A roof replacement is a big investment. To ensure you’re getting good value for your money, you need to go over your roofing estimate with a fine tooth comb and ask your contractor about anything that’s unclear.
Many homeowners admit that they don’t 100% understand everything they see on an estimate, let alone how the roofers determine their prices. Today, ABM Services & Renovations shares a basic primer on what goes into a roofing estimate.
Estimates vs. Quotes
Cost estimates are a good approximation of how much a roof repair or replacement project will set you back. These numbers are still subject to change depending on the circumstances. For example, if there are delays on the delivery of materials or due to weather, or if there are unforeseen problems encountered during job, these can all have an effect on an estimate. A quote, on the other hand, is more or less a final bid for the project. The quote becomes a binding contract when it is signed by both parties.
How Roofers Estimate a Job
You can divide the total costs in two main categories: materials and labor.
- Materials pertain to the actual roofing products the project will require. This includes all the shingles, underlayment, flashing strips, and even nails and screws that will ultimately go into building you a new roof. The cost of materials depends on their quality as well as the scale of the project, which is why contractors will take meticulous measurements during your initial meeting.
- Labor costs are usually determined by how long your roof replacement will take and how many people are needed to finish the work.
At ABM Services & Renovations, we always provide accurate estimates and will be happy to answer any questions you might have about your roofing project. Call us today at (770) 288-2368 or fill out our contact form for your free estimate today. We serve homeowners in McDonough, Atlanta and nearby areas in GA.