months at a time. Summers can be warm and humid with plenty of sunshine. The capital city Boston receives about 43 inches precipitation annually, with November being the wettest month and July the driest. Interior regions tend to have thunderstorms in spring and summer due to heated convection currents, but this pattern is minimal in the coastal regions.
Common Roofing Concerns in Massachusetts
The harsh Massachusetts winter means that homeowners must consider the issue of snow loading on roofs due to the weight of accumulated snow. Additionally, when rain falls on accumulated snow, the weight increases considerably adding to strain on the structure. Older roofs that may be "underbuilt" need to be reinforced to stay strong. Other problems include insulation without proper roof deck ventilation and laying a new roof over layers of shingles.
Licensing in Massachusetts
Roofing contractors in Massachusetts are not required to go through a formally certified course to get a license. It is normal practice for a roofer to start as an apprentice or helper to an experienced contractor and learn on the job. There are 3-year apprenticeship programs run by local union committees of the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers, and Allied Workers.
Legal Issues and Complaints
Complaints regarding workmanship and business issues can be worked out through mediation, arbitration, and other peaceful measures in Massachusetts before embarking on legal suits. Customers with complaints regarding the work of a registered home improvement contractor or construction supervisor license holder need to submit a written complaint in a prescribed complaint form to the Department of Public Safety.
Department of Public Safety
Building Regulations and Standards
Ashburton Place, Room 1301
Boston, Massachusetts 02108-1618
Phone (617) 727-3200