Who better to ask for tips on hiring roofers and construction contractors than experts who are in the field day in and day out?

J. Smegal Roofing is a family-owned company with generations of experience, an A+ BBB rating, and two awards for Best Roofer in the Berkshires. We decided to tap into that experience and excellent reputation and ask for their advice on how homeowners can hire contractors they can trust:

1) Research both materials and installers. You want to know both are backed with reliable resources before you make an investment in your home.

2) Ask questions! Not only will this help you learn about your roof and roofing, but it also will help you gauge the professionalism and experience of potential contractors. A contractor you can trust will realize that most homeowners aren't roofing experts but will help you understand the process from start to finish so you can make informed choices.

3) Don't automatically pick the lowest price. For example, if you have three estimates (two that are similar in price and one that is significantly cheaper), there is probably a reason that one is that much cheaper. A quality roof with quality installation will last decades but you could find yourself paying a higher price for a shoddy roof in the long run.

If you call J. Smegal Roofing, you'll find their team provides top customer service, from returning calls in less than 24 business hours to fully explaining their estimates and financing options. Estimators take the time to accurately measure and document the job site and to provide a quote — and then go the extra mile to answer any and all questions.

Ready to get started? Call 413-655-ROOF or visit jsmegalroofing.com.

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