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 May 14, 2005
Need a New Roof??
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Are you looking at your roof thinking, if we don't get this thing done now...then we're going to have big problems soon? Getting a new roof now can be an opportunity to reduce insurance claims before disaster strikes.

The roof over your head is your greatest line of defense in keeping the elements out. Maintaining it, or putting a new roof on when it's time, will help you save money which is well worth the effort. 

Jeanne Salvatore, Insurance Information Institute

 "Insurance is designed to pay for things that are sudden and accidental, a hurricane or a lightening strike. It is not designed to pay for things that could have been avoided such as a leaky roof."

Water stains on ceilings, curling shingles and the excessive washing away of granules from the roof are all signs that your roof needs some attention.


"We always recommend that you get other bids...we welcome that."

 When hiring a contractor, get at least 3 bids, check references and don't pay more than a third up front. Also, go online to the Rhode Island Contractors Registration Board to make sure your contractor is registered and has proof of insurance.

 Bill Good, National Roofing Contractors Association

"If I could give homeowners some advice, I'd say to check the content of the proposals, rather than just the bottom line. Generally speaking, a proposal that contains a lot of detailed information is going to be a better proposal."

When choosing roofing materials, consider the shape and type of roof you have, as well as the weather it's exposed to. A properly installed roof built with appropriate materials will do a better job of protecting your home against every day events as well as more severe weather.

 Call For action is going to make it easier for you to hire a good roofer. We found what's called a pre-qualification form that you can have your potential roofers fill out. It asks them to list their insurance, costs, and other things you may not know to ask.



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