While multiple roof estimates don’t help your insurance claim, every homeowner has heard the advice to get three estimates from different roofers before finally deciding to pick one. If you insist on getting multiple roof estimates, the question you need to ask is how do you I choose which is the best for me?
Cost is always a major consideration if you’re paying out of pocket. But if it’s for an insurance claim, that wouldn’t matter because all the homeowner needs to pay is his deductible. Unless you want other items done which are not covered by the claim. For the sake of this article, let’s assume you’re paying out of pocket.
As mentioned earlier, cost is one of the major considerations but not the sole important one. Workmanship and material quality is as important as cost or probably more important because you know it will cost you more if you go with the cheapest roof replacement quote and end up getting shoddy workmanship leading to disastrous results.
To help you make the right decision, you need to have a checklist of what you’re looking for and see which contractors have them on their estimates and which ones have the best to offer. The must-haves on the list are cost, warranty, material, labor, financing and clean-up.
Warranty. A good contractor will always be confident that they will do a good job and take care of you. Look for a warranty that will cover both materials and workmanship. Most shingles come with manufacturer’s warranty and a reputable roof contractor will back it up with their own workmanship warranty.
Materials. Look for the kind of roofing materials that will be used on your roof and do your own research on them. Materials include both roofing materials like asphalt shingles, tile or metal. As well as supplementary ones.
Labor. This is another major item that you should look for in an estimate. Remember to consider that quality work is expensive so don’t be surprised to see this item getting a large share of the roof estimate especially if you’re dealing with an established roofing company. Just do your homework of looking at the company’s reviews on Angie’s List, the BBB or any reputable business organization that makes these kinds of listings.
Financing. Good roofing companies offer their own in-house or third-party financing that you can avail. Carefully look at interest rates and payments schemes and do your math before deciding if you want to go with them.
Clean-Up. Last but not the least, is the post work clean-up. Make sure you see this in the estimate to avoid the hassle of having to clean all debris and even small stuff in your property.
Should you need a a roof estimate, Masterpiece Roofing & Painting gives free estimates. Just give us a call and we’ll be right at your home as soon as as possible.