Things to Look Out for in a Roof Replacement Estimate

Things to Look Out for in a Roof Replacement EstimateReceiving a roofing experts estimate in the event of a roof replacement can be crucial. Most would recommend that you receive at least 2 to 3 estimates if you’re planning some form of roofing replacement project. Most roofing contractors will provide you an itemized quote regarding the project that you’re working on. When checking through a roof replacement estimate it’s important to look out for some of the signs of trouble and some of the costs that may be misrepresented. Here are some of the top things that you need to really examine with any estimate for roof replacement:

The required information:

Any roof replacement estimate needs to be done in details. This includes the type of roofing material that’s being used, the manufacturer that the roofing contractor is going to get it from, the color of the materials as well as the overall costs. Your estimate needs to also detailed the full costs of removing all roofing materials, the cost of disposal and any rental fees for equipment or disposal bins. The final elements that you will have to see on any type of roofing estimate includes the overall timeline to replace your roof, warranty information from the company and the due dates that are required for payment on every aspect of your roofing replacement. 

Questions you should ask:

Even if all of this information is present on the quote, you should ask plenty of questions when you are receiving a roof replacement estimate. Asking a contractor if they are professionally licensed, certified and insured is important. If you can see their qualifications and make sure that they are accurate this can also help to protect you in the event that there’s ever an accident on the job site. 

Ask specifically about payments:

If you can get details on payments as well as the payment schedules, this can add a lot of clarification to your quote. There are some contractors that may expect a larger deposit upfront whereas others may be comfortable with you paying over time. Choose a comfortable plan that works for you and your family and make sure that you are able to get a payment schedule that isn’t too rigid. As you start asking about payments and working on payment schedules, make sure that you know more about penalties if you happened to miss a payment. Finding out about the worst-case scenario can really help to prepare you if there is ever an emergency.

Ask about business experience:

Getting a great price on a roofing job may be too good to be true. Make sure that you’re asking any contractor about their experience in the business and how many years that they have been working on roofing systems. If the contractor doesn’t have an excellent safety record or years of experience, you could run into problems with your roofing job. Inexperienced contractors often under quote and can work somewhat inefficiently as well. 

Ask about the worst-case scenario:

It may be a difficult subject to bring up, but asking about the worst-case scenario like property damage, poor weather or an accident on the job site can help you learn who will be responsible for paying damages and what will happen in an emergency. 

Ask about your coverage:

A roofing contractor may offer their own warranty on labor and this may also come as a bonus to the manufacturer warranty that’s already in place. Asking about your level of coverage if something were to go wrong with your roof can be important to seeing the value of a specific installation. Asking about your coverage will help to make sure that if something goes wrong on your roof, you can make sure that the roofing system might be repaired under a warranty. 

The process of getting a roofing quote can often require speaking to several contractors and doing some shopping around. If you are willing to put in the time and research, you can make sure that you end up with the best price, the best security and the best value for your roofing replacement. Contact us today with all of your questions and to receive your complimentary detailed roofing estimate!