Before hiring a roofing contractor in Jacksonville, you should have at least three different estimates from local roofers. This will allow you to properly compare the benefits of each while at the same time not becoming overwhelmed with too many quotes.
As a basic rule you should also try to make sure that every estimate is based on the same criteria, such as the amount of material required, the quality of the material (prices vary widely on this point) and the quantity of work to carry out. This will make the task of comparing estimates much easier and more accurate. It should also let you pick out obvious differences in prices between each quote.
When you look through the roofing estimates, which you have been supplied with, make sure that there are no hidden costs and that everything is covered as best as possible. You should see volumes of materials needed, range of work to carry out, cleanup and taking a way of old materials and rubbish, and a fee for manual labor from the contractor.
If you are unsure about any item or detail on your roofing estimate, do not be afraid to request further information and an explanation. If they are a diligent and professional organization, they will be more than happy to help you understand and explain how they arrived at a particular roof estimate. (To be able to give you a worthwhile estimate, the contractor should have already inspected your roof firsthand).
Things to look out for which should be immediate warning signs are:
Roofing estimates which do not sufficiently break down each cost item so that it is not clear what you are paying for.
Simple spelling or grammatical mistakes, or even worse: incorrect calculation of the estimate.
Unusually low prices or fees for manual labor and workmanship: this may indicate that the roofing company is not properly licensed or does not carry full insurance, or perhaps does not employ legally.
Also, be wary of roofing estimates or quotes which are for more than 20% of the total cost to be paid up front before starting work.
If you find that from the three roof estimates you have, none are satisfactory, there is nothing to stop you going back out and finding more companies and roofing contractors in your area.
Lastly, even if you don’t need to ask any questions on the roof estimate you have been given, it is a good idea to think up a few for each of the Jacksonville roofing contractors in order to test out their responsiveness and ability to explain things to you. If you find it happening, ignore the over the top salesman spiel, and always drill right down to the point. This way you will be able to figure out just how knowledgeable and experienced your potential roofing contractor is. When it comes to something as important as the roof over your head, the last thing you want is for someone to be cutting corners.
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