Getting in touch with a roofing company and receiving different roofing estimates is the first step in every successful roof installation. Of course, many factors come into play. From who to hire, what materials and warranties they offer, the level of workmanship; these are just some factors to take into consideration.
Getting in touch with multiple roofers and gathering their estimates is always a good step towards comparing what they can offer you; in order to decide the best fit for you and your home. Some steps to take when looking at estimates is:
1. Have an Idea of What You Want
The easiest way to determine a budget and make the right choice of what you are looking for is to make a checklist of the things that you want or need for your home. From the materials (whether asphalt or metal) to colors (such as brown or black shingles) to warranties. By having a checklist, you give the project manager a good idea of what you want, and in turn they are able to provide a fairly accurate estimate.
2. Obtain Multiple Roofing Estimates
Call a couple of reputable contractors in your area(hi Google!) and ask if you can get on their schedule for an inspection. Nowadays, almost every roofing company offers free inspections. Once their inspector is able to meet with you and inspect your roof, they should be able to provide a written estimate on what they find and what you want for your home. Furthermore, you will be able to meet face to face with one of the representatives of the company whose business you may hire later on.
Getting multiple estimates is essential – every company is different. They may offer different products or have different schedules that do not fit with yours. Only by comparing these estimates, will you know which roofing company is the best for the job at hand.
3. Pick Your Top Choice – And Hire Them
Once you are done looking over all the estimates, it’s time to select the most enticing package. Finding the right roofing contractor for your home is the most important part of this process – remember, contractors will vary in experience, skills and reputation.
Make sure the contractor you pick stands out from the rest. If necessary, ask them for references of past customers. They will be more than happy to provide these for you.
It is important to have written documentation of the estimate before making any final decisions. Signs of a high quality roofing estimate include:
- Materials – Description of work in detail.
- For example: Description of materials that the company uses, locations items will be installed, etc.
- Cost – The total cost of the project. Outlining the material costs (the roofing material, flashing, etc.)
- Labor costs
- Any potential additional expenses
- Payment options
- Date the payment is due
- Warranty – Always ask about the warranties for the materials that are in use. Knowing the length and coverage and having this in writing is the best proactive approach you can take.
- Guarantees – Check the contractor’s guarantee, some can promise a 2-5 year guarantee on their workmanship.
- Liability – A reputable roofing company should have their paperwork up to date. However, it doesn’t hurt to ask for sake of mind. While accidents rarely happen, it’s always good to know the company’s coverage before any work begins on your home.
- After-work cleanup – A professional roofing company will always clean up and haul away any debris or junk after the job is done.
When it’s time to replace the roof of your house, the first question you may ask yourself is “how much will this replacement cost?” Well, the answer is, it varies.
The cost of installing a new roof depends on multiple factors, some of these are the type of roofing materials the company is using, the roofer’s quality of workmanship, their warranties available, how steep the roof is and the number of layers to remove. Furthermore, other components include, the decking and underlayment that will be replaced.
This is why its always important to read every detail of your contractor’s estimate and make sure everything you need is included.
Roof Replacement Costs in Indiana
The first thing to note when researching for prices and budgeting for a new roof is to become familiar with the current market. Have an understanding of the average range prices can vary on materials such as asphalt, metal or flat.
For example, metal roof costs are higher due to the sturdier materials and longer lifespan. They also have high energy saving benefits that help in the long term. So the price is justified as the materials are more durable and there are savings down the road.
Another thing to keep in mind is what the inspector is not able to see during their inspection. There may be some replacing of broken or rotten plywood. It is always advised that any damaged plywood found be replaced in order for the roof to function properly.
The difficult part is to determine further damage under the shingles layer. This is not known until they are removed. A good roofing company will state this in their estimate upfront and inform their customers of these and other potential fees in order to avoid any issues down the road.
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An informed customer is a happy customer after all.