How to Know You’re Getting a Trustworthy Roof Estimate
Installing a new roof on your home is a major investment. You will be spending a lot of money. So, a new roof estimate is imperative to your budget. However, many homeowners aren’t sure what a roof replacement should cost.
How do you know you are getting a good value from a contractor?
Perhaps you don’t know what to expect from a roofing quote. Or maybe the whole process is extremely overwhelming.
What is in an Estimate?
Your home and everything in it, including your family, is protected by your roof. This is why it is important to get several estimates before deciding on a roofing contractor.
A new roof estimate includes a breakdown of the expenses involved in a roofing job. A good estimate outlines everything in detail and in writing. This should include:
- Start and completion dates and what happens in the event of inclement weather.
- Cost of labor and materials.
- Permit costs.
- Payment terms.
- Information on the type of underlayment, flashing, shingles and ventilation being used.
- Workmanship and manufacturer warranties.
- Construction debris clean up, removal, and disposal of old roofing materials.
- Proof of roofing or contractor’s license, workers’ compensation, and liability insurance.
- Termination clause which spells out specific conditions for breaking the contract.
Because they do things the right way from the start, experienced and reputable roofing contractors are less likely to change their original estimates.
Get Multiple Estimates
Getting at least three roofing estimates is a good practice if you want to get the best value for your money. Any reputable roofing contractor will usually provide you with a free roofing estimate. Start by asking friends and neighbors for recommendations of roofing companies they have had good experiences with. You can also check reviews with the Better Business Bureau and on Angie’s List. Roofing installations are unique because most homeowners only have this job done once if ever, so relying on a community of references is a good idea.
Question to Ask Contractors
There are a few questions you should ask before hiring a roofing company. Poor workmanship can lead to costly roof repairs and leaks in the future, requiring more time and money.
You can start by asking how long the company has been in business and how experienced the roofing crew is. You might put your roof at risk if your home is the one a company is cutting its teeth on.
Also ask about insurance, permits, and licensing. You need to be sure your contractor is cleared to work in your area, or the project could be shut down before it is finished. Be sure to verify that your roofer’s license is current and free of any outstanding violations.
Inquire as to how long the roofing company’s work is guaranteed. A workmanship roof warranty usually lasts a year, though some roofers provide longer warranties. The materials are usually covered by the manufacturer, and the work is usually covered by the roofer. Because these are two separate warranties, inquire with the roofer about what each one covers and how long each one lasts.
Ask prospective roofers for a few customer references so you can see for yourself whether you’ll be satisfied with their work.
Investing in a new roof can add curb appeal and give your home value a big boost. It can make a major difference in the appearance of your home and improves your home’s energy efficiency. It takes a bit of time and research to end up with a reputable roofer that has your best interests in mind.
If you are ready for a new roof estimate, Armorvue Home Exteriors is here to meet your roofing needs. Our knowledge and experience guarantee a roof that looks great, is energy-efficient, and extremely durable. Contact us today for a free estimate and roofing consultation.
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