In a roof repair or replacement project, one of the essential details you need to familiarize yourself with is the estimates from roofing contractors. These proposals generally contain an itemized list of the labor and material costs as well as the project’s timeframe.
An estimate from a prospective roofer will be different from the others especially in terms of the pricing. When evaluating these proposals, it helps that you know what to look for so you can eliminate those that don’t meet the minimum standards of what a roofing estimate should be. Today, we discuss the important considerations when assessing the information supplied in all the estimates you’ve obtained.
Breakdown of Roofing Materials
A detailed roofing estimate must have an itemized list of all the materials that will be needed for the project. With this, you have a better idea of where your money is going. The proposals will surely include your choice of roofing material like asphalt shingles or metal panels. However, you must see to it that the supplementary items like felt underlayment, fasteners, sealants, and extra plywood are included along with their corresponding costs.
Aside from the actual amount of every item, the itemized estimate also gives you an idea of the quality of each material. You might notice the cost of certain material in one of the estimates is higher than that of the others. It’s easy to dismiss this as an overcharge, but it could also mean the specific item is of better quality. It is for this reason that you need to know what each portion of the estimate accounts for.
The Cost of Labor
Reviewing estimates allows you to discern which roofing contractor is providing the best service for the best price. Just like the material section of the proposal, the labor section should also be given equal importance. An estimate that charges more on labor often means that the contractor employs skilled workers. Unfortunately, some shy away from this thinking it’s not worth the expense.
If you want a high-quality roof, you want it to be installed by experienced workers. See to it that their charge for labor is justifiable; check if the contractor is certified by top roofing manufacturers. Verify if it carries the necessary insurance and proper licenses to perform roof installations and replacements in your local area.
Most roofing materials come with a manufacturer’s warranty, with the years of coverage varying depending on the certifications and the industry brands. Some offer the basic 25-year warranty while others offer up to 50 years’ coverage. However, that’s not the only thing you need to see in your estimate.
Of course, you want the roofing contractor to also offer its own warranty that covers installation and materials. It will often offer a warranty that’s similar to the roofing material’s length of warranty. If all the prospective contractors that provided the estimates all offer the same warranty, consider working with one that is close to your location. This way, the pros can easily visit your home for scheduled roof maintenance or emergency roof repairs in the future.
When comparing estimates, make sure the roofing contractors included a section for “incidentals.” This blanket term industry refers to any additional roof-related services like cleanup and waste disposal. Ask the prospective contractors a few questions if you don’t find this section in one or more of your estimates. After all, you don’t want to hire a roofer who is going to leave those torn shingles and nails scattered in your yard or charge you at the last minute to perform the cleanup.
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