Questions To Ask During Your New Roof Quote Appointment

24 January 2022
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If you need a new roof, one of the first steps you should take is to call a few local roofing companies and arrange for them to come give you an on-site quote. These quotes are not just a chance for you to compare prices and get the best deal. They're also a chance for you to ask questions and get a better understanding of what each roofing company has to offer you. So, what questions should you ask during these quote appointments?

What kinds of shingles does the roofing company offer?

There are several different types of shingles. The best-known of these are standard 3-tab shingles and architectural shingles, but there are also wind-resistant shingles, reflective shingles and many other more modern options. Ask what shingle options the roofing company has, and also ask which options they recommend for your home. If there is one company that offers a brand or style of shingle you really want, then this will help you choose between roofing companies.

Will the roofing company remove the existing roof?

It may sound obvious that a roofing company would remove the old roof before putting a new one in place. But this is not always the case. Occasionally, a roof contractor will put a new layer of shingles on top of the old one. This is usually only done if you're on a really tight budget, or if the new roof only needs to last a few years. If one roofing company's quote is much lower than the other companies' quotes, it might be because that company does not intent to tear off your roof. Ask why they're making this recommendation, and make sure you agree with their reasoning before choosing this route.

Do the roofers suspect any work needs to be done to the roof deck?

Usually, replacing a roof just means replacing the shingles. However, if there is any damage to the roof deck, that damage needs to be repaired before new shingles are put on. Rotten or cracked boards need to be replaced. This adds to the cost of the project. Roofers can usually tell, by looking at a roof closely, whether they'll need to do work on the roof deck. Ask whether this is part of their plan and how it will affect the cost of the project.

Asking the right questions will help make roof quote appointments more productive and informative. Good luck!

For more information, contact a roofing contractor near you.