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Question DetailsAsked on 1/25/2016

How can I get a roofing estimate without a sales pitch?

We have an older split-level house. I just want to know how much it will cost to put new 3-tab on it. We don't want to sit down for an hour with sales people and listen to a sales pitch, or hear about the latest advances in roofing. We just want someone to say, "It will cost you $X to put new 3-tab on your roof, and we can start on ". We're fine with putting the new 3-tab on top of the old 3-tab, if that saves us money. We want to pay as little as possible for a roof that doesn't leak. Is that too much to ask?

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Provide the vendors you have selected to bid with a written scope of work, spelling out the acceptable brands and models/life spans of shingles you will accept, any details of type/color or flashing you demand, ice and water shield and water barrier types you will accept, etc - providing that is writing with a bid submittal date, and contact info for them to contact you for a site visit for their measurements and so forth. Tying down what you want that way limits their tendency and options to try to upsell you - though that is still possible during the visit.

Bear in mind though, by doing that, you are specifying specific materials, so you risk them saying your choices were inproper so they will not warrant it - so be sure to put in the RFP AND the contract that they specifically warrant all materials and installation for X period of time (typically 1 year), in addition to the manufacturer's warranty, and agree that the specified/selected materials are suitable for the job.

One thing on overlaying - read prior questions about that in the Home > Roofing link in Browse Projects, at lower left - because overlaying commonly results in a less planar roof surface, and you are also not replacing the water barrier, ice and water shield, and likely flashing - so you are asking them (likely 20+ years old) to last and be effective for ANOTHER 20-40 years - that is expecting a lot. I recommend paying the $1.00-1.50 typical range for full tearoff and replacement down to the sheathing. Doing that also lets you see if you have any sheathing damage.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD


As a contractor here is my 2 cents worth. Customers who only want the price with no presentation are Not worth a drive by quote. If you want cheapest roofing quote go to the barrio an flag down some guys standing on the corner. They will be cheap. You assume you have all the info to make an informed decision and as LCD pointed out you don't. So go to BBB or AL and get some highly rated contractors and specify up front you will allow them only 1/2 hour of table time (measuring on their time) or enjoy your crap shoot.

Jim Casper 40 year contractor AL and BBB Integrity Award Winner

ps if you need gutter info on your time see my website

pps According to Consumers Report 1/3 of new roofs leak in first 3 years

Source: www.heartlandmastershield,com

Answered 4 years ago by jccasper

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