Replacing your roof is a costly, complicated process that may seem overwhelming for homeowners. Obtaining and reading an estimate for roofing work 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 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 clear, detailed estimate to help you make the right decision.
Information to look for should include:
- Amount of work to be done
- Type of materials used
- Estimated completion date
- Cost of labor, materials, cleanup, and transportation (if applicable)
- Proof of licensing (if required), workmans’ compensation, and liability insurance.
Cheapest is not always best
If you’re working with a strict budget, it may seem sensible to choose the lowest bid you receive. However, it is often best to disregard the lowest bid.
A low bid could indicate that a contractor may cut corners, such as using poor quality materials, or they are desperate for the work. Spending a little more for higher-quality work, with an in-demand contractor, can save you on headaches later by getting the job done right the first time.
Professional estimates and replacement
Is it time to replace your home roof? Contact the experts at Peak Custom Remodeling.