The average shingle roof is guaranteed to last between 15 and 25 years. That means that you’ll maybe go through the process of reroofing only a few times in your life as a homeowner. That also means that you’ll probably have a number of questions. One of the most important things you’ll do as you go through this process is get a roofing estimate. But exactly what information do you need to get from potential roofing contractors before you make your decision?
Make sure you’re getting the following information, at minimum, from any roofing contractor who gives you an estimate.
- A complete overview of the project. Any potential contractor should outline what the entire roofing job will include, as well as who will handle each part of the job. This includes the projected starting and ending dates and terms of payment.
- Specifics on the materials that will be used. A roofing estimate should tell exactly what type of shingles (or other roofing materials), flashing, underlayment, and ventilation will be installed. They should also tell you if the materials they’re using come with a warranty and, if so, how long they are covered.
- Cost. A contractor should tell you upfront what the costs of the labor and materials will be, as well as the cost of pulling any permits that are required by your local government. They should also factor in any associated costs for cleaning up your property and hauling off your old roof.
- Proof of licenses and insurance. Find out what types of contractors’ licenses are required by your state or local government. Any reputable roofing contractor should be happy to provide proof of a current, valid license, as well as proof of liability and workers’ compensation insurance.
Of course, a contractor may provide you with additional information along with these basics. Some may choose to wait and include other details in their roofing contract. But regardless of what information is included in the roofing estimate you receive, a legitimate contractor should be willing and able to answer any questions you have at any point in the process.
Champion Services always offers free roofing estimates for potential customers in the Rock Hill, SC area. Call us for reliable, quality service in York County and Lancaster County.