I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “Get it in writing,” and when it comes to your roofing project you need to get everything in a detailed written estimate. Your written estimate is the tool that you will use to make an informed decision regarding the work that you will have done, the total cost for the project, as well as the expense of any materials and labor that will be involved. Additionally, you will use your detailed written estimates to compare between roofing contractors and choose the contractor best suited for your roofing project needs. If you receive the written estimate but find that the roofer failed to include information such as what type of materials will be used, or that they haven’t detailed each category to explain how the labor will proceed, you may need to ask them for a clearly defined estimate.
• If the estimate simply has figures or cost estimates without an explanation of how they reached that number, it will be very difficult for you to compare estimates between roofers. You should also make certain that the roofer is making a bid for enough materials to complete the roofing project as well.
• You may also find that once you have all of the information written down in your estimate, the company you select may not be the one with the lowest bid. When you can review the process that the roofing contractor will use to complete your project, you will be able to ask any pertinent questions regarding their choice of materials, how much material they will need, etc. and you may find that you prefer a roofer that uses higher quality products over one that offers a lower bid. However, without the detailed written estimate, you will be unable to compare roofers and make a qualified decision.