Even if they’re free, roof estimates can vary greatly when it comes to quality and trustworthiness.
What’s not to like about free roof estimates? They’re free, after all! Of course, although you can definitely obtain free estimates from many different sources, not all will be created equal. An unreliable estimate can be a big problem, especially if you use it as a guideline for your decision-making. If you end up exceeding your budget because of oversights, the estimate won’t matter anymore.
As such, it’s important to ensure that you obtain an estimate you can really depend on before proceeding with your project. If you’re unsure of how to pick the best estimates out of the herd, read on for some tips that may help.
Good Estimates Are Realistic… Free Roof Estimates, Not Always
Sometimes, an estimate will seem too good to be true. In cases like this, it’s imperative to have other options as well — if nothing else, multiple estimates allow you to compare different roof assessments. An estimate that is considerably cheaper than all the others is a red flag, and you should take it with a grain of salt.
A cost projection that seems too good to be true very likely is. It might be tempting to go with the bargain brand contractor, but this practice is unlikely to lead you to any real savings. In fact, you’ll probably end up spending much more down the line. The roofer who promises an unrealistic outlook might try to cut corners with cheaper materials. You could also end up with the job simply going way over budget.
Perform Your Own Roof Inspection for Comparison
It’s useful to have a starting point when it comes to assessing your roof’s condition. Instead of solely relying on the official estimates, you can perform a cursory check of your own! If you’re afraid of heights, don’t worry — you could do this from solid ground, assuming you have a pair of binoculars you can use.
When examining your roof, keep an eye out for:
- Shingles that are missing or broken
- Curled or blistered shingles
- Flashing (the metal sheets that cover roof connections and edges) that has become misshapen or rusty
- Any puddles of standing water
The Best Estimates Come from Involved Roofers
If your preferred roofer is content with giving you free roof estimates and then vanishing until you proceed with the job, they shouldn’t be your preferred roofer! Now, if you’re hoping to have insurance cover your project, you might find that the insurer’s evaluation doesn’t match up with your roofer’s estimate. If you have a good contractor, the type to give you a dependable estimate, they will help you clear up any confusion with your insurance company.
At Cornerstone Roofing, we understand the importance of having an estimate you can count on. We’ll work with you, as well as your insurance company, to ensure your project is as successful — and affordable — as possible. To learn more about free roof estimates and the ways you can spot the best ones, connect with us online or call us at 770-844-9800.