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Understand what your estimate includes.
A well-written proposal will include a detailed description of every aspect of the roofing project, like the extent of the work being done, who is doing it, the materials and tools they'll use, who is responsible for permits, debris disposal, etc., and a lot more.
You want to limit the number of surprises you get during a roofing project as much as possible. So, while no one can predict every little problem that might occur, a reliable and professional contractor will be willing to list potential issues that may arise during the job and how much it would cost.
Water damage is a common “surprise” factor in many roofing projects. So whatever the initial estimate is, we recommend putting away another 10-15% to prepare for unwelcome surprises.
Plan for debris disposal if necessary.
A contractor should have zero problems picking up any shingle pieces, nails, wood remnants, or other roof-related debris from the project. Cleanliness is a big factor in overall customer satisfaction, so be sure to ask how they intend to keep the site clean.
A dumpster is usually the ideal solution, but trailers are often sufficient as well. Oftentimes, the roofing contractor will handle the debris removal and disposal (and the cost will be included in your estimate), but make sure you discuss this with them to confirm.