Comparing Roofing Quotes

Compare Roofing Quotes: Things to Keep in Mind

It’s easy to compare roofing quotes on the sole basis of cost — after all, you’re just comparing numerical values. But the numbers may not always tell the whole story.

Here are some things to keep in mind as you compare your roofing estimates:

  • Make a fair, apples-to-apples comparison between multiple roofing estimates. A more expensive quote might include work that is a bit more comprehensive or that involves a complete roof replacement, while another cheaper quote might be based on a roof repair.
  • Your roofing quote may include transportation costs, depending on how far the roofing contractor is from you. If they’re a local business, this may not be a factor.
  • If you have a steep roof, there may be extra costs due to the roofing work being more complex and proposing higher safety risks for the roofers.
  • The roofing material you choose is going to impact the overall cost, as well. Different types of roofing shingles and components or accessories, such as underlayment, vents, etc., vary in price due to differences in material make-up, performance, and aesthetic attributes.
  • If you decide to make improvements to your existing roof along with the repairs, this can also affect the cost. Whether it’s increased ventilation through additional roof vents, or an attic fan or skylight to improve energy efficiency, these upgrades should also be factored into your estimate.

Look out for roofing quotes that seem too good to be true because they probably are — it might mean the contractor is looking to cut corners on safety, licensing, or materials.

What should be included in a Roofing Quote?

Roofing quotes can vary widely from one roofer to another — some may email a one-page quote, while others may use computer-templated software to create detailed reports that include the estimate.

At a minimum, here is what a basic roofing quote should outline for you:

  • Materials List
  • Cleanup/Removal
  • Permits
  • Licensing and Insurance
  • Additional project details:
    • Who is responsible for what and when
    • Estimated dates for the start and completion of the job
    • The overall cost of the job
    • Payment terms

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Blog Source: Owens Corning