What Should You Look For in a Roof Estimate?
Updated: Apr 14
Have you thought about shopping around for a long overdue roof replacement but you're unsure what to look for in the roof estimates?
Most homeowners don’t really know what to check for in their roof replacement estimates and they feel overwhelmed with all the options and numbers thrown their way.
Every homeowner should know exactly what is involved in a legitimate roof estimate and the dollar amount of the estimate should not be all you consider when choosing a roofing company to replace your roof.
Before you even get an estimate, here a few tips to start the process:
Find out whether the roofing company offers free roof estimates
Check out the roofing company’s website, social media, and reviews
Contact several roofing companies to compare multiple estimates
Not every roofing estimate will be the same but knowing the basics and what should be included is always helpful. Here are a few line items to look for:
- Payment Information – Payment due dates/insurance information
- Full Description of Work
- Approximate Timeline – timeline of roof replacement from start to finish
- Costs – estimated costs of removing old roof, hauling away debris, renting dumpster, etc
- Estimate of costs of materials
- Roof Replacement Guarantees - workmanship and cleanup
- Warranty information
- Insurance and Licensing information
- Provisions for add-on costs if additional charges are needed
- Agreement termination details for exiting agreement without penalties
There are other specific line items to look for in your roof estimate which will help you make the best decisions. Below, we have a listed a few estimate questions to consider:
How will your contractor protect your property during your roof replacement?
What is the installation method your contractor will use to install your new roof?
How much will it cost to repair rotted decking, if needed?
Does the estimate list the roof system components that will be replaced? (underlayment, ice and water shield, shingles, ridge capping etc)
Does your estimate include what kind of warranties you’ll get with your roof replacement?
Does the estimate include tax?
Does the estimate include the entire roofing project or just the shingles or tiles?
Who is responsible for cost of damage incurred to your house or landscaping during installation?
The number one thing to remember when going through the roof replacement estimate process is…
Never sign a contract with a roofer that HAS NOT performed a roof inspection of your roof!
When thinking about replacing your roof and shopping for the roofing contractor to use, remember that you’re the homeowner and you deserve to know exactly what is involved in your roof estimate.
Your estimate will also depend on if insurance is involved. If there is an insurance claim, then the price is already set by the insurance company, and the line items on the estimates are what you want to look at to compare contractors and what is included in their estimate.
At Prodigy Roofing, we provide homeowners with a free, no-obligation roof inspection to assess whether repairs or replacement is necessary. We’re a locally, trusted roofing company, servicing Gwinnett County and all of Georgia. We're not a traveling roofer sailing through town after a storm hoping to sell you a new roof.
When you receive an estimate from us, our professional team at Prodigy Roofing will go over with you your estimate, line by line, to ensure you know exactly what you’re paying for.
At Prodigy Roofing, we not only offer a free, drone, roof inspection, we offer a free online storm damage quiz to see if you qualify for a free roof through your homeowner’s insurance:
At Prodigy Roofing, we are experts in roof repair and roof replacement in Gwinnett County and all of Georgia. We will make sure your roofing job, from estimate to clean up, is done with trustworthiness and the best quality work possible. We always promise not to sell you anything you don’t need and we’re happy to answer any questions and concerns.
Contact us online to provide you with a thorough and honest roof estimate:
Or give us a call today at 470-496-2913 and let’s get started on your free, no-obligation roof estimate. Take a look at our website to learn more about us and our services. We want to be your roofer and we’ll make sure we get the job done right!
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