Getting a new roof is a big decision
If you have been thinking about getting a new roof, then congratulations on making an investment in your home and future! And when you are putting so much time, effort, and funds into your new roof, you deserve to have it done right the first time and have the process be easy and smooth. The best way to get your new roof project started off on the right foot is with a roof estimate. When preparing for your roof estimate in Tampa, FL, you should be prepared to follow six key steps in order to make sure you are completely satisfied with your roofing contractor and your future new roof!
6 easy steps to follow during your new roof estimate
When preparing for a new roof, it can be easy to get overwhelmed with options, numbers, and contractors. And when people get overwhelmed, they may rush into decisions or make a choice that is less ideal. So at Stay Dry Roofing, we recommend that you follow these six easy steps during your new roof estimate to make sure that you feel in control, educated, and make the right decisions for your home, business, or family.
1. Set aside time for the appointment
In order to be completely educated on your options, it is important to make sure you have set aside proper time for your appointment. If you have to rush your contractor or yourself, then important details may be skipped over. We recommend setting aside two to three hours for your roof estimate appointment, and depending on how many questions you have, it could even take a bit longer. When making such an important decision, setting aside this amount of time is key.
2. Make a list of questions, and ask them
Your roofing contractor who comes out for your estimate should welcome and encourage you to ask questions. They should also be completely knowledgeable on all aspects of your roof. Your goal is to end the roof estimate knowing everything you need and no feeling left in the dark. Some important questions you should be asking every contractor include inquiring about their license and insurance numbers, checking that they use in-house employees and not sub-contractors, and if they are going to be pulling a building permit for you.
3. Walk around with your estimator
When the appointment for your roof estimate comes, we encourage all homeowners to do a walk around with the estimator. While you shouldn’t get on the roof with them, make sure you follow them around the perimeter and ask any questions you come up with. Let the estimator provide you with details on aspects you may not have noticed, and have them show you pictures after they finish their walk around.
4. Compare roofing options
When you sit down with the estimator, it’s important to have them go over all your options. You should be looking at roofing manufacturers and materials, like shingle, tile, or metal. The roofing contractor or estimator will be able to give you a detailed opinion and breakdown on each option to allow you to make an educated decision.
5. Get a written estimate
In order to lock in your estimate, you’ll need to make sure you get the price in writing. Verbal agreements cannot be upheld and those who promise you a low price, will often raise that when the time comes. A reputable roofing contractor will provide you with a written estimate and a length of time that the estimate is good for. When you make your decision, the contractor will honor that estimate.
6. Consider the future
While getting a new roof is a big project in itself, while it is being done, many homeowners choose to have other roofing projects performed at the same time. Consider adding gutters, a skylight, or extra insulation during your new roof project to avoid having to get it done in the future.
Stay Dry Roofing provides free estimates!
At Stay Dry Roofing, we understand that this is a big decision for you and your family, so to make the roofing project just a little easier, we offer free estimates with our friendly, knowledgeable estimators. We’ve been offering Tampa, FL residents roof estimates for over 30 years, and are known for treating our clients like family. So if you’re ready to get started, choose a team that will care about you and your home…choose Stay Dry Roofing!