With all of the crazy TV roof ads for 50% off, 0 down, $99 a square, and so on, how can a homeowner filter through it all to know what they should be paying and what is ACTUALLY a good deal?
Let’s just talk common sense. Do you think I could stay in business giving you 50% off every roof? If my price per square (a square is 100 square feet of shingles) is much lower than everyone else’s, I’m either not making any money or inflating my measurements just to make you think you’re getting a better deal.
Let me introduce you to my friend: “Fuzzy Math”.
To understand the pricing for a roof, you need to understand how contractors run their business.
They normally consider the pricing of a new roof based on how many squares are required, how much waste they anticipate, the quality of the shingles, the difficulty of the job and the condition of the existing roof and structure.
UNTIL YOU HAVE A ROOF MEASUREMENT YOU CAN TRUST, YOU CANNOT BELIEVE ANY QUOTE!
The first step is to understand how big your roof actually is and make sure that you and your contractor are in agreement. Now do I expect you to get up on your own roof with a tape measure and try to figure this out? Of course not. Although experienced roof contractors can “guesstimate” how big a roof is by just looking at it, the best ones will get as precise as possible — it’s in their best interest to know how much material they will need. A good roofer understands profit margin and needs to be able to provide a quote that is not only as good as possible for you, but ensures they are is still in business for years to come.
This is ONE very important reason to have multiple roofers examine your home. They should all be within a very close range in their measurements. If the measurements vary by a wide amount — RED FLAG! If you have 4 of them come out and 3 measurements are close to each other, and the 4th is way off, you should be concerned about what that 4th contractor is quoting. If they don’t measure at all, kick them out!
When you submit a roof project request through Hire it Done, we will immediately use our unique aerial analytics to generate a very precise measurement of your house and send it to our pre-screened contractors. They will all make appointments to meet with you to tell you why they feel they offer the best product, installation and support. We encourage you to meet with multiple contractors to learn what makes them unique and how they are going to give you the best roof that you can afford.
Even better, all Hire it Done roofing contractors will show up with the same measurement report for your house. Ask the contractor for the report and have them explain it to you so that you understand your roof measurements. If there is still any confusion, contact me at Hire it Done and I’ll help you decipher any quote.
Buying a new roof can be pretty intimidating. Before you make any decision, make sure you are working with a measurement and a contractor you can trust!