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Five Things to Look for in a Roofing Estimate

If you're looking for estimates to repair or replace your residential roof, you probably know you should get multiple quotes and compare them. However, unless you have experience with roof repairs, you may not know exactly what you should look for in these quotes. Below are some aspects of a full quote. Quotes that do not include all of these elements can be difficult to compare and can make it difficult for you to assess what type of work you should expect. 

1. A Material List

The material list is one of the most important parts of an estimate as the price and quality of materials can vary drastically. The material list should include the type of roofing material, manufacturer, and color. It should also include additional materials such as underlayment, drip edging, ice and water shielding, and various types of flashing. 

2. Scope of Work

You may be surprised at all of the extra work surrounding roof repairs. Things like removing the old roofing, replacing flashing as opposed to leaving the old flashing, adding new vents, and repairing internal and exterior finishes that can be damaged during the roofing repairs can add up. Often, if you get a quote that is lower than the others, it doesn't include some of these extra services, which can either leave you with plenty of work to finish on your own or poor installation.  

3. Installation Method

The main two roof installation methods are through-fastener systems and clip-fastener systems. Clip-fastener systems tend to be more expensive but often provide a better appearance and less risk of warping in the future. They are also often eligible for longer warranty periods. 

4. Approximate Start and Completion Dates 

The length of time involved in a roof installation can also affect the cost. Quicker installation usually means hiring more labor. Slower installation can be cheaper but can expose aspects of your home to inclement weather. The length of the project and the availability of the contractor should be included in the quote so you can compare offers. 

5. Length and Type of Warranty 

Higher quality materials often come with a longer, more-extensive warranty. This will be reflected in the cost of the project. Additionally, you will want to take note of what aspects of the installation are covered by the warranty. 

Getting three or four different estimates for a roof is a good starting point. However, you need to know how to compare the quotes to get the roof you want. For more information, contact residential roofers.