There comes a time for every roof to be replaced. And the first step to getting a new roof is acquiring a few professional roof replacement estimates.
Since your roof is such a big and important investment, you should know what to pay attention to in these estimates so that you can avoid overpriced roofs or any potential issues further along in the process.
Roofing contractors with years of experience and a good reputation in the local community are most likely to give you the best and most transparent estimate for your particular roofing needs. And this estimate generally consists of a cost breakdown, listing parts and details of the roofing project along with their expected price.
So, how should your roofing contractor go about the estimate and what exactly should the estimate include? Read on and find out all the details!
First Things First: A Roof Inspection
In most cases, your roofing contractor will first inspect your roof and check its current condition, along with the conditioning of the underlying structures, to determine whether your roof actually needs to be replaced.
Even though you may think your roof needs to be replaced, the inspection can show you may only need a few repairs. On the other hand, if your roof is old and turns out it has some serious, irreparable damages, a new roof will often be the only solution.
Moreover, when the roof also has underlying structural damage, such as issues with the decking, this part of the roof will also need to be replaced, which may raise the overall cost of your roof replacement.
Once the inspection is completed, your roofer will provide you with a written report and an estimate. Follow along to discover what the estimate will contain.
Roof Replacement Estimate Breakdown
The roof replacement estimate is first and foremost based on the total roof area and square footage. This naturally means that larger roofs will require more materials and labor to be completely replaced, as well as more time. Therefore, the entire estimate and the final price will largely depend on the size of your roof.
Based on the size of your roof, the roofer will calculate and estimate the amount of roofing material they will need for the replacement and determine the types of material that will be used. This information should be clearly listed on the estimate.
Of course, you will choose the material you want for your roof together with your roofer, which could be anything from asphalt shingle roofing to metal roofing.
The manufacturer, style, and color of the shingles (or any other roofing type you choose), along with the price of all other roofing materials and parts installed, such as underlayment, flashing, and ridge vents, will all be detailed in the estimate.
Labor Cost & Scope
In addition to the materials and their cost, your roof replacement estimate should also list the expected price and scope of the labor involved. This will again depend on the size of your roof – the amount of time and effort that will go into the project.
The cost of labor can also vary from roofer to roofer, but whichever the price, the most important thing to make sure of is that the roofer will do quality work. Sometimes, hiring professional and experienced local roofers whose price is a bit higher is a better choice than going for the cheapest option because it usually means you’ll be getting a higher quality of work and great peace of mind.
Warranties are a very important guarantee of the quality of work that’s being done and the roofing materials used. Therefore, the roofing estimate should also clearly state whether the work is covered by any type of workmanship warranty and whether a manufacturer’s warranty is included for the products used on your roof.
And last but not least, your estimate should state the expected final price, what type of payments are accepted by the roofer, whether you can pay in installments, if any upfront payments are necessary, and whether the roofer offers any financing options. This will help you plan your budget properly and make sure everything on the financial front is clear from start to finish.
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