Looking To Have A New Roof Installed? What Items Should Be Listed On The Estimate

24 November 2017
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When you go about looking to have a new commercial or residential roof installed, it is important to obtain estimates from various companies. This allows you to find a contractor or roofing company that charges a fair price for their services. But when you obtain estimates, it is important to look for estimates that are as detailed as possible. This helps to minimize the chances of a miscommunication or of you being charged extra for something that you thought was included. Here are a few of the items that should always be listed on the estimate. 

What Services Are Being Performed

One of the factors that should always be clearly laid on an estimate is what residential or commercial roofing services are being performed. The estimate should then break down the cost of each service. For example, before a roof can be installed, the old one needs to be removed. Your decking or sheathing may also need to be replaced. And perhaps you want new gutters installed after the roof is installed. The estimate should detail the cost of each of these services. 

What Materials Are Being Used

Another element that should always be listed on the estimate is what materials are going to be used for your project. The cost to both buy and install slate tiles is significantly higher than the cost to install asphalt shingles. As such, the estimate should state that the cost includes the purchase and installation of slate tiles, asphalt shingles, or whatever other materials are being used on your roof. 

How Many Hours the Estimate Covers

The last factor that should always be listed on the estimate is how many hours of labor each service that is being performed is estimated to take. Most roofing contractors charge by the hour, not by the project. If they estimate that it will take two hours to remove your roof, but it really takes four, they will charge you the difference between the two. You want to see how many hours are estimated so there is no miscommunication as to whether you are being over billed if a project takes longer than expected.

Commercial and residential roofing estimates are just that: an estimate. Unless it is otherwise stated, most are non-binding, meaning the contractor can increase the cost of the job if it takes longer than they expected, they find additional problems, or you ask for services that were not included in the original estimate. Having a detailed estimate helps to ensure that you know exactly what is covered by the estimate.