Things To Ask When Getting Roofing Quotes
Whether you are planning a full roof replacement or scheduling annual repairs, keep in mind there are a few things to ask when getting roofing quotes. At Christian Roofing we always conduct a detailed inspection before providing a quote. This step is crucial as it allows us to give an accurate estimate for the full costs and timeline required. Here are a list of questions to ask when getting your roofing quotes:
How do I know if I need a full roof replacement or a repair?
Depending upon the size and state of your roof, your property may only require a roofing repair or partial replacement. However in some cases a full roof replacement may be a safer option. At Christian Roofing we outline all of the alternatives so you can select a solution that works for your timeline and budget. Remember that regular or annual repairs and inspections are key to maintaining the life of your roof over several decades.
How long will the roofing repairs or installation take?
During an in-depth consultation the roofing team will assess the overall scope of the job. Factors like structural repairs, replacing insulation, or tearing off the old roof will impact the total timeline of the project. Other considerations might include the addition of skylights, use of patterned shingles, unexpected repairs due to rodent or insect damage, or the installation of solar panels. Some jobs may only take a day while other projects can take a few weeks. Your contractor should provide an estimate for the hours of labor required as well as a timeline for project completion. Applying for permits and other fees can also impact the duration of the job.
What is your estimating process? Do you complete an on-site inspection?
Be wary of any companies that are willing to provide a formal estimate without completing a comprehensive roof inspection. This inspection should include checks to measure the overall strength and security of the roof and supporting structures. Your contractor will also perform a series of tests that can detect issues beneath the surface. At Christian Roofing our comprehensive roof inspections include:
- Review of the internal and external walls, windows, gutters, and siding
- Internal inspection of the ceilings, chimneys, skylights and attic
- Look for signs of rodents, mold, or insect damage
- Check on materials including shingles, tiles, flashing, fasteners, seams and gutters
- Check for missing materials that have fallen off over time or after a storm
- Review of the structural security of the roof, including the beams and supporting elements
What kind of materials can I choose from?
Today’s roofing materials offer a huge range of colors, styles, and technical qualities. From traditional slate shingles to high-efficiency single-ply, there is a roofing material for every need and budget. If you have a specific design or material in mind your contractor can suggest pricing and design options that reflect your vision. If you are working with a limited budget our team will recommend cost effective solutions that are easy and affordable to maintain. At Christian Roofing we work with shingles, ceramic tiles, single-ply roofing, asphalt, modified bitumen, TPO, cool roof solutions and more. See all of our Roofing Material Partners or get in touch with our team for additional information.
Are material costs itemized?
Ask for an itemized estimate when getting roofing quotes. The estimate should include line items for materials, labor, permits, fees, and other considerations that could impact the price or timeline.
Is your company bonded and insured?
When getting roofing quotes make sure to ask for contractor licensing information including a Contractors State License Board number. You should also ask their project management team about permits and fees that may be required in your county. Choose a roofing company with experience; they’ll ensure that your project is completed safely and according to code.
Can you provide local referrals?
Any roofing company should be able to provide recent reviews from local clients. Don’t be afraid to ask for referrals from past clients as well; they will be able to confirm how well the work has performed after 5-10 years of wear. In addition, look out for positive reviews online.
About Christian Roofing
Christian Roofing is a family-owned and operated company based in San Diego, California. We offer commercial and residential roofing repairs, replacements, and maintenance.
Our experienced team has more than 20 years of knowledge in the roofing industry and can provide expert guidance on project costs, timelines, and materials.
Ready to start your roofing project? Contact our team today.