Weather-related damage, including roof damage, costs around $1.5 billion annually. While no one wants roof damage from weather or some kind of accident, it’s a reality for homeowners across the nation.
If you get unlucky and end up with roof damage, you want the damage fixed. You don’t want a bad deal on the work. So, keep reading for some tips on getting the best roofing repair estimate.
1. Know the Roof Age
It might seem like an odd concern, but the age of your roof can determine whether repair is the best option. Most roofs get around 20 years of working life and a bit more if you get lucky.
If your roof is less than a decade old, you want a repair estimate because the rest of the roof has so much life left in it.
2. Know the Materials Ahead of Time
There are many roofing materials, including multiple types of shingles. Knowing what materials your roof needs ahead of time lets you do some basic pricing ahead of time.
With some baseline material pricing in hand, you’re in a better position to evaluate the estimates you get from roofing contractors. You can even ask for estimates based on using those materials
3. Do Research First
Your roof is one of the most essential elements of your home. Get a poorly installed roof and problems will cascade down from it.
Ask other people you know who had roof work done about their contractors. Research the roofing contractors in your area on review sites to see how other customers saw their service quality and work quality.
Use that information to narrow down a short list of potential options for work on your home.
4. Review References
Most contractors can give you a list of references for their recent work. While any sane businessperson will cherry-pick references for good opinions, it still never hurts to contact those references.
It gives you a chance to ask about crew behavior on site. Even someone happy with the end result can have legitimate complaints about the way workers behaved.
5. Get Several Estimates
Getting estimates from multiple contractors is one of the best ways you can get the best estimate. You can compare how the contractors break down their costs, as well as seeing how those costs line up with your baseline estimates. Fair warning, though, that labor makes a huge portion of most estimates.
You should also prepare for the possibility that the contractors will spot things that make them believe you should replace your roof. While the choice is ultimately yours, you should probably listen if several contractors make that observation.
Parting Thoughts on Getting the Best Roofing Repair Estimates
Getting the best roofing repair estimates takes a combination of knowledge about your roof, research about contractors, and time. Once you assemble the information and select contractors, you review the estimates and pick the one that works best for you.
Central Roofing provides residential and commercial roofing services in the Southern California area. For more information or to get an estimate, contact Central Roofing today.