When it comes to getting roofing installed or having routine maintenance performed it is important to know the difference between roofing estimates and proposals. The two are often confused because they seem similar, but there are key differences you need to know.

Understanding Roofing Estimates

Roofing estimates let you know the types of materials that will be needed for the project as well as the schedule for work to be done. The contractor’s liabilities and warranty information for the roof are also included. Estimates provide information about how the roof is to be paid for and if there will be any add-on costs. Any potential add-ons need to be explained fully in the estimate. Some contractors will try to use the estimates as a means to get you to sign a contract, by treating it as a formal proposal. This is not the purpose of an estimate and you need to take care before you sign anything. Estimates help you evaluate which roofer you may want to work with and a professional and trustworthy contractor will give an estimate to provide the specific details and costs that are to be involved in your roofing project.

Getting to Know Roofing Proposals

A roofing proposal sets the cost for a project that the contractor and building owner will be bound to. Most roofers will have set costs for materials and labor and they will provide these costs in full as well as give detailed breakdowns for any smaller part of the project or any additional costs that may arise. Proposals give a final price that is not to be exceeded regardless of what happens during the course of the project. If you do not agree with the charges, then do not sign or enter into an agreement with the roofer. Be sure to discuss every aspect of cost with the roofer so you will be aware of exactly what you will be charged for. Not all proposals are the same and they can differ by project, contractor, and client demand. Proposals also differ in length, but the general information provided will be standard. Beware of very short proposals, because these documents require detail so something is likely missing from a shorter proposal.

Your roofing is an investment, just like the building, so collect your estimates, make a decision and discuss a detailed proposal with your contractor before entering any contract. We are here to help you understand estimates and proposals and will work with you to get the best job done for you and your roof.


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