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Best Way to Get a New Roof Estimate

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Got a leaky roof, a roof that’s older than you are, or considering a whole-home renovation, including a newer, more up-to-date roof? Then it’s time to start looking for roof contractors and figuring out timelines, designs, schedules, styles, and… costs of course. But getting a new roof estimate can be kind of stressful, especially if you’ve never done it before or don’t know what to ask.

You could just hire Spruce Up Northwest–we won’t object. But maybe you may want a more objective view of the process. That’s fine: we can help out there, too. Seriously, it’s a good idea to get a few estimates so you can weigh the pros and cons of each roofing contractor.

It isn’t as easy as comparing prices or features on a new refrigerator or water heater. This is a pretty big investment you’re making as part of an even bigger investment: your home. You want to make sure it gets done on time, it gets done right, and it gets done at a fair price. So you’ll have to do a little bit of legwork for a new roof estimate.

You may be wondering about the average cost of a roof installation, roof repairs, or to replace your roof. Materials used (metal roofing or slate tiles compared to asphalt shingles), how many square feet, water damage that needs to be addressed, and the complexity of the job are all factors that affect the estimate. 

How to Get a New Roof Estimate

With the right knowledge and preparation, you can navigate the new roof estimate process with confidence, ensuring that you receive accurate assessments and pricing for your roofing project:

  • Research Local Roofing Contractors
  • Contact a Select Few
  • Schedule an Inspection
  • Get a Detailed Estimate
  • Compare Estimates

Research Local Roofing Companies

Start by researching local roofing companies in your area. You can use online directories, ask for recommendations from friends or family, or check reviews on websites like Angi’s or Google. You’re on a fact-finding mission and there’s no such thing as too much information. Make sure to give their website a look, too, to see what services they offer.

Contact Multiple Contractors

Reach out to several roofing companies to request estimates for your new roof. You can usually do this by phone, email, or through the company’s website. This is also a good way to weed out the competitors: do they respond quickly and professionally, or do you ever hear back from them at all? 

Schedule a Roof Inspection

Schedule a time for a roofing professional to visit your home and assess the condition of your current roof. During the inspection, they will evaluate factors such as the size of your roof, the type of materials needed, and any necessary repairs or additional work.

If you have any questions or concerns about the estimates you receive, don’t hesitate to ask questions for clarification. A reputable company will be happy to address your concerns and provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision. Again, there’s no such thing as too much information.

Get a Detailed Estimate

After the inspection, a roofing company should provide you with a detailed estimate for the cost of a new roof. This estimate should include material costs, labor, permits, and any additional services or warranties offered by the company. If you’re not sure what underlayment or sheathing is, ask. This is a great time to learn more about your roofing system.

Compare Estimates

Once you’ve received estimates from multiple roofing companies, take the time to compare them carefully. Look not only at the total cost but also at the breakdown of expenses and any differences in the services or warranties offered. Did they mention when they could start, how long it would take, and other pertinent information?

Typically, cost ranges can vary in an estimate depending on the materials they use and adjacent work they’ll do, such as replacing the gutters, roof vents, and so on. Make sure to ask about what work is necessary and what can be done down the road. 

Factors Beyond a New Roof Estimate Cost

We understand cost plays a big part in getting a new roof, but it shouldn’t be the only factor. Other factors include the reputation and experience of the roofing company, the quality of materials used, and the timeline for completing the project. When researching companies, did they have a lot of reviews, did their website seem professional, and how prompt were they to answer your questions?

While it may be tempting to choose the lowest-priced option, it’s important to weigh all these factors to ensure you’re getting the best value for your money. The reputation and experience of the roofing contractor play a crucial role in the quality and reliability of the workmanship.

Researching the contractor’s track record, reading customer reviews, and checking references can provide insights into their professionalism, reliability, and customer satisfaction. Ask about the warranties and guarantees offered by the roofing contractor and the manufacturer of the roofing materials.

A reputable contractor should provide warranties covering both materials and workmanship, offering added protection and peace of mind for homeowners in the event of issues or defects. They’ll also clean up after themselves at the end of the day and take steps to protect your home and surrounding landscaping while they work.

Confirm that the roofing contractor carries adequate insurance coverage, including liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance. Insurance coverage protects homeowners from liability in the event of accidents, injuries, or property damage that may occur during the roofing project.

Permits, Codes, and Regulations

Will they handle obtaining necessary permits and comply with local building codes and regulations? Permits can be a chore all by itself, especially if you’re unsure of the process. Ensuring that the project adheres to all legal requirements and safety standards is essential for avoiding potential fines, delays, and complications during the installation process.

Discuss the expected timeline for the project and the contractor’s availability to ensure that the work can be completed within a reasonable timeframe. A busy contractor is a good sign of course, but can you wait six months to get a new roof?

Effective communication and transparency are critical throughout the estimation process and the duration of the project. Is the contractor responsive to inquiries, do they provide clear explanations, and keep you informed of any changes or updates to the project timeline or specifications? 

By considering these factors in addition to the roof replacement cost, labor costs, and materials, homeowners can make informed decisions when obtaining a new roof estimate. Select a reputable contractor who can deliver high-quality workmanship, reliable service, and peace of mind throughout the roofing project.

Spruce Up Northwest would be honored if you were to consider us for your next job. We’re licensed, insured, and bonded, have an impressive track record of satisfied customers, and work with a wide range of materials to suit your needs. Reach out to schedule an estimate–we offer competitive prices, unmatched workmanship, and transparent customer service.