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One of the most important things you should do when your roof experiences storm damage is to call your local roofing company for repairs and replacements. Roofing work is a major investment, which is why you have to make sure you get what your money’s worth.  

To do this, you need to learn how to evaluate a roofing estimate properly. Read on as the professionals at StormROOF Systems, LLC provide an overview of what you should expect in your roofing estimate. 

Knowing the Difference Between Estimates and Quotes

Many homeowners assume that estimates and quotes mean the same thing, but they contain different information. A roofing estimate is roughly how much your roofing contractor believes the roof repair or replacement will cost. The actual cost of the roofing work may be more or less within 10 to 15 percent. Meanwhile, a roofing quote becomes a contract once signed. This document should be extremely detailed and include all aspects of the project. 

Evaluating Your Roofing Estimate

A roofing estimate will vary among roofing contractors. Some may provide you with a handwritten one or an official-looking document. Nevertheless, every roofing estimate should contain the following:

  • Basic company information. Your roofing contractor should include their contact information, such as phone numbers and email addresses. They may add their payment terms as well. Proof of licenses and insurance should also be disclosed. If they are unable to provide the necessary certifications, take this as a red flag as they may not be reputable. 

  • Timeline of the project. Make sure your roofing estimate clearly states the estimated start of construction as well as the completion date. 

  • Itemized costs. At a minimum, your estimate should contain the cost of labor, permits, materials and clean-up and removal of construction debris. This part should be detailed to prevent surprises and misunderstandings in the future. 

  • Guarantees and warranties. Your contractor typically uses materials with a manufacturer warranty. They may also provide an additional workmanship warranty as a way to guarantee their work. As such, be sure to look for these in your estimate as well. 

  • Components of your roofing system. Your roof has many different components. While your contractor may opt not to include all, they should still cover the major components, such as underlayment, ventilation, shingles and flashing in your estimate. They may also include waterproofing and ridge capping. 

Are you looking for a professional roofing company? Turn to StormROOF Systems, LLC. We are determined to provide quality services, including repairs and replacement. To schedule a roof inspection, call us today at (470) 300-1768 or fill out our contact form to set an appointment.