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What You Should Find in a Roofing Estimate

Updated: Sep 29, 2021

Replacing your roof takes plenty of preparation and planning to get it right. You need a reputable roofing contractor that can work with the high-quality materials you prefer.

What You Should Find in a Roofing Estimate

When your contractor is ready, you will receive an estimate. Review this estimate carefully. It’s also a good idea to ask for estimates from different contractors (at least three) so you can compare the estimates and decide which one is right for you.

These are some of the details that you should find in each estimate from roofing contractors.

Contractor’s Contact Information

A proper estimate should be printed on the contractor’s letterhead, which should show you the company’s logo and contact information, including phone and fax numbers, email addresses, physical address and other relevant information. That relevant info should include the company’s insurance and licenses.

Detailed Description of the Work

A proper estimate should tell you about the work in detail. For example, if this is a roof repair, anyone who reads the estimate will have a solid idea about what the repair entails, including what materials will be used, what part of the roof will be repaired and what the roofers will do with it. If the contractor is going to tear off the old roof to install a new one, details about that should also be included, particularly where they intend to put the materials in the meantime and what they’re going to do with it. You might have to pay extra if your contractor has to rent a dumpster for all the old materials they’ll be tearing off.

List of Materials

A list of materials (including nails and other details) should be in the estimate along with their costs. The estimate should also detail who’s going to be responsible for purchasing them. The contractors might also specify where they plan to store the materials before they are used, such as a portion of your garage. The estimate should also include the total cost of the entire project.

Schedule of Work and Payment

The estimate will give you a good idea when to expect the roofers to arrive and at what time, when you can expect the project to be finished and during which parts of the project you’ll be paying the contractor (usually at specific milestones.


Information about the warranty covering specific materials as well as the workmanship of the contractor should be shown in your estimates. Feel free to ask about the warranty/warranties if they are not included.

Get in touch with A1 Quality Roofing, Inc. for your roofing needs today. Call us at (951) 877-4406, or fill out our form here.

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