3 Things To Ask A Roofing Company Before You Start A New Project

Posted on: 29 September 2022

Are you ready to replace your roof? Before you agree to an estimate or sign a contract, take a look at the top questions to ask your roofing company about the project, your role/responsibilities, and more. 

What Do You Include In the Estimate?

The estimate should have a comprehensive list that includes the materials and the labor-related costs. Look for details or a line-by-line breakdown of each service the roofer will provide. If you don't understand the descriptions or the quote seems like it's missing pieces, ask the contractor to explain the estimate. 

Make sure that the total is the amount they will expect you to pay. A general or basic quote for a "roofing" service isn't specific enough to guarantee the supposed or stated price. This type of quote may come with add-ons or extras at the end of the job. Avoid a costly surprise and confirm the expected total before you agree to anything. 

Your estimate should also include the time-frame for the project, how much money you need to pay the contractor upfront (and at the end of the project), and any applicable warranty information. 

What Will the Project Include?

The roofer should outline the answer to this question in the estimate. The scope of the roofing project depends on your home, the materials you choose, and the existing roof. If your home's roof is in decent shape and the underlying material is solid, your project may only include a new layer of shingles. But if everything under the shingles, tiles, or other materials has holes, cracks, or is rotten, your home will need a much more extensive renovation. 

Along with the service the roofer will provide, the project estimate and description of the work should also include the type of materials and additional components. Common roofing materials for residential projects include asphalt shingles, slate, cedar shakes, concrete tiles, clay tiles, and metal. Your roof may also need metal flashing around the chimney or on the seams. 

How Should You Prepare For the Project?

This question should include the roles or responsibilities the roofing services provider expects from you before, during, and after the project. The roofer may need you to move vehicles from the driveway or front of the house area, remove patio or outdoor furniture, trim trees that border the roof, clear or cover items in the attic, and remove a satellite dish. If you have children or pets, make sure they stay indoors and away from the contractor's work area. 

Reach out to a company like Ketchum Roofing & Windows for more information.