When you get in touch with any roofing professional, they will tell you that getting a quote for a roof repair or replacement is not easy as it might seem. They might have to come to your property to inspect the roof, and only then will they give you an estimate. The question you may be asking is, what are they looking for? Below, we will look at what roofing contractors consider before starting roof repairs or replacements and what influences the estimate they give you.
In some cases, you might need a few things done. For example, having some shingles replaced or your gutters cleaned is easy enough and does not require the contractor to send a whole team. On the other hand, they might look at your roof and conclude that there is nothing to salvage. In that case, they will opt for a full replacement which might end up costing you a lot.
The type of roof you have factors in heavily in the cost you get. Roofs come in different shapes, sizes, and materials, and all these factors have to be taken into consideration. If a contractor needs to repair the roof, they will let you know how much the material they will require will cost and how much labor and time will be required to complete the job.
In some localities, the contractor might have to get some permits before undertaking any commercial roof repair. The price might be a flat rate for the permit or might be influenced by your property’s size and value. In most cases, the contractor will pass some or all of the cost of the permit to you.
In areas that need protection from storms and hurricanes, the permits can get quite expensive. So, ensure you talk to your contractor regarding commercial roof repair to see how much this particular cost will factor into your bill.
Most roofing contractors will give you a quote that is calculated using the size of your roof. A square is usually a 10-foot-square area of the roof. Remember that most roofing materials are sold in squares so the contractor will likely charge you for a full square even if the repairs area is less than that. Once the contractor knows the area they need to work on, they can then add other factors such as the state of the roof and how extensive damage on the roof is to get final pricing.
Most rooftop elements such as skylights and chimneys can increase the cost of a repair or replacement significantly. This often happens if they need to be replaced. If not, the contractor has to work around them which increases labor costs. Finally, the contractor has to ensure they do not leak once they are done which increases the cost of the material used.
Getting a quote from a roofing contractor is not as straightforward as it might seem. There are so many factors that come into play, so ensure you talk with the contractor beforehand to know exactly how much your particular project will cost and what exactly you are being billed for.