After seeking recommendations from family members, friends and colleagues, finding some roofing contractors in your area and narrowing them down to only a few prospects, you’ve reached the point in which you have to compare estimates. Problem is, you might not know how to differentiate between a good and bad estimate. Getting a good price for your new roof is ideal, but choosing the lowest bid can lead to substandard workmanship and subpar products.
Here’s what to look for when assessing and comparing estimates from prospective roofers.
When it comes to warranties, it is a must that you have both coming from the manufacturer of the roofing materials and the contractor who’ll be responsible for the installation. A reputable roofer will usually offer a warranty that’s similar in length to the roofing materials’ warranty, which is usually around 25 years. If those on your shortlist do provide warranties, choose the one that’s closest to your location. This way, you can get in touch with them in case you need to have your new roof repaired.
Make sure the roof repair and replacement contractors on your shortlist are insured. Specifically, they should carry workers’ compensation and general liability insurance. The former covers expenses for the treatment of injuries should one of their crew members get into an accident while doing work on your roof. The latter, meanwhile, covers expenses stemming from property damage that may occur under the same circumstances.
List of Materials and Labor Costs
You and your contractor should have a copy of the written estimate. Never settle for a verbal estimate. Always make sure that the estimate lists down all the materials needed for the installation and cost of each. This is for you to have an idea of where your money is going. Also, the cost of labor should be a part of the written estimate.
If your contractor does not bring up permits or says that you should be the one to get the permit, then run. This is a major red flag since the pros will be handling all the responsibilities for you. If there is something wrong on your roof after the project or it is not up to code, you will be the one who is responsible for fees and fines instead of them.
If your contractors say that they will be hiring a subcontractor, that is not a good sign. Subcontractors are people who you can’t control and may raise the prices. Always make sure that your contractors will stick to their own workers who are insured and licensed.
Pressure Point Roofing Eugene, LLC offers high-quality roof maintenance, repair and replacement services. Call us now at (541) 688-7663, or fill out our contact form for a complimentary estimate. We’re ready to serve Oregon homeowners, including those living in and around Eugene.