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Thursday, May 26, 2016

How to Make Sure You Get a Proper Roofing Estimate

Roofing contractors start out the roofing process by providing estimates to potential customers. That involves coming out to the client’s property, inspecting the roof and recommending repairs. This is an important part of the process as every homeowner and business owner should be aware of what a roofing estimate really entails. The friendly team at Rose Roofing Charlotte shares some tips to ensure you get the proper estimate.


Customers need to be careful of the word estimate as it is not the same as a definitive price. It is also an unfortunate reality that some unscrupulous contractors abuse the entire estimate process. There have been instances where contractors add on additional charges that were never spoken about when giving an estimate.


One example focuses on a contractor who added a charge of $3,000 for bad wood. This is not at all an acceptable add-on to a roofing bill. At Rose Roofing, wood damage costs rarely ever exceed the $100 mark and often costs the client nothing at all.


Surprises are not part of a quality residential roofing contractor’s repertoire. There should be no wide eyes when a customer receives the final bill. Furthermore, a good deal of customers in the roofing business are referral based. Compromising the estimate process is a sure-fire way to ruin the opportunity for any future referrals.


When getting an estimate, it is also a good idea to ask some questions of your own. This is an opportune time to ask which safety measures will be taken, whether or not permitting is required, will there be any subcontractors, and what warranties will be made available.


Another important point to remember is that some roofing estimates focus on the material cost and not the labor. The cost of removing your old roof and laying down a new one falls under labor costs. This area could also include extra pay for holidays or weekends, so make sure your estimate accounts for such things.


Estimates are also not just about money. An estimate should also include a timeline of expected completion. Ask your roofing contractor when certain parts of the job expect to be completed. And when all of those important questions have been answered, make sure you get a written estimate of the materials and labor costs.


At Rose Roofing, our team of Charlotte roofers will walk you through the estimate process and make sure you understand every single detail. There will be no surprises when you go with Rose Roofing as we will show you why our roofing company is among the very best in the Charlotte area.