If you are a homeowner, you will benefit from gaining a thorough understanding of the differences between roof estimates and roof proposals. Though roof estimates and roof proposals might seem fairly similar on their surface, there are numerous key differences between the two. Let’s take a look at the details of roof estimates and roof proposals to give you an idea as to what they encompass and why the are so important to homeowners as well as roofing contractors.
The Basics of Roof Estimates
A roof estimate explains exactly what types of materials will be used for the roof project. It also outlines the project’s schedule, describes the cleanup process, defines the contractor’s liabilities and the type of warranty the roof will have. Furthermore, a roof estimate explains how the roof will be paid for and if there are any add-on costs. If add-on costs exist, they are explained in detail within the language of the estimate.
Though unscrupulous roofers will use an estimate as an opportunity to sucker customers into an open-ended contract, Elevated Roofing does the exact opposite. We put all the roofing project’s details in writing so you know exactly what you are getting and how much money it will cost. In the end, you should only do business with a roofing contractor who is willing to provide a highly detailed estimate that puts a time frame on the roofing project’s completion, clearly explains the company’s liabilities, describes the materials to be used and clarifies the roof’s warranty terms.
The Nuts and Bolts of Roofing Proposals
A roofing proposal sets a fixed price that the contractor and customer are bound to. Roofers worth their keep will have firmly established costs for materials and labor. The best roofers will not hesitate to specify costs for projects as a whole and further break down these costs based on project components. This document should also address additional costs that are incurred due to code requirements. The proposal will set out the costs for everything involved with the roofing project, from materials to fascia, soffit, plywood sheets and beyond.
The proposal should include a figure that will not be exceeded no matter what sort of hurdles pop up during the course of the roofing project. If you are uncomfortable with this number, do not agree to the proposal’s terms as there is a chance that the “not to be exceeded” figure will end up as the project’s total cost. Be sure to discuss all the proposal’s nuances with the contractor so you know exactly what you will be charged for. As an example, some contractors will try to charge customers for travel time/costs, breaks and other seemingly random sundries. Make sure the proposal contains all of the billing fees, broken down into nuanced details for your analysis. If you disagree with these costs, do not be afraid to voice your concerns. Refrain from agreeing to a roof proposal until you are completely comfortable with all of its terms.
Keep in mind that roof proposals are not always the same across the board. These proposals differ by contractor, project and customer demands. Some roofing contractors will provide lengthy proposals that span several pages while others will provide a single page proposal. Do not accept an over-simplified proposal. Your roof is a major investment and a critically important component of your home. If the contractor refuses to break down the project’s costs, move on to a roofing company that is completely transparent about costs, materials and project duration.
Elevated Roofing provides the assistance you need to repair roofing problems quickly and easily or provide full roof replacement. If you are looking for a Plano, Frisco, Allen, McKinney area roofing company, take a look at our website to learn about the services we offer or call (469) 305-0010 today to schedule a free roof inspection.
Elevated Roofing, LLC
15222 King Road, Suite 402
Frisco, Texas 75034