What Should Be Included in a Roofing Estimate

If you’re searching for a roofing estimate, especially if it’s your first time, you might be overwhelmed with the process. With so many roofing contractors to choose from and no experience in the process, finding the right person for your work can be scary! Fortunately, there’s nothing to fear when you do your homework and learn what should be in a roofing estimate and how to choose a contractor you love.

How Do I Start Getting a Roofing Estimate?

The roofing estimate process begins with choosing your contractor. You may have multiple contractors you’d like to work with, so you can compare quotes, or you might have only one in mind you want for the job. Whichever approach you choose, be sure to look over their testimonials from previous customers, any reviews you can find, and their business credentials. Take notes so you can ask any questions you may have about this info during your estimate process.

Ask Plenty of Questions

When you get a chance to talk with your potential roofer, either in person or over the phone, you can ask them some important questions before selecting them as your contractor. Here are some common questions you might want to ask:

  • How long will it take to get an estimate?
  • Are you licensed in this field?
  • Do you have references from past customers?
  • Do you offer a warranty or guarantee for the quality of your work?
  • Are you insured?
  • Do you subcontract work?
  • Do you offer written estimates?

What Does the Onsite Inspection Look Like?

A representative of the roofing contractor will come to inspect your roof at an agreed-upon time. That person will need to see the exterior of your roof and the interior to check for leaks (so have your building ready!). You don’t have to be on-hand for the inspection but be ready to provide access to any parts of your building necessary. After your roof has been examined, a process that usually takes 30-60 minutes, you will receive a quote usually within the next ten days.

Request a Written Estimate

Getting your quote in writing is a smart idea. You’ll need the quote if you are submitting a claim to your insurance company. Even if you’re not, the written quote will act as a good record for any future needs and help you understand your roofing work. The written estimate will detail how the roof is damaged, what repairs are needed, what material will be used, how much labor is required, and the final estimated costs of these items. Double-check that the written estimate includes all of this information in an easy-to-understand format; this will help ensure your insurance company is satisfied. If your roofing contractor only offers a non-written estimate, cross them from your list and look elsewhere for your quote.

The written estimate should be updated if any extra costs are incurred during the job. When the contractor performs the roofing work, they may discover new or unexpected damage. When these newly-found costs are added to the written estimate, this prevents any surprise charges at the end of the roofing process.

What Should the Roofing Estimate Include?

As stated earlier, the roofing estimate should include the type of roof damage, the kind of repair needed, the materials that will be used, the labor involved, and the expected costs of all these things. Every detail about the work should be in it.

Your written estimate may reveal why one contractor is a better choice than another. A cheaper contractor may not include the same services or materials as a more quality one. Some roofers may only quote shingles; that’s why it’s important to ask for and review an itemized project cost. Only seeing the whole project cost and not an itemized list risks missing the bigger picture on your roofing work.

I Like My Estimate and My Contractor. What Now?

If you’re satisfied you’ve got the right estimate from the right roofing professional, it’s time to move forward with confirming payment details. Do not offer to pay upfront for your roofing work. You may pay a deposit at this stage, but a reputable roofer won’t require you to pay everything upfront. When the work is completed, you’ll pay the final amount.

Final Thoughts

With the right research and preparation, it’s easy to choose a roofing contractor you trust. Ask plenty of questions, and be sure to request a written estimate. When you know what to expect and are ready for the process, your search for the right roofer will go much smoother.

Contact Us

If your roof is in need of repair or replacement, then contact North Shore Roofing. Our experienced roofers have decades of experience helping businesses and homeowners with all of their roofing needs. Call us at (978) 977-3816 and connect with us on Facebook.