If you are thinking of getting your roof replaced, one of the top pieces of advice you're going to come across is to get an estimate first. This is very good advice, but it's also incomplete. Getting a roof estimate is not the most complicated thing in the world, but it is something you need to go about in the right way in order to gather the most information and ultimately make an informed decision about your roof replacement. Here's the advice you really need: guidelines for getting estimates for roof replacement.
Get at least three estimates.
When you're having such a big project done on your home, you really want to get at least three estimates. This is not just so you can make sure you get the lowest price possible. It's also to broaden your horizons as to what's possible and necessary for your roof. One roofing company, for example, may suggest you have some vents added and may include the cost of that addition in their estimate. Another company may advise you to get a metal roof and offer a price on that. After getting three estimates, you will not only have a better idea of what replacing your roof will cost, but you'll also have a better idea of what your options are.
Establish whether estimates are binding or non-binding.
Some roofing companies offer what's known as a binding estimate. This means that if you have them replace your roof, you'll be charged the estimated amount, exactly. Other companies provide a non-binding estimate, which means the actual cost may change. They may charge you less if the project moves along faster than they guessed it would, or they may charge you more if the project takes longer than planned. Neither approach is right or wrong — but it is important to verify which type of estimate each one is so that there are no surprises when you do have the roof replaced.
Ask about timelines.
When you get an estimate for a roof replacement, always ask about the timeline. In other words, when can the roofing company get to your job? If one company can do the project next week and another company can't get to you for a month, that may play into your consideration of the estimates. You may, for example, be willing to pay a little more if it means your roof can be done sooner.
Hopefully, you now have a better idea of how to go about getting roof estimates. Before long, you'll have a brand-new roof!