Leaky roofs can be a costly headache, and if you need to repair or get an entirely new roof, the first step is obtaining a roofing estimate. A roofing estimate determines what type of work is needed on your roof as well as how much it will cost.
Knowing what to expect during a roofing estimate and how it is calculated can help you to make the most educated decision when selecting a roofing contractor.
Why Do You Need a Roofing Estimate?
The roofing estimate is a detailed bid for the repair or replacement of your roof. It includes information such as what type and thickness of shingles, number of necessary vents, skylights, plumbing for gutters, flashing around chimneys or fireplaces, insulation specification to help with energy efficiency needs, and other features you want in your new roof.
Roofing Estimate Checklist
Want to make sure you are getting the best contractor for your roofing needs? Look for these things on their estimate: the cost of materials, the cost of labor, and the cost of permits.
Cost of Materials
When determining a roofing estimate, the contractor will consider the cost of materials needed to complete the job. Variables such as the square footage of the roof and the type of roofing material will be used to arrive at a cost.
You can do your own research ahead of an estimate by going to a roofing supply store or browsing online and viewing material costs. This will help you know how much the cost of materials will be, which in turn helps when talking with contractors about prices!
Cost of Labor
Another cost consideration is labor. The cost of labor for a roofing estimate depends on many factors including the pay rates and time spent on a job. Additional variables to consider include how much skilled labor is needed and unions that may be involved in your project. If you already know your roof requires skilled workers, you can safely assume the labor cost will be higher.
Cost of Permits
In addition to materials and labor, the cost of permits may also be in your estimate for a roof replacement or repair. This cost varies depending on your local laws. You are liable for fines from an inspector with penalties and fees in the thousands if you do not have the permits needed to complete a job. So, do not try to overlook this step!
Other Costs To Roofing Estimates
Other less apparent factors may influence the price of a roofing estimate such as location, seasonality, and roof type. It is worth considering these factors when reviewing a roofing estimate to make sure you are getting an accurate quote.
Did you know the location of your home impacts how much a roofing company charges for an estimate? The availability, quality, and price of materials in that area influences their calculations as well.
If you are getting a roofing estimate during winter or springtime, expect it to be more expensive than if you get one late summer when prices are lower. Roofers’ rates change throughout the year because material costs vary depending on seasonality.
Roofs come in all different shapes and sizes. How steep a roof is will increase project difficulty and in turn raise the cost, but there are other types of roofs that require different levels of expertise to repair or replace.
For example, flat roofs are typically much cheaper than shingles or cedar shakes because they do not require any expensive materials or repairs. Cedar shakes take considerably longer and require an expert’s touch when it comes time to repair or replace them. Knowing what kind of roof you have is important when preparing for a roofing estimate.
Get a Second (or Third) Opinion
Do not commit to a roofing estimate without comparing quotes. Get multiple bids from different companies and compare them before choosing the one you want to go with. When it comes to roofing, you want the best of both worlds. You want a good price, sure. But you need high-quality workmanship that will last for years and keep your home protected from weather damage.
Request a FREE Roofing Estimate from Aabco Roofing
If you need a roofing estimate, Aabco Roofing can help.
We have the expertise and experience you are looking for. Our trained roofing professionals will come to your property, take measurements, and provide an accurate quote; before you commit to anything. The best part? It’s absolutely free.
Give us a call at 1-954-426-8500 today or fill out our online roofing consultation form and a representative will be in touch with you as soon as possible.