Replacing your roof is a costly, complicated process that may seem overwhelming for homeowners. Obtaining, reading, and knowing what to look for in a roofing estimate may be intimidating all by itself. Here are a few things to know and look for when considering estimates for roof replacement.
Before you get an estimate:
The roofing contractor will first inspect the roof before giving you an estimate. You can get a better idea of what to expect in an estimate by knowing what the inspection will look for:
Roof pitch and size
Amount and type of roofing material to be removed
Additional roof elements, such as chimneys and dormers
Damage to the roof or nearby structures
All these factors can affect the complexity of the work.
What will be in the estimate?
Each contractor’s estimate will look a little different–some are short and handwritten, others are longer and more official-looking printouts. Whatever they look like at first glance, reputable roof installers should provide a precise, detailed estimate to help you make the right decision. Information to look for should include:
Amount of work recommended
Type of materials used
Estimated completion date
Cost of labor, materials, cleanup, and transportation (if applicable)
Proof of licensing (if required), workman’s compensation, and liability insurance.
The cheapest is not always the best.
If you’re working with a strict budget, choosing the lowest bid you receive may seem sensible. However, it is often best to disregard the lowest bid.
A low bid could indicate that a contractor may cut corners by using poor-quality materials or being desperate for the work. Spending a little more for higher-quality work with an in-demand contractor can save you headaches later by getting the job done right the first time.
Professional estimates and replacement.
Is it time to replace your home roof? Now you know what to look for in a roofing estimate, so you’re ready to contact a local roofing contractor like Peak Custom Remodeling for a consultation today.