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Questions to Ask When Getting a Roof Estimate

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It’s easy to make the argument that roofs are unsung heroes. After all, they rarely get much attention when all is going well, but they offer vital protection for your home or business and everyone and everything that takes shelter there. They also contribute to the structure’s aesthetics and value. But of course, even the best roofs won’t last forever. Eventually, you’ll need to request an estimate from a trusted roofer for a new roof. How do you find that trusted roofer? Knowing what questions to ask when getting a roof estimate can help you make smart decisions about your next roof and the company that will install it.

Questions to Ask When Getting a Roof Estimate

It’s not unusual for quality roofing materials to have warranties that span decades from the companies that manufacture them. However, those warranties will be null and void if the roof is installed improperly. On a similar note, promises from a roofer that they’ll stand behind their work are only useful if you can find the roofer if a problem ever develops. Clearly, selecting a reputable roofer with the knowledge and resources to do the job right is crucial.

If you want to find a trustworthy professional, don’t jump at the lowest price or the easiest answer. Instead, treat the estimate process like an interview. Do your homework, and make a list of questions to ask when getting a roof estimate.

What Is the Company’s Full Name and Physical Address?

It may seem silly to verify a company’s name and address, and reputable companies won’t hesitate to provide the information. In fact, any hesitation is a serious red flag. This information allows you to check a company’s credentials and research its history.

How Long Has Your Company Been Serving This Area?

Experts often suggest choosing an established company because it’s already demonstrated that it knows how to accomplish the job successfully. In addition, many feel that there’s a better chance that an established company will be there in the future if additional assistance is needed. Should you favor a local company? The rules and regulations for building and construction vary by region. Working with a company that has been serving your local community means they’re familiar with the governance for your area.

Can You Provide References?

Forbes encourages asking for a reference or three. Checking references is not only an excellent way to determine the quality of a roofer’s work but also to discover what the experience of having a roof installed by them is like.

Are You Fully Licensed and Insured?

As Angi explains, reputable roofing companies protect themselves and their clients by being fully licensed and insured. Professional licensure demonstrates that they have the expertise in roofing that you expect. Don’t hesitate to ask who holds the license. The contractor should be willing to answer your questions. Likewise, it’s fair to ask about their insurance coverage. They should have both liability and workers’ compensation insurance.

Do You Provide Written Estimates?

Misunderstandings happen. Clear communication and written contracts make them much less likely. To avoid unpleasant surprises, your contractor should provide a written estimate that covers labor, materials, and anything else that could impact the price tag of the job.

Do You Offer a Warranty?

A manufacturer’s warranty typically covers the materials that make up the roof. Some roofers will guarantee their work with a separate warranty. Ask if the roofer offers this, what it covers, and how long it lasts.

How Will You Leave My Property After the Job?

Roofing is hard work. While you can appreciate the results, you probably don’t want to see the aftermath lingering in your front yard. Ask what efforts the roofer will make to protect your property during the roof installation and to clean up after the project is complete.


If you’re in need of a roof estimate for a roof installation or repair, turn to Taylor-Made Roofing. A family business proudly serving families and businesses in southwest Missouri for more than 20 years, we’re fully licensed and insured and happy to provide references. We’re committed to providing quality service with top-notch integrity. Our experts can help you explore new roofing options, maintain an older roof, perform emergency repairs, complete tear-offs and recovers, and perform remodeling services. For more information, please give us a call at 417-326-8778 or contact us online. We look forward to hearing from you!

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