Frequently Asked Questions: Roofing Quotes and Estimates

By Stacy Mellete

If you don’t already have a trusted contractor, one important step you need to take for your next roof replacement is to review several roofing quotes and estimates.

In this blog, roofing contractor in Largo Affordable Roofing Systems answers frequently asked questions about roofing quotes and estimates.


What’s the Difference Between Quotes and Estimates?

Quotes and estimates are often used interchangeably, and for the most part are very similar. However, they do have distinct differences. A project estimate is what the roofing contractor in Largo believes a project will roughly cost; the actual project cost may be more. A quote, on the other hand, is a detailed document that outlines all aspects of the project. Once signed, a quote becomes a contract.

What Should I Find In a Roofing Quote?

A roofing quote should contain the following:

  1. Detailed description and scope of the roofing project.
  2. List of materials and accessories, including a breakdown of associated costs.
  3. Project start and finish dates.
  4. Cost of labor and hourly rate.
  5. Other costs, including application of permits and disposal.
  6. Procedures: changes to the project, dealing with delays and inclement weather and unplanned repairs.

Why Am I Getting Varying Project Quotes and Estimates?

There are many factors that affect the estimated cost. Product costs vary per roofing manufacturer, and can increase when you choose upgrades such as “cool roof” and anti-algae features. Products with longer expected life span and higher wind ratings also tend to have higher prices.

Be wary of unscrupulous contractors who may cut corners just to be able to give a lower bid. They may substitute cheaper materials such as low-quality substitutes, thin decking, and may skip installing essential components like starter strips and ridge vents.

Remember that if a project cost is too good to be true, it probably is.

Affordable Roofing Systems is your leading provider of asphalt shingle and metal roofing in Largo FL. Give us a call at (813) 542-8462 or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Tampa and St. Petersburg, FL.

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