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What You Need to Look For in a Roofing Estimate

Posted by Joey Haack on Mar 17, 2020 9:00:00 AM | Updated on 07/16/20 1:14 PM


Repairing or replacing a roof is a big task, and if you’re hiring a roofing company to do it, the expenses can quickly add up. When finding a roofer, it’s important to conduct research beforehand to ensure you get the most accurate quote for your service. If you can, get at least thee quotes before deciding on a roofing contractor. When getting a roof estimate, be sure to ask the following questions.


6 Questions to Ask When Getting a Roofing Estimate


1. Is the quote for shingles or the entire roof?

Some roofing companies will offer up a seemingly low quote only to make your jaw drop when they present your bill. Make sure the quote you receive reflects not only the cost of new shingles but what the grand total will be at the end of the project for the entire roof.



2. Is the quote itemized & detailed?

No one wants to get hit with a bunch of mystery charges. Make sure your quote is itemized and lays out the cost of materials, labor, and any other expenses or fees that apply. A detailed quote will give you the confidence to move forward with your project.



3. Does the quote include the cost of removing & disposing of the old roof?

A major aspect of roof replacement is the removal of the old roof. Check to see if you need the roofing company to remove your roof and if the labor and dump fees are included in your quote.  



4. Does the quote include the cost of permits?

Replacing your roof may require a municipal permit. When you’re receiving a quote, find out whether the cost of any necessary permits is included or if you’ll need to pay additional fees.



5. Does it include a start & end date?

Your project’s timeframe is also an important factor when choosing a roofing contractor. If one company can complete your project in a few days and another requires a few weeks, this will likely impact your decision.



6. What are the payment terms?

Payment terms are different for each company, so you’ll want to find out what is expected of you when you move forward with your project. Some companies ask for half down, others require payment in full, and some offer monthly financing. Getting this information with your quote can help you make a choice that works with your budget.


Knowing the answers to these questions and more will allow you to make a more informed decision when choosing a roofing contractor. At Pacific, we provide free estimates so that we can start on your project as soon as possible.

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