If you are looking to get some roof repair or even have a new roof put on your house you definitely want to shop around. But do you know what to look for in a roofing estimate? Roofing is a complex and potentially dangerous job. The roofer you hire to fix your roof could be doing the right thing, or they could be hurting your home worse than if they hadn’t touched it at all.
If you’re not really sure what’s wrong with your roof, but know that it needs work, then the best advice we can give is to get several estimates and compare them carefully before deciding which one to go with. And make sure the company has liability insurance in case something goes wrong!
The Basics of What to Look for in a Roofing Estimate
The following factors should be included in any estimate: First off, an accurate assessment of what’s gone wrong with your roof so far. Second, an assessment of how much damage there might be lurking inside (and whether that damage is something the roofer can fix or if you’ll need to hire another contractor as well). Third, a breakdown of the materials and labor that will be needed to do the job right; fourth, an estimate of how long the project will take to complete. Below is a more detailed breakdown of what to look for in a roofing estimate.
The Essentials of What To Look for in a Roofing Estimate
The following are some things you should look out for when you get your estimates:
- If they don’t include the time it will take to do the job or materials that need to be bought in addition to what they’re selling you. If they’re selling you a completely new roof but only give an estimate of how much time it’ll take to remove your old one, then there’s more work involved that they’re not telling you about.
- If they seem to be charging too much for materials or labor. Get quotes from other companies to see if their prices are more in line with reality.
- If they don’t have liability insurance. This is important in case something goes wrong and they end up damaging your property.
- If they’re not licensed and insured. It’s the law, so you don’t want to hire someone who doesn’t follow it.
- If they seem like shady characters or give you the creeps. This is pretty intuitive, but sometimes we can be wrong about people; make sure to judge them fairly before hiring them.
- If they don’t include the number of people who will be doing the work. If you know what you’re getting into ahead of time, then it’s easier to figure out how long it’ll take.
- If they have a lot of negative reviews online. This can often be faked or manipulated so might not be the best indication, but it’s worth taking into account.
- If you can’t easily get in touch with them. This could be a sign that they’re not really interested in your job.
- How long they’ve been in business. The longer they’ve been around, the more likely it is that they’re doing good work and staying in business.
- Make sure to look at the impression they make as a whole. Do their estimates seem fair? Are they respectful of you and your home? Are you comfortable with them knowing all about your house and its contents?
Talk to Multiple Roofing Companies
Don’t rush into hiring someone without getting more than one estimate first. Even if you think you know someone who can fix your roof or they seem like a good deal right away, it’s still best to get more than one estimate. You don’t want to end up having to pay twice because of a bad decision.
Any reputable company should be happy to provide an estimate and answer any questions you might have about their qualifications. If they don’t seem interested in your job, then that’s probably a sign you should find someone else.
Talk to everyone around you when it comes time to choose a roofer. Your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors who have had their roofs done recently are all good sources of advice. Check online for reviews about roofers in your area. It’s always a good idea to get several estimates before you make a decision and be sure to read the fine print on any contracts before signing.