Bringing in a roofing contractor to provide an estimate on a new roof isn't just as simple as making a phone call. You want to be sure that you are properly prepared so that you can get the correct quote for your specific roofing needs. The following are a few mistakes that you want to avoid when scheduling a quote.
#1: Ignoring roof accessibility
The contractor will come prepared to access your roof in order to give a proper quote. This means they will need to do things like survey the condition of your eaves, check on the sheathing beneath the shingles, and perform full roof measurements to ensure they know the amount of materials necessary. Although they will bring their own ladders, this does them minimal good if access is blocked. Trim back shrubs and bushes around the house and remove anything that could get in the way, such as holiday lighting, before the contractor arrives. The easier you make it for them, the more likely that you will receive an accurate quote.
#2: Comparing apples to oranges
When it comes to the materials for your roof, you need to make sure you are making logical comparisons. This means narrowing down your materials choices. You don't want to compare the cost of top-of -the-line shingles with a 30 year guarantee to the bargain basement 10-year-guarantee option. It is also doesn't make sense to compare completely different materials, like metal and asphalt, on cost alone. When making comparisons between materials or quality of materials, look at them from multiple angles, including short and long term costs, efficiency, and lifespan. This will give you a more realistic view of what the true comparison of the materials are.
#3: Stopping at one quote
Just like Goldilocks, you want to find the quote that is just right. This means you should get at least three quotes before choosing a roofer. One quote means you may not be getting the best deal on your roof, while only two quotes won't give you much room for comparison. This is especially the case if there is a wide discrepancy between their quotes. If you get three quotes, you get a better idea of what is average. For example, if two of the quotes are closer together on the low end, then you know one roofer is highly overpriced. On the other hand, if one quote is much lower than the other two, this can raise alarm bells since there is likely a reason they aren't priced competitively.
For more help, contact a roofer, such as Burke's Roofing, in your area.