What to Look for in a Roofing Estimate

Whether you’re installing a roof for the first time or repairing or replacing the roof you already have, the first step to getting the roof of your dreams is to get a roofing estimate. You’ll want to consider several details as you plan your ideal roof from the type of roofing materials you want to use to your ideal roofing-style. No matter the style you select, metal roofs are a great long-term investment. Not only are they more attractive and resistant to climate conditions, but also, they offer advantages like minimal maintenance and energy efficiency.  Admittedly, metal roofing is more expensive than asphalt roofing, but its longevity and durability make it a smart investment.

According to HomeAdvisor.com, the average metal roof installation will run you between $5,000 and $12,000. As one of the biggest investments you can make in your home, you need to know exactly what you’re getting to ensure you do get what you paid for. Whether it’s a handwritten bid or an official-looking document, your bid should include all the elements you need to make the best decision for your house and your budget. Proposals can vary significantly from contractor to contractor, so you’ll want to get multiple, detailed proposals to choose what’s right for you.  

There are the details that should be included in your roofer’s estimate:

  • Cost of labor and materials
  • Breakdown of the singles, ventilation, underlayment, and flashing that will be used (as well as the product and workmanship warranties for each)
  • Cost of the removal and cleanup of any construction debris
  • Cost for the local permits needed to complete the project
  • Summary of project details, including start date, projected completion date, who is responsible for what, and payment schedule
  • Proof of state required roofing or contractor’s license as well as proof of workman’s comp and liability insurance

Comparing the above details is the best way to determine which contractor to hire. Remember, asking for a breakdown of costs is not unreasonable. It’s an important part of establishing good communication before the project begins. The roofing estimate is a crucial part of the contractor winning your business and you getting the roof of your dreams.