For some homeowners, the thought of repairing or installing a new roof is enough to make their heads spin. Some have no inkling of the types of roofing materials available. In contrast, others don’t know what to expect when they request a roof estimate and quote.
The confidence-inspiring pros at QE Roofing endeavor to streamline the entire process. By so doing, they can ensure you get the roofing services you need without additional hassles. So, grab your favorite drink, and let’s look at what you can expect from a roof estimate and quote.
A Comprehensive Inspection
Mostly, the roofer sends a representative to your site on a fact-finding mission – to inspect the roof and gather information. They usually look at various aspects of the roof, such as its age, design, current condition, and signs of impending damage.
Additionally, they check for safety concerns that could affect the project’s duration or cost. They also inspect components such as flashings, gutters, valleys, soffits, and vents.
The estimation process is typically quick – taking roughly an hour, tops. And while you don’t need to be around during the inspection, it’s advisable to stick around. By so doing, you can ask questions and get acquainted with the roofer. What’s more, they may need to inspect the interior of your house to get a better picture of the roof’s condition – if you’re planning to replace it.
The Roof Estimate
After the inspection, the representative offers you a written estimate outlining the project. Every contractor has their variation of a roofing estimate, but they must include the following vital information:
- A detailed description – Which roofing services do they plan to provide? If you intend to restore an old roof by replacing old shingles or tiles, they need to include that in the estimate. And if you plan to install a new roof, ditto. They should also specify the materials (brands, types, colors, and styles) they plan to use. Their estimate should also explain the removal or disposal of existing debris. If this implies renting a dumpster, they should include the cost in their estimate. While it is, they should explain how they plan to address issues that might arise, such as drainage problems or structural issues.
- Project cost and payment schedule – Every contractor must include a total cost breakdown plus the corresponding payment schedule. Do they expect a deposit? When and how often do they expect payments? What additional services do they offer?
- Project timeline – Your estimate should include the expected duration of the project. For instance, if you’re planning a fresh installation, find out when the materials will arrive. The roofer should also point out how long each stage of the process will likely take. Even so, the estimate should account for variables that cause unanticipated delays. Quotes also include an expiration date, which signifies the pricing is valid for a specific duration.
- Warranty Information – Does the firm offer a workmanship warranty? When evaluating your potential contractor, determine whether they stand by their work and what their warranty covers. Most contractors offer material and labor warranties, and they should detail them in the estimate. Their estimate should also point out the duration of the guarantee. It might also help to establish if they offer an extended warranty on materials as this can help you save money.
- Company details – Any contractor worth their salt includes their contact information on their estimate. We’re referring to their address, name, phone number, email address, and social media profile. They also include their license details and insurance policy number in the estimate. Consider verifying the validity of this information, especially if you plan to hire them. Otherwise, you might be on the hook for liabilities arising during roofing. Or your completed roof might fail to meet the local building regulations.
- Permit costs – Your local government might require certain permits before the roofing project. Ask your contractor if they plan to obtain the necessary paperwork or can assist you. Thus, the estimate should factor in permit costs if necessary.
Estimates or quotes serve as a foundation for roofing projects. And the only way to be confident about the whole process is by knowing what to expect. Thus, a quote should provide the details you need to help you select the ideal roofer for the job.
Use a fine-tooth comb to go through the estimate, and ask questions or request clarification if something looks off. And remember that often, you get what you pay for, so don’t compromise on quality – go for an experienced roofer, even if they might charge slightly more than average.