When you get a roof estimate – the amount that your roofing company quotes you to either repair or replace your roof – you’ll most likely want to know how the inspector arrived at that number. It’s important that you know that proposals definitely differ between contractors.
Pro Tip: If a contractor wants to give you a quote without “crunching numbers,” that’s not the right contractor for you. Likewise, if someone gives you a verbal quote without writing anything down, choose another roofing company.
One thing’s for sure, though: When you ask a professional roofing contractor (one with a good reputation in the community) for a quote, the contractor should be able to break it down for you to explain the costs of materials and labor. This is exceptionally important, because a roof – whether you’re having it repaired or replaced – is a big investment that most homeowners have to make at least a couple of times.
A good roof estimate includes all the information you need, but if you don’t see it, feel free to ask. You need to work with a contractor who’s willing to go into the details with you. Some of the factors that go into a roof estimate include:
- Project details
- Cost of materials
- Cost of labor
- Cost for permits
- Cost of cleanup and removal of debris
- Information on the type of materials the contractor recommends or that you’ve chosen
- The types of product warranties that come with your materials
- Information on workmanship warranties
Your contractor should outline the project’s details for you, including when the project will start and end, payment terms and who’s responsible for what.
Cost of Materials, Labor and Permits
Your materials and the contractors’ labor should be listed and estimated in your paperwork. The cost of the permits (every locality is different) should be in there, too.
Cost of Cleanup and Removal of Debris
Cleanup and debris removal, which is especially important for large roof repairs and complete roof replacements, has to be included in your roof estimate. That way, you’ll know the complete cost of every phase of the project.
You and your contractor will talk about the materials you want to use, whether you’ve chosen synthetic slate, asphalt shingles or other materials, as well as underlayment, flashing and ventilation components. That way, your roofer can give you an accurate cost based on how much you need.
If the products you’ve chosen come with warranties, your contractor can give you all the information you need. Workmanship warranties and guarantees are important, too.
Do You Need a Roof Estimate?
When your roof isn’t doing its job of protecting your home, it’s time for a free roof inspection. Call us at 469-222-4506 today. We’ll work around your busy schedule and set up a time for a professional inspector to check out your roof’s issues, and we’ll provide you with a roof estimate that helps you make the best possible decision.