May 31

6 Elements of a Proper Roofing Estimate


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Replacing a roof is something that most homeowners will experience at least once. A roof is one of the most important elements of a house. The process of hiring a roofing contractor should not be a stressful undertaking. If the proper research is done and you know what to expect in a roofing estimate, choosing a contractor to replace your roof shouldn’t be that hard.

Important Details of a Roofing Estimate

You can begin the process of calling roofing contractors in your area by getting recommendations from friends and neighbors. It is recommended to get at least 3 bids and compare them before hiring a contractor. Be wary of roofing companies who show up right after a severe storm. Local, established roofing businesses are more reliable and accessible.

There can be a lot of variation in roofing estimates, depending on what each contractor chooses to include in the bid. That’s why you should review the pertinent details in each estimate.  

Here are some items that should be included in each roofing estimate.

1. Company Contact Info

All estimates should have the roofing company contact information that includes the company name, address, phone number, and email address. You’ll need this info if you have questions about the estimate. The insurance and licenses should be visible on the estimate so that you know they are legit.  If a roofing contractor doesn’t carry the right insurance or have the proper licenses required by the state or city, do not consider them for the job.

2. A Full Work Description

A very detailed description of the work to be done should be included in a roofing estimate. All roofing materials, underlayment type and thickness, flashing locations, and even the size of the nails and fasteners that are to be used should be listed. Tearing off the old roofing materials or ripping out rotten wood must also be in the estimate. Each step should be clearly defined.

3. Start and Completion Date

The start date is the day that the roofing contractor will begin work on your roof. You need to make sure this date meets your needs and schedule. The estimated completion date gives an idea of how fast the roofing contractor finishes the job. A roofing professional should be able to complete a roofing project on time, barring any unforeseen circumstances.

New roof estimates should also include the date that the quote was provided or created. This date may seem unimportant, but it can determine whether you get the price quoted or not. If you have an estimate that is six months old, then a new one may be needed because the first one created for you may be outdated by this time.

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4. Materials to Be Used

All materials that will be used to complete the roofing job are essential to determining the cost. This includes any shingles, flashing, soffit components, gutter pieces to be replaced, and any other products and materials that your roof will need. Even the type of sealant to close areas that require waterproofing needs to be listed.  If you notice that one estimate does not include something others have listed, then this is a red flag.

5. The Total Cost

Every new roof estimate will need to include the total project cost that you will have to pay for the work performed. Compare the costs of contractors to determine what is reasonable. The price should not just list the costs of the shingles. The essential details that make up the estimated project cost include:

  • Tearing off the old roof
  • New shingle installation
  • Underlayment
  • Flashing, kick-out flashing, counter flashing
  • Lead pipe jacks
  • Chimney work
  • Ice and water barrier
  • Ridge or box vents
  • Flapper vents
  • Gutters
  • Cleanup and dump fees
  • Permits
  • Labor

Remember, going with the lowest bid is not necessarily the best decision. All factors should be considered, like the company’s reputation, years in business, certifications, etc.

6. Warranties

Check each estimate to see what types of warranties and guarantees each roofing contractor offers. The estimate should also include a section that discusses the workmanship guarantees, material guarantees and clean up expectations. Roofing manufacturers offer extensive warranties to ensure you get a qualified and professional contractor.

The labor and material warranties are typically listed, and this can help you compare material durability and the quality of the workmanship between contractors.

Details Matter in a Roofing Estimate

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Reputable roofing companies are professional and upfront with their customers. Here at Brian Dawson Roofing, we are dedicated to providing the best roofing services possible, and we don’t compromise by excluding essential items in our estimates simply to present a lower bid.  If you need a roof inspection or a new roof, contact us today for your free estimate.


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