The cost for a full roof replacement depends on many factors. These factors include the size and pitch of your roof, the cost of materials, the contractor’s overhead and more. That’s why you should learn about what’s involved in a roof estimate. You need to understand how your prospective contractor breaks down the costs of your project so you’ll better manage your roof replacement. In addition, this knowledge will also help you weed out shady roofing companies that provide an alleged estimate that falls short of what the real costs should be.
What Information Should Your Roofing Estimate Include?
Roofing estimates can differ considerably from one roofing contractor to another so it’s helpful if you can talk to your prospective contractor and ask for specific information. Knowing the specifics of a roof replacement project will give you important knowledge that will help you figure out if hiring this particular contractor is worth it. When evaluating a roofing estimate, focus on the content of the document provided to you rather than the form. A roof estimate jotted down on a piece of paper can still be good as long as it has valuable information.
Job Responsibilities and Payment Information
The roof estimate should spell out who is responsible for which part of the project. It should also outline the payment terms and state the start and completion dates. If specific parts of the roofing project will be outsourced to other companies, then the roofing estimate should identify these companies and their responsibilities. As the top choice for roof replacement and roof repair in Burke, VA, we strongly suggest that the payment terms be as detailed as possible.
The payment terms should be explained in-depth so it must have information about down payments, progress payments and the end payment. Your roofing estimate should also include a provision for you to withhold the final payment until you are completely satisfied with the results of your project.
Costs of Labor and Materials
Naturally, the roofing estimate should include the cost of labor and materials. This includes the cost for the pulling of permits for your project. If the roofing repair or replacement will result in a mess, then the estimate should explain if the roofing company is responsible for disposal and cleanup. If they are, then the costs for cleanup should be noted as well.
Information on the Products and Materials Used
A good roofing company should be willing to explain the materials and products that will be used in the project in detail. There should be specific information about the type of shingles, underlayment, flashing and ventilation that will be used in the project. Even the brand of the products that will be used should be specified in your roofing estimate.
Licenses and Insurance
The roofing estimate should also include proof of the roofing company’s license, workers’ compensation and liability insurance. There should also be a lien release that provides you with protection against liability in the event that the roofing contractor does not pay the subcontractors or the people that provide the roofing materials for your project.
The warranty that your roofing contractor will provide must be presented down to the finest details in your roofing estimate. The estimate should discuss the coverage of your warranty and its exemptions. It must also specify whether the warranty is transferable to a new owner of the property if you decide to sell your home. A transferable warranty is a good selling point.
The roofing estimate should also include provisions for order changes and add-ons because these have the potential to spur additional charges. Your roofing estimate should also have a well-defined termination clause. This clause will explain the exact reasons why you or your contractor can terminate the agreement without any sort of penalty if the terms of your roofing contract is violated.
What to Do If You Receive an Unbelievably Low Roof Estimate
Most roofing contractors are dependable, honest and trustworthy, but it’s an unavoidable fact of life that there are some people who try to take advantage of others. These shady roofers want nothing more than to take a homeowner’s money and then disappear. The most common red flag for these kinds of roofers is that they offer an unbelievably low bid for completing your project. Don’t be fooled. This initial low price will likely go up before they are done.
This scam works by taking advantage of unsuspecting homeowners who want a good deal. The homeowner takes the low bid, and the roofer begins the job. Suddenly, unexpected costs start cropping up again and again. The roofing contractor says that the labor will cost more than expected, that the roofing materials have become more expensive and that they’ve found problems with your roof. Usually at this point, the roofing project is halfway finished.
The poor homeowner has no choice but to pay the extra costs if they don’t want the roofer to leave them with an unfinished roof. By the end of this scam, the homeowner will end up paying much more than the initial low bid. Most likely, they’ll end up paying much more than if they hired an honest contractor.
How to Avoid Roofing Scams
It’s not unheard of for legitimate roofers to offer deals and lower prices, but these prices will not be unbelievably lower than their competitors. A legitimate roofer offers fair prices. If you see that one estimate is much lower than the others, then you need to ask yourself why that’s the case. You can avoid this scam by asking your prospective contractors a lot of questions.
Ask how they will address unforeseen problems and if it will affect the project costs. Make sure that your roofing contract includes the cost for replacing damaged decking and the cost of labor and materials that will be used in your project. Research the company’s reputation, and ask for local references whenever possible. See if it’s possible to visit previous customers, and ask these customers about their experiences with the company.
Check the qualifications of your prospective contractor. Are they licensed and insured? Are they accredited with the Better Business Bureau? Don’t fall for high-pressure sales tactics, and don’t hire roofing companies that resort to such tactics. Don’t give a large deposit on the work upfront. As much as possible, choose a local company with an established reputation and many years of experience. Ideally, your chosen roofing company should also have manufacturer’s certifications.
You can rely on Orion Home Improvements for all of your roof replacement needs. We have been in business for decades, and our company is known for our open and honest communication and strong code of values. We always provide our customers with fair and accurate estimates for their roofing project. If you need more details on the project costs, then we will be happy to answer all of your questions.