Preparing to reroof your home can be a daunting task. Receiving estimates for a new roof can be confusing and hard to understand if you don’t know what to look for. Here are 3 things you should expect from your roofing estimate.
1. When The Estimator Arrives
When your roofing estimator arrives, they will begin by measuring your roof, the height, width, and pitch. Next, they may get into your attic and check for leaks, rotting wood, and any vents or other things that may affect your roof quality. Once they is done measuring, they will speak with you about the materials you are interested in, what would work on your structure, and what the home needs roofing-wise to be safe, attractive, and up to county code.
2. When the Quote Comes
After a day or two you should receive your reroof quote. This quote should include specifics on how the roof work will be completed, pricing for any potential extra costs like wood (which would replace any rotted wood under your existing roof), and there should be a written labor warranty. It should be easily readable, so you understand exactly how much you will pay, what could be extra, and what the reroof project entails. You can also ask for quotes for different types of roofing, for example, shingle and metal, if you are unsure of what material you want to choose.
3. After You Receive the Quote
After you receive your reroof quote, call your contractor with any questions. A good contractor will be able to explain anything you don’t understand, and can further explain pricing, how the job works, and anything else you need to know. Keep in mind that no credible roofing contractors should ask for full payment up front, this is a red flag and companies who state this in their contract should be avoided.
Reroofing your home is a big investment. Verifying details of your contract with your estimator will help you understand what you need and what you are buying, and will help you make a smart choice.