Need a Roofing Estimate in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin?
Roofing estimates can vary greatly from roofing contractor to roofing contractor and while it’s always good to save money it’s really important to understand “how” that specific contractor can save you money. When you hire a roofing contractor most homeowners assume they are paying for two things.
1. The Roofers Time
2. The Roofing Materials
And you are… But there is a lot more to a roofing estimate than just time and materials. You are also paying your roofing contractor for their expertise and knowledge of the roofing trade. For example is the roofing company you’re about to hire in Beaver Dam, WI even licensed? Are they insured for this type of work? Both of these are business expenses that a legitimate contractor must pay for.
Does your roofing contractor have a great crew? You probably wouldn’t want to stick around at your job very long if you weren’t paid enough and the quality of work you did wouldn’t be the greatest either. Consider this when you’re looking at roofing estimates too. Does your contractor take care of his employees? Good roofing contractors make sure their crews are paid fairly and on-time.
What Else Will Affect My Roofing Estimate?
Lots! There are many different variables that could affect your roofing estimate and we’ll touch on a few of those here.
Your choice of roofing materials will greatly affect your estimate. Asphalt shingles are obviously the most economical choice for homeowners but even then, they have varying grades of quality, texture and color that can affect the price. If you’re looking at architectural shingles, or designer shingles than price is obviously going to be significantly more expensive. Ask your roofing contractor to provide with an estimate on more than one choice of roofing material. Go for a good, better, best scenario and see where your budget stands.
Old Roof Tear-Off
You’d think this would be a given on a roofing project but there are many roofing contractors who will charge you separately for your roof tear off and disposal, some might not even include in on the estimate. Make sure it’s included on yours and the roofing material will be disposed of properly in accordance with local by-laws. A good roofing contractor will also go over your gutters and surrounding area on the ground with a magnetic roller to collect any roofing nails that may have been dropped. This all takes time and may or may not be explained on your estimate.
Roof Decking Inspection and Repairs
It’s not uncommon during a roof tear-off to find damaged roof decking, usually from water intrusion. Does your roofing estimate include a thorough inspection of the existing roof decking? Does it include any time for minor repairs? Your contractor would have a good idea what to expect based on the age of your home, your roofing material and their visual inspection but it’s always nice to know if your contractor is prepared for surprises.
Does your contractors estimate include a written warranty? Verbal agreements do not suffice for a warranty and you want it to be in writing. Most roofing contractors warranty their workmanship for 1 year. Which is very fair considering our work is up against mother nature. Contractors with a lower bid, likely have not factored a warranty into your project and even if they say they have, they are often priced too low to actually provide any service should something go wrong.
What If I Get Several Very Different Roofing Estimates?
This is important… A homeowner might receive several estimates for their roof. Let’s say hypothetically a homeowner has received 3 bids for their new roof. One contractor came in at $8000, another at $10,000 and another at $12,000. The insurance company however says they will pay $11,496.00 to replace your roof. Who do you choose?
Generally, it’s always a good idea not to hire the cheapest… They are the cheapest for several reasons. If you’ve been given several roofing estimates from Beaver Dam contractors you should choose the one who is the most thorough. With a little bit of research it’s not hard to see how a roofing contractor comes up with their numbers and if you really look into the estimate and ask the right questions you won’t get taken advantage of.
Brad’s Construction is a full service home improvement contractor serving the Beaver Dam, WI area. We specialize in roofing estimates, roof repairs and roof replacements. If you’d like an honest and fair estimate for your new roof replacement than give us a call or fill out one of our online forms today.