Roof Estimate And Roof Contract: Important Things You Need To Know

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When your roof needs repairing or replacing, two key documents can make the process smoother: a roof estimate and a roof contract. 

As a Winnipeg homeowner, understanding these documents is crucial before starting a roofing project. Though estimates and contracts have distinct purposes, knowing how they work together protects you and your investment. 

This article highlights need-to-know details about roof estimates and contracts so you can approach your roofing project confidently. You’ll learn the role of each document, what to look for in a detailed estimate, contract must-haves, and smart questions to ask before signing. With the right information, you can get the roof you want at a fair price. 

Let’s dive in and equip you to make informed decisions when that new roof calls.

Understanding the Importance of a Roof Estimate

A roof estimate is the first step to getting a new roof. According to the National Roofing Contractors Association, a comprehensive roof estimate should include the roof measurements, materials required, and total project cost.

When hiring a roofing contractor, make sure to get at least three roof estimates from reputable companies. Considering both price and what’s included allows you to make the smartest choice. 

As a homeowner, you want the job done professionally at a fair price. Multiple estimates also confirm if the initial quote is reasonable, especially for a major investment like a new roof.

An in-depth roof estimate should inspect your attic and take precise measurements of your roof’s square footage, pitch, and complexity. 

The estimate should outline the proposed roofing materials, like asphalt or fiberglass shingles, metal panels, or wood shakes, and the number of layers required. It should also include the cost of additional services such as attic insulation, ventilation, or skylights.

A reputable contractor will provide a clearly written contract specifying the work schedule, total cost, payment terms, warranty details, and contingency plans in case of weather delays. This protects you legally and ensures the job is done properly the first time.

While cost is important, don’t choose a roofer based only on price. An experienced, certified contractor, backed by manufacturer warranties, is worth the investment for such an important job. 

They have the expertise to properly assess your roof and recommend a solution that suits your needs and budget. This results in high-quality work you can rely on for decades.

In summary, a comprehensive roof estimate and contract from a reputable contractor are essential to getting your roof done right. Take the time to understand these critical documents before signing on the dotted line. Your roof is too important not to.

What to Look for in a Roof Contract

A reputable roofing contractor will provide a comprehensive contract outlining the details of your roof replacement or repair. 

According to a 2019 report from the Better Business Bureau, inadequate contracts are a leading cause of disputes between homeowners and contractors.

Make sure the contract specifies:

The total cost of the project, including materials and labor, and the payment schedule. Never pay for the entire job upfront. A reasonable down payment is typically 10-25%, with subsequent payments made upon completion of specified milestones.

The start and end dates of the project. Roof replacements typically take 3-5 business days, depending on the size of the roof. Account for potential weather delays.

The roofing materials, including manufacturer and specifications. Higher-quality materials like architectural shingles or metal panels may increase longevity and resale value.

A workmanship warranty of at least 2-5 years. This protects against improper installation and defects in workmanship. Manufacturer’s warranties on materials typically range from 25 to 50 years.

Permits required for the job. In Winnipeg, most roof replacements require a building permit. The contractor should obtain all necessary permits before starting work.

Site clean-up and disposal of debris. The contract should specify that the contractor will clean the worksite and haul away old roofing materials.

Before signing a contract, check if the company is licensed, insured, and in good standing with the Better Business Bureau. 

Ask for local references and check reviews from previous clients. 

A reputable, experienced contractor like All Weather Exteriors will work with you to develop a contract that protects you as the customer and sets proper expectations for the roofing project. 

With the right contract in place, you can feel confident in the work being performed and have peace of mind for years to come.

Questions to Ask When Getting Your Free Roof Estimate

When getting estimates for a new roof, the questions you ask the contractors can make a big difference in the accuracy and usefulness of the bids you receive.

Do you have proper licensing and insurance? 

In Canada, roofing contractors are required to have a valid business license and liability insurance to operate. Ask to see copies of their documents to ensure they are properly certified to do the work.

How long have you been in business? 

Established roofing companies that have been operating for several years will likely provide higher-quality workmanship and service. They also come at a slightly higher price point. 

Newer companies may charge less but may lack the experience to properly assess your roof’s needs or handle issues that come up during installation.

What roofing materials do you recommend? 

The roofing materials used can significantly impact the cost of your roof. Asphalt or fiberglass shingles are popular, affordable options, while metal, tile or slate roofs are more expensive. A reputable roofer will recommend materials based on your home’s architecture, local climate conditions, and budget.

Will you provide a detailed written estimate? 

Insist on getting written roofing estimates from multiple contractors that specify the materials, labor, timeline, total cost, and any warranties offered. Compare line items between bids to determine which provides the best overall value. Verbal estimates or promises mean nothing if issues come up later.

How long will the job take? 

The size and complexity of your roof will determine the installation time. Ask the contractor how many days they estimate to fully complete tearing off your existing roof, installing a new one, and cleaning up the site. Make sure their timeline fits with your needs and that they will not leave your roof open or unfinished for extended periods.

With the right questions and a few estimates to compare, you can feel confident in choosing a reputable Winnipeg roofing contractor to install a quality roof that suits your needs and budget. Doing your homework upfront will ensure there are no surprises once the work commences!

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Estimating the Total Cost of a New Roof Installation

Installing a new roof is a major home improvement project, and the total cost can vary greatly depending on the size and style of your home. 

HomeAdvisor says the average roof replacement in Canada costs between $5,000 to $10,000 for a typical residential property. However, if you live in an area with severe weather, the price may be on the higher end of that range or even exceed $10,000.

When determining the total cost of a new roof, several factors need to be considered:

Roof Size and Pitch

The larger and steeper your roof is, the more materials and labor will be required, increasing the total cost. For example, a ranch-style house will likely cost less than a multi-level home. 

Roof pitch, which refers to the steepness of your roof, also plays a role. Steeper roofs require more safety equipment and are more difficult to install, so they tend to cost 10-25% more.

Roofing Materials

The type of roofing material selected has the greatest impact on the total cost. Asphalt or fiberglass shingles are the most affordable, ranging from $3 to $7 per square foot installed. 

High-end options like metal, slate, or tile can cost $10-$25 per square foot or more. Premium materials may last longer but often require a steeper initial investment.

Additional Fees

Beyond the essential costs of materials and labor, additional fees are often required for a roof replacement project. 

These include: 

•Permit fees: Building permits are required for most roof replacements and typically cost a few hundred dollars.
•Dumping charges: Fees for hauling away and disposing of your old roof shingles and materials, which can be $200-$500 or more depending on the amount of waste.
•Flashing and vents: Metal pieces that seal areas where the roof abuts walls or pipes, which add $200-$500 to the total cost.
•Gutters: New gutters are often installed when replacing a roof, adding $3 to $10 per linear foot.

By understanding the various factors that determine the cost of a new roof and planning ahead with the help of a professional roofing contractor like All Weather Exteriors, homeowners in Winnipeg can budget properly and avoid any surprises. 

A well-done roofing job should last for decades, so investing in a quality installation and reputable materials will save you money and hassle in the long run.

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FAQs About Roof Estimates And Roof Contracts: Your Top Questions Answered

Will a roof estimate obligate me to have the work done?

No, a roof estimate is not a binding contract. An estimate provides an approximate cost for the roof replacement or repair based on an assessment of your roof and the required work specs. 
It allows you to evaluate options and compare estimates from multiple contractors. You can accept or reject an estimate without obligation. Once you accept an estimate, you will sign a formal contract with the contractor to authorize the work.

What should a roof estimate include?

A thorough roof estimate should include:
Specifications of the roofing materials (shingles, underlayment, vents, etc.) including brand, color, and warranty details. According to a 2019 survey, over 80% of homeowners prefer estimates that provide material specifications.
A breakdown of labor and material costs. Material costs account for 40-50% of a total roof replacement according to industry standards.
The estimated start and completion dates of the project. The average roof replacement in Winnipeg takes 3 to 5 days.
Details of the work to be done. This also includes the removal of existing roofing, installation of new roofing, cleanup, etc.
Information about permits required and if the contractor will obtain them. Permits are required for most roofing jobs in Winnipeg.
Warranty details for workmanship and materials. Look for at least a 2-year workmanship warranty and a 20 to 50-year shingle warranty.

What should I look for in a roofing contract?

Once you accept an estimate, review the formal contract carefully before signing. A comprehensive roofing contract should specify:
*All details provided in the initial estimate regarding specifications, costs, timelines, and warranties.
*The total contracted price along with payment details including amounts, schedule, and terms. Never pay for the entire job upfront.
*The contractor’s liability insurance, worker’s compensation insurance, and any required permits or licenses.
*A “change order” clause in case any additional work needs approval during the project.
*A “delay of work” clause that outlines what happens if weather or other issues delay the work.
*Details of cleanup and disposal of waste materials. The contractor is responsible for the complete cleanup.
*Contractor’s obligations regarding safety procedures and compliance with building codes.

Following these tips will help ensure you have a full understanding of the scope and details of your roofing project before any work begins. 

Ask questions and don’t sign a contract until all your concerns have been addressed. A reputable contractor like All Weather Exteriors will be happy to provide a comprehensive and transparent estimate and contract.

Looking ahead, keep these key takeaways in mind when getting a roof estimate and signing a roofing contract. 

Understand what’s included in the estimate and get multiple bids. Vet the roofer thoroughly, looking at certifications, reviews, and references. Negotiate contract terms like payment schedule and warranty coverage. 

Always get a written contract outlining the scope, timeline, and other details. 

Taking these steps empowers you to make the best decision for your roofing project. Protect your investment in your home by being an informed consumer. Approach the process strategically and you’ll end up with quality workmanship at a fair price. 

A new roof is a big endeavor, but you now have the knowledge needed to tackle it with confidence.

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Weather the storm financially with All Weather Exteriors

Now that you’re armed with a roof estimate and contract knowledge, it’s time to tackle your roof concerns head-on. 

But what if unforeseen costs arise? 

All Weather Exteriors, the trusted Winnipeg roofing experts, understand. That’s why they’ve partnered with FinanceIt to offer flexible financing options that fit your budget. 

Breathe easy knowing your roof will be protected, and your wallet won’t take a beating. 

Contact us to get a free quote from All Weather Exteriors today and discover a financing plan as worry-free as a brand-new roof!

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on May 9, 2019. The last update was made on May 24, 2024, to reflect new information and insights.

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