Maine

Maine Construction and Home Improvement AssociationsMaine's rich history of construction spans everything from the sailing ships of the early 1800s, stately captain's homes and quality furniture. With a population of approximately 1.3 million, area of 33,265 square miles, 23,450 miles of public roads and 3,700 bridges inspected by Maine DOT, infrastructure accounts for the largest percentage of Maine construction needs today. Maine boasts of a large number of antique structures including light houses and homes that require specialized renovation and repair.

Construction licensing in the state of Maine

The Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation provides a listing all the occupations licensed by the state of Maine. This list includes the following occupations related to the construction industry:

Boiler Inspectors
Boiler Operators
Door-to-Door Home Repair Sellers
Electricians
Elevator Inspectors and Mechanics
Interior Designers
Land Surveyors
Landscape Architects
Manufactured Housing Professionals
Oil and Solid Fuel Technicians
Plumbers
Propane & Natural Gas Technicians
Professional Engineers
Soil Scientists

Currently the state of Maine does not regulate general contractors. To find out more information regarding the requirements for licensing and industry regulation, go to the state of Maine website at www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing/.

General contracting in the state of Maine

People living in Maine, especially people who live in antique homes, are keenly interested in evidence that the contractor has the skill level and knowledge required. Many towns and villages have stringent ordinances in place regulating any construction on historic homes or homes in historic districts. General contractors should continue to monitor activity at the state legislature regarding licensing legislation.

If you are trying to find a contractor in Maine you can use this site to get price quotes.

HVAC and plumbing

In the state of Maine, the majority of heating during the six months of winter is through oil fired forced water boilers. Therefore, plumbing and HVAC go hand-in-hand in Maine. A person can be a plumber and not a HVAC technician. However, a HVAC technician in the state of Maine will require knowledge of plumbing. Both of these occupations are licensed by the state.

Electrical contracting

This is also an occupation that is regulated at the state level. Historic homes, unfortunately, have historic electrical systems behind plaster walls in many instances. Knowing how to maintain and improve these older systems is just as valuable as understanding how to use electrical systems to harness natural energy provided through wind, tidal and solar power. This mix of old and new makes Maine a unusual and interesting place to work as an electrician.

Concrete, brick and stone work

The popular use of fireplaces to supplement heating during winter and historic brick homes provide the majority of work for masons. From time to time, interesting work in restoration of stone walls will be required. These stone walls often are more than 200 years old. Stone walls in Maine were used to identify edges of fields and property lines during the early years of America. These walls were simply stone piled on each other without the use of mortar and have stood the test of time. While concrete, brick and stonework are not an industry regulated by the state of Maine, any construction must be designed by a professional engineer, which is regulated by the state. To maintain boundaries, even repair of the old stone walls should be under the guidance of a licensed land surveyor.

Bridges and roads

In Maine, the weather makes the construction season a short one. The large size of the state supports a roadway system that is larger per population than most other states. Work is abundant in Maine during late spring to late fall for construction work on the 23,450 miles of road and 3,700 bridges. While the Maine Department of Transportation does not license contractors, it does have a pre-qualification system in place before an application is accepted. This includes review of the contractor's job safety record, employment history, civil rights violations, bonding, and claims from other jobs. Contact the Maine Department of Transportation for more information at www.maine.gov/mdot/.

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