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Roofing Estimates: How an Owner Can Receive Increased Expense Accuracy

February 14, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 119

Roofing estimates consist of varying factors including the slope type, chosen system, material costs, and labor based upon the square footage being repaired or replaced. An owner can obtain a better bid by having a good understanding of how professionals determine an estimate. The assessment of roofing materials begins by compiling information about building job extensity. Professionals must know the total square footage to determine what will be needed. Coverings can be limited by available funding, client preferences, and the roof angle. Estimates also account for unavoidable waste as the installation is being completed. A roof will consist of three layers with each requiring its own set of materials: the covering, underlayment, and supportive base structure. Products used to complete each layer can either be of low cost commodity grade or consist of higher grades for increased durability. Numerous other choices will affect the end estimate supplied by an expert service company. It is important to gain insight on what is needed before obtaining contract bids to avoid overpricing or a less than desired quality.

Commercial Roofing: What is Included in the Assessment?

A commercial roofing professional will ask many questions prior to the creation of the bid. Most professionals come out to inspect the current condition of a covering, take pictures, and create notes on what needs to be done. Here are a few things they will factor into the estimate from the visual inspection:

The number of layers to be removedDecking or reinforcement damageSigns of water damage around areas like skylights or chimneysSize of the roof being servicedRequired material qualityAmount of labor necessary to complete the jobWaste hauling expensesPost-job cleanup costs

Materials affect the total cost of a replacement job and become more expensive as strength increases. Basic quality products average between nineteen and twenty-two dollars a bundle with the price increasing by ten to fifteen dollars for heavier weatherproof coverings. The chosen covering system can limit what materials are feasible and affects the total expenses as well. Underlayment or reinforcement items will be required to supply a second layer of protection. Trim products average seven dollars a roll when made of felt but can be as much as thirty dollars when metal trim is installed. Commercial roofing companies perform a mark-up on the cost to make certain their own overhead is covered. Knowledge of general costs is helpful in determining if the mark-up is reasonable or includes overcharging.

Bids should be obtained from a minimum of three contractors before making a decision. Those at the start of phonebook listings or with the biggest advertisement are not always the best choice. An owner should ask around about specific companies, read reviews, and investigate areas where the contractor has previously worked. Local construction companies are another resource for finding reputable roofers. Other resources can include direct company references such as area roofing associations. Evaluating this information increases the chance of obtaining quality roofing estimates and services. Timeliness, references, and experience should be considered before hiring any contractor to complete this type of work on a residential or commercial building.

Roofing estimates include the material, labor, and cleanup costs necessary for job completion. Commercial roofing experts can offer a more accurate bid when precise information is given.

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