After weathering years of Boston’s rain, ice, and snow, even the sturdiest roof will need some attention and eventual replacement. When that day arrives, you’ll want the best roofing company in town, and you’ll find them here. EBSCO Research determined which Boston roofers are the best in your area, and we did it by talking to thousands of your neighbors about their experiences with local companies. Since no company can buy a Best Pick™ status, you can be confident that the roofers we list have a proven track record of excellent service and skill.
But how to know if your roof has issues? There are many visual indicators, and certainly a leak in your ceiling is the most obvious one. If water is entering the home through the roof, it’s often a sign that the flashing in that area of the roof needs replacement. Another indication of issues can be seen from outside. Waves (or “humps”) across the surface of your roof can be a sign of problems with the decking, the structural layer beneath the shingles. A competent roofer will be able to identify problems and fix them for the long term.
Roof replacement is necessary when a roof has gotten old or when damage from strong storms makes repair unfeasible. If replacing your roof is in your near future, there are a number of material options to consider. Composite shingles are the most common roof material, and they come in a few styles—the textured composite shingle, also termed the laminate or architectural shingle, is a thicker, more durable, and also more expensive version of the traditional 3-Tab composite shingle. Some premium textured composite shingles are warranted up to 50 years, though the actual lifespan of the roof will differ. Slate shingles are the most expensive material option, and they are exceptionally durable in addition to being very low maintenance and completely fireproof. Note that installation of slate roofing requires the service of a specifically skilled roofer as well as a roof constructed to handle the weight of the material. Wood shingles have a rustic, natural appearance and can be manufactured from pine, cedar or spruce. They are long-lasting and easy to repair, but the amount of maintenance required by wood shingles and the fact that they are the least fire-retardant roofing material both serve to make them a less popular choice.
When you need roof work, call a Best Pick™ Boston roofing company as soon as possible. A Best Pick™ can also answer any roofing-related questions you might have, including what to expect during a whole-roof replacement.