What Goes Into A Roofing Estimate

bigstock-Roof-Structure-6246815If your roof needs to be replaced and you are shopping around for the best price, you’re probably receiving tons of different estimates from a wide array of roofing companies. While your gut instinct may be to go with the contractor that’s quoting you the least, you should understand the factors that are figured into that quote. Here you will find out what exactly goes into one of our roofing estimates, what to expect from the upcoming project and the value in a reliable, established roofing company as opposed to a fly-by-night roofer.

The Cost

The estimate that our contractors will give you will factor in various aspects of a roofing project like the size of the job, the steepness of the roof, manipulation of the materials, flashing details, dumpster fees, labor, etc. However, there are times when we may begin a project and run into unforeseen damages, like rotten wood or stucco that needs to be removed, rusted or deteriorated flashing, improper stucco installation which hinders the removal of flashing, which can all incur additional costs. Always be prepared to run into these hidden costs.

Make Sure Your Roofer Is Reliable

Has anyone ever told you that you get what you pay for? When it comes to choosing a Jacksonville roofing contractor, this statement proves itself to be true. There are many roofing contractors that are more concerned with closing the deal than providing value to their customers. For example, you may find a roofer that quotes you a low price and throws in perks like free gutters. If it sounds too good to be true, that’s probably because it is. You’ll end up spending more money later on down the road when you discover your roof was constructed poorly.

These types of roofers are also the ones that’ll come back to haunt you when you find out you’re stuck with the bills they never paid. For instance, unreliable roofing contractors will quote you a low price because they never pay for the roofing materials they used for your home. Eventually, the roofing supply company that provided the roofer with the materials will be looking for the payment to cover the cost and one way to ensure they get their money is by placing a lien on your home. Regardless of the fact that the roofing contractor is the cause of the unpaid bill, you are the one using the materials therefore it’s your responsibility to pay for it.

Each roofing project is different and should be treated as such. We have specialized estimates unique to every situation in order for us to make sure you receive the highest quality services. Steer away from “checkbox” roofers who come to your home and simply follow a checklist to give you an estimate. For example, they will check off a component as simple as “shingles” but they will never clarify what types of shingles are needed. These “checkbox” roofers can overlook components unique to your roof and will either hit you with added costs or a low quality job.

Choosing AJ Wells Roofing Contractors

If and when you decide to proceed with our services, there are a few things that need to be discussed before we begin replacing your roof. When you meet with your roofing contractor, expect to review:

  • Shingle colors

  • Permits

  • Staging for the dumpster

  • Insurance paperwork

  • How to prep for the project

  • Scheduling (which is very dependent on the weather)

The Step By Step Process

The roofing process can be quite strenuous. Below is the step-by-step process our contractors follow while replacing a roof.

  • Remove all existing shingles and flashing, eave drips, etc. The existing decking will be exposed.

  • Replace any damaged wood on the decking and then proceed to re-nail the entire roof decking with 2 ⅜” ring shank nails per Florida Building Code. (6” around perimeter of OSB decking and 6” in the field.)

  • Install the roofing underlayment: weatherlock peel and stick self adhering rubber membrane (which is a secondary water barrier) or synthetic underlayment

  • Install new 6” eave drip around the perimeter of the home nailed every 4-6” and the application of the bed of tar will be 6” wide applied on the eave drip around the perimeter of the house.

  • Install new valley metal

  • Perform the work in progress inspection. The building inspector will:

    • Walk the roof, pick 3 random areas of his choice and check the nail pattern of the roof sheathing.

    • Check the felt nails and flashing

  • Once the project is in compliance with the inspector, the roofers will proceed to shingle the roof.

  • Install vents and lead pipe boots

  • Clean all debris from the area

  • Perform the final inspection. The building inspector will check for:

    • Proper installation of shingles and vents

    • Hip and ridge of home for proper nailing and tar lines

    • Compliance with Florida Building Code

  • Receive a certificate of completion.

  • Register for shingle manufacturer warranty

  • Do a walk through to address any concerns

  • Issue an invoice once the job is 100% complete.

Are you ready to speak to one of our contractors? Contact us here or give us a call at 904-553-0069 to schedule your free roofing estimate today.


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