Roofing Quotes - What Should I Look For?

Saturday, January 13th, 2018 by Best Choice Roofing


Choosing to replace your roof is one of the largest monetary investments you can make in your home. So, you want to be sure you understand exactly how the costs are determined and that you are comfortable with the roofing contractor doing the work.

Every roofing company may calculate their cost estimates slightly differently. If you request a quote, always ask for a written proposal that details every cost broken out. Just comparing a lump-sum can be helpful in ruling out those contractors that are out of your budget, but it is good to know where your costs are coming from. For inspections, if a roofing contractor charges a $500 removal fee to the old shingles and other items taken off of your roof, but another contractor doesn’t, then this is valuable information to know. When you receive a roofing estimate, it should explicitly spell out:

  • The scope of the project. Is this a roof repair, or a complete replacement. Be sure that the scope of the project covers what you need to be done, nothing more and nothing less.
  • The timeline of the project. Thinking that a roof replacement will be completed in a week versus a month is important to know. A reputable contractor will likely detail phases of the project with estimated completion dates. With roofing, understand that based on weather conditions, a project that was scheduled to be completed in 2 days, could easily be extended to a week.
  • The payment terms. This should detail when payment is expected and how. Be careful with supplying credit card information for a deposit. Ask if they will automatically charge the card or if they will contact you again later for the other payments.
  • The cost of labor and materials. It is helpful to know how much labor accounts for the total estimate and how much are materials.
  • Additional costs such as the cost for permits to be pulled any removal fees as well as any obstruction fees that may be charged. Some roofing companies may charge you if they have to cut back an overhanging tree to get their equipment and tools in to repair or replace the roof. So, be aware of these often little, but hidden fees.
  • Materials to be used. The proposal should outline the type of materials used, the quantity of each, and the estimated cost for each material type.
  • Product or workmanship warranties. Most roofing materials come with a manufacturers warranty, and more established roofing contractors will offer a 3 or 5-year guarantee on the workmanship.

If not included in the quote, always ask for a lien release. This protects you in case the roofer skips out on paying their materials vendors or their subcontractors. Your house is protected and you are not held liable for covering their missed payments. Before you settle on a contractor based on their quote, be sure to have at least 3-4 other estimates to compare. This can give you a better idea of how their charges are calculated and where their charges are coming from. With Best Choice Roofing, we will be happy to inspect your roof, provide you with a comprehensive free quote and explain every step of the process to you. To get started, give us a call today at 1-844-228-5001 and one of our friendly and professional roofing specialists will schedule your roofing appointment.

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