West Bloomfield Roofing: Article About Details Of A Roofing Estimate

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When it comes time to replace a roof, homeowners want to know how much the project will cost, so they should request a professional estimate. Many West Bloomfield roofing companies will perform roofing estimates at no charge and without obligation. Homeowners should make it a point to schedule estimates at a time when they can be present because the roofing professional will likely have questions and suggestions, and it also gives the consumer an opportunity to ask questions of the contractor.

One of the most important aspects of an estimate is the quote, which gives the customer an idea of how much the job will cost. Quotes are usually not final, and the final cost may be 10 percent greater or more. Homeowners should note that quotes are often negotiable, but it's very important to avoid quotes that are too low or to attempt to talk a contractor down to an unreasonable level. Most contractors will update a client when time and costs are proceeding differently than expected.

The details of an estimate should be as precise as possible.

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Estimates should indicate the specific roofing material and underlayment that will be used, and if the customer has made a request for a particular color or brand, this information should be present as well. The scope of the work should be defined, including any special needs, such as adding vents or installing a protective membrane for ice dams. Homeowners should note that any detail that's not explicitly defined in the estimate could be dictated by the contractor.

An estimate should indicate a quote for materials and tear off. Many roofing contractors can get materials, such as shingles and roofing nails, at a better price than a homeowner can. With the price in writing, a homeowner can verify material cost and can choose to purchase the materials on their own if desired. Likewise, a homeowner may handle dumpster rental in order to lower costs or to ensure that the shingles go to a recycling plant rather than a landfill.

Roofing estimates should also provide an estimated commencement date and an estimated time of completion. Customers should keep in mind that bad weather can delay roofing schedules, but such delays aside, a reputable contractor will be able to begin tear off on or near the agreed upon date. Estimates should also define any guarantees that the contractor has extended. If an extended warranty from a manufacturer requires certification, then that certification should be included as well.

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