What Does a Roofing Estimate Include?

When it comes time to get your roof replaced, you want to be certain that you get the best service for the best price.

One easy way to make sure you do this is by shopping around for roofing estimates. Only when you have the estimates in hand can you make the best decision for your home.

The only problem is, you may not know exactly what to look for. So to ensure that you get the best deal on your new roof, read on. Here is everything that should be in a roofing estimate.

List and Cost of Materials 

A roofing estimate includes a list of materials and their corresponding costs. The list should include the type and quantity of each material. It should make it easier for you to compare prices and quality of the materials. 

Labor Costs

Labor costs can vary widely. It depends on the size and complexity of the roof, the geographical location of the roof, and the crew employed to do the job.

Roofing labor costs include the removal of existing roofing material and installation of the new material. Other labor costs can include trim installation, the addition of vapor barriers, and caulking and sealing. It might also include ventilation installation, clean-up post-installation, and any necessary inspections.


Permits are necessary for local governments to approve the renovation. They certify the work according to relevant safety regulations. So a roofing company should include an estimate for permits when they provide roof quotes.

Common types of permits needed for roofing jobs include building permits and plumbing permits. If any structural changes to the roof or its support structure are necessary during the roofing job, you may also need a building permit.

Insurance and Warranties

Any roofing contractor should carry insurance policies for damage that may occur during the installation. This may include workers’ compensation insurance and general liability insurance.

Warranties for the roofing materials and the workmanship should also be in the estimate. The warranty should extend from the installation date. It should cover any defects, materials, or labor for a certain amount of time, typically up to 10-20 years.

Companies should offer a manufacturer’s warranty on the materials used as well. This helps you take care of defects that may occur down the line.

Payment Schedules

The payment schedule is the most important aspect of a roofing estimate. Depending on the size of the project, this could be broken down into multiple payments. It may include a deposit, progress payments, a final payment, and sometimes even a warranty payment.

Depending on the contractor, the payment schedule can also outline when payment is due. It can contain the percentage of the total that is due at each point. This ensures that the contractor receives payment promptly and the work is completed on time.

Get a Complete Roofing Estimate Before Making a Decision

A roofing estimate should include an accurate estimate for materials, labor, warranties, and any permits. With all this information in place, you’ll be able to make an informed decision to assess what is right for you.

So contact a roofing contractor today to get your roofing estimate. Take the first step towards getting your roof in shape!

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