Understanding Roofing Contractors & Estimates

By fiderioandsons Aug 19, 2013

So you’ve spotted some problems on your roof and have decided to get a repair or replacement. But how to do you know which offer is actually giving you the most bang for your buck. Talking to a couple different contractors can be easy, since it’s best to get those from family and friend referrals, but comparing their estimates can be a difficult task. Don’t take the cheapest price and don’t get lost in the confusing lingo! Instead, here are some great tips on how to make sure you’re fully informed on each roofing estimate.

The entire cost will be a combination of the roofing material, labor involved and roof removal. The roofing material will be the biggest bulk of the cost. To stop the original estimate from unexpectedly increasing in the middle of the job, get a list of materials that the contractor will need to complete the project. This includes type and color of the materials used, the membrane, coatings, flashing and vents. This way a contractor cannot just give you the price of the basic materials and surprise you with the accessories later.

The labor costs of an estimate will depend on the pitch of the roof and the material used. Generally, the heavier the roofing material the more difficult the installation is, so the labor price goes up. Some estimates will simplify the labor cost by using smaller numbers in an attempt to make the price seem cheaper. For instance, if the labor cost is $70 per 100 square feet, it’s important you do the math and figure out how much your 900 foot square roof will cost and confirm this amount with the contractor and have it written into the estimate.

Most cities have a limit on the number of layers of roof that your home can have, and it is usually two. So, if you’re replacing your roof and already have two layers you’ll need to calculate in the cost of removing this layer as well. Make sure the estimate lays out how long the removal will take and separate the timelines of removal and installation.

Quicker isn’t always best. An estimate that lists a timeline shorter than a couple days may imply a rushed and sloppy installation process. It’s important to get a timeline including what happens on holidays and in extreme weather circumstances. If these are not included in an estimate, a contractor might try and charge you for those days, even if no labor actually occurred.

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Construction projects are always messy, with piles of old materials and ever-present tools. Have the estimate outline the condition your property is in at the start of the project and what steps will be taken to protect your home. For example, will the estimate list labor costs for setting up and cleaning or not? A good and detailed estimate will list these things.

If the warranty is not listed in the estimate or contract, there’s no proof that you even got it. Make sure the estimate lists the types and lengths of warranties the materials and workmanship come with. Also, make sure you understand exactly what the warranty is offering, because many companies back entire roofing systems as a whole, but not minor repairs.

Fiderio & Sons would be happy to assist you in any of your roofing repairs or replacements, or with any other home improvement needs that you may need! Visit our showroom in Meriden and don’t forget to click below to receiveour FREE Roof Maintenance Checklist!

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