Before you sign a contract for your roofing project, a contractor will typically give you an estimate, which details a ballpark figure of the job, materials and associated costs in one easy-to-follow sheet. Unlike contracts, however, which are more or less standardized by the industry, not all estimates follow best practices. Some contractors don’t even furnish an estimate and go straight to a contract.
If you find your contractor doing this, take a step back, and demand an estimate. And, if you do ask for one, make sure your contract contains these essential items:
License and Insurance
These are two of the most important considerations in any estimate. True, license and insurance aren’t exactly part of the bill of materials, which most people think an estimate covers. However, a properly licensed and insured contractor will always show these two items during any communication to any prospective customer. It means the roofers are confident that they can do the job that you ask them to, and you have a way to get back at them if the job didn’t satisfy you or if they fail to live up to their end of the bargain.
If your contractor doesn’t have any of these, find someone else.
Bill of Materials
This forms the bulk of an estimate. Don’t be fooled; a bill of materials also consists of the labor costs, including the estimated duration of the project.
An estimate should list the details and a breakdown of all costs involved in the roofing project, from the cost of a single nail down to the labor and taxes. The materials the contractor will use depends on the style, variation and purpose of your roofing project, so make sure the materials reflect what you’ve discussed with them. If they aren’t, you can ask for a revised estimate that accommodates the prior discussion.
Finally, the contractors will detail how you can pay for the project. Are you going to pay upfront? Do they require down payment? Financing options will also be detailed here if the roofer offers them. In case of installments, look at how the payments are broken down, and make sure they’re not over a cent of what you’ve agreed to pay.
Apex Roofing & Restoration is at the top of the area’s roofing industry. Call us today at (919) 569-5000. You can also ask for assistance by filling out our contact form.