Excited about your upcoming roof replacement project? You should be prepared for the work that comes even before the first swing of the hammer. One of the phases of this project that you should take very seriously is the estimate phase.
There are many roofers in your area, but you can’t choose the first one you find on the phonebook or online. It takes a little research to find the right roofer. Make a list of the roofers you think would meet your needs, then call them for a short interview.
While you’re deciding whether you’re comfortable with a roofer, ask them for a copy of their license, certifications and portfolio. This is also the part where you ask for quotes. To assess and compare the estimates you get from several roofers on your shortlist, use these ideas:
Get an itemized list of the materials the roofer uses for projects like yours. This is a basic step, whether you’re replacing your roof, remodeling your bathroom, or installing new siding. You want to know if you’re getting your money’s worth. Reputable roofers often carry materials from specific manufacturers and are certified for their installation.
Compare the price of materials from contractor to contractor. Some might charge more for the same materials also used by others.
Ask for an estimate with a detailed breakdown of every aspect of the job and how much each one costs. This is not the same for every contractor. However, just because a contractor charges more for labor doesn’t mean they’re overpriced. Their workers might have more skill and experience.
Check if the estimate includes “incidentals”. These are additional services like cleanup and waste disposal. You don’t want to be surprised when it comes time to pay.
The best materials are covered by a strong warranty. The contractor should honor manufacturer warranties. But you should also ask them if they cover their workmanship with a separate warranty. Workmanship warranties that last as long as the material warranty (or close) are good.
Ask about general liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance, which the contractor should both carry. If someone on their crew gets hurt, they have to cover that person. If they accidentally damage your home while working, you shouldn’t be left holding the bag.
Find out if roofers are supposed to carry a license to operate in your area. In some places, roofers don’t have to be licensed. In this case, refer to their length of experience and the reviews from former customers. You can even ask them for referrals that you can call.
It’s generally best to hire a roofer certified by the manufacturer of the products they use. This means they are highly trained in the installation of said products and they might even be eligible to offer better warranties from the manufacturer.
Use these pieces of advice to compare contractors and to assess their quotes. You should be able to find one that offers the best deal for your project.
Certified Home Improvement can help with your roof replacement project. We are a trusted home improvement company. We also offer other services, including roof repair. Call us today at (734) 522-1601 or fill out this form to start discussing your project with us. We look forward to working with you in Wayne, MI.