What should be included in my roofing estimate?

What should be included in my roofing estimate?

You're stepping out the front door to head out to work, when you see a shingle fly past. Upon closer inspection, you see there are a few stray shingles making their way across your roof. After a quick Google search, you determine that your home is now at risk for water damage, meaning it's time for a roof replacement, or at the very least, extensive repairs.

Now it's time to start thinking about getting an estimate from a roofing contractor in your area. When it comes to roofing services for your South Jersey home, you only want the best. That means you want someone who has years of experience and can provide you with a comprehensive estimate that makes sense and aligns with your needs. But what does that mean? This week's Cambridge Exteriors blog post is here to help you understand some important elements to look for in every roofing estimate.

Cambridge Exteriors is a roofing contractor that specializes in a variety of roofing and other home improvement services. We've got the experience and skills necessary to provide you with comprehensive, reliable roofing estimates and services. Through our research, we've developed leading roofing technology solutions that help keep your home and your family safe. Read this week's blog post to learn more about what should be included in your roofing estimate and schedule yours with the professional South Jersey roofing contractors at Cambridge Exteriors today!

Payment information

Roofing services for your home are a large investment. This means you need to know when each payment will be due and how you can pay. During your roofing estimate, your roofing contractor should explain payment information in-depth, including details about down payments, progress payments, and end payments.

Additionally, your roofing estimate should include information about how you would hold back a payment until you are completely satisfied with your roofing contractor's work.

Approximate timeline

Having work done on your home can be a bit of a nuisance and may get in the way of your daily activities. That's why having a realistic timeline before the project begins is absolutely essential. During your roofing estimate, your contractor should give you an idea of when the project will start and end. While this may be subject to change depending on a range of factors, having a general idea beforehand is important.


One of the most common concerns when it comes to roofing services is the cost. Your roofing estimate should include the cost of labor, materials, and even necessary permits, to give you an accurate idea of how much you'll be paying. Again, this may require small tweaks along the way, but you should have a decent idea of the cost before your project begins.

Your roofing contractor should also explain whether you'll be responsible for cleanup or whether their company will handle that, further determining the cost.

Roofing materials

When it comes to roofing services, there are a number of materials available to get the job done. A good roofing company will be willing to take the time to explain each to you, as well as help guide you towards which type may best suit your needs.

Whether you need information about shingles, underlayment, ventilation, or another type of material, your roofing contractor should sit down with you and explain this information in-depth.

Description of processes

Before your roofing project begins, your roofing contractor should take the time to inform you about specific processes they will use for your roofing services. This should include information about how they will remove current roofing materials, the size of the nails and fasteners to be used, and more.

An experienced roofing contractor will know exactly what the process will look like and will be able to describe it thoroughly in a way that makes sense to you.

Guarantees and expectations

Different roofing contractors have different types of guarantees, so it's important that you clearly understand each one. Your estimate should include information about workmanship guarantees, material guarantees, and cleanup procedures.


When it comes to warranties, it's critical that every detail is established before the project begins. During your estimate, your roofing contractor should clearly describe the type of warranties and coverage they offer for each project.

Generally, limited lifetime warranties will offer superb protection during the initial years of the roof's lifespan, then will be subsequently prorated after a specified number of years. A lifetime warranty, however, is typically considered to last for about 50 years. Your estimate should also include information about whether this warranty is transferable to a new owner if you decide to sell your home.

Be sure that you clearly understand each part of the warranty, and be sure to ask questions you may have before your roofing project commences.

Licensing and insurance information

You have lots of options when choosing a roofing contractor, but it's absolutely critical that the one you choose is licensed and insured. You want your roofer to be reliable and responsible, and choosing a licensed contractor will make that much more likely.

As far as insurance goes, this is non-negotiable. In the event that something happens to your roofing contractor while working on your roof, you may be liable for any damage or injuries if they do not have insurance.

During the estimate, your roofing contractor should discuss whether they are licensed and insured and what that means for you. If they are not licensed and insured, do not sign a contract with them.

Provision for add-ons or changes

It's possible that you may change your mind about details within your roofing project. Within your estimate, your roofing contractor should include information about provisions and options for if this happens.

Termination information

Your estimate should include information about a termination clause. This should explicitly describe reasons why you or your roofing contractor may terminate the contract without any sort of penalty. Your estimate should also include information about what to do if the contract is violated by either party.

Trust Cambridge Exteriors

Choosing a roofing contractor for your home in South Jersey can be challenging. You want someone who is reliable, responsible, and experienced. Our team here at Cambridge Exteriors has the skills, knowledge, and processes that will guarantee your satisfaction.

We strive to provide thorough, high-quality roofing services from the estimate to the installation process and beyond. To learn more about our roofing services or to schedule your estimate, contact Cambridge Exteriors in South Jersey today! We're excited to help provide you with home improvement services that increase the value of your home.

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