Understanding Roofing Estimates and Roofing Proposals

When it comes to getting a roof installed or getting regular roofing maintenance it is important to know the difference between estimates and proposals. The two are frequently confused because there are similarities, but there are key differences you need to know when it comes to the work you need to be done.

Understanding Roofing Estimates and Roofing Proposals


Estimates include the types of materials that will be needed for a particular project. It also includes the scheduled time for the project, cleanup, and the contractor’s liabilities and any relevant warranty information for the roof and materials. Estimates also include how the roof is to be paid for and if there could be any possible add on costs. Any potential add-ons will be explained in the estimate in full. There are some contractors that will try to use the estimates as a means of getting you to agree to and sign a contract, by acting as if it is a formal proposal. This is not what estimates are supposed to be used for. Estimates help you evaluate which roofer you may want to work with based on pricing, materials, and warranty information. A professional and trustworthy contractor will give an estimate to provide the specific details and costs that will likely be involved in your roofing project so you can make an informed decision.


A roofing proposal sets the cost for a project that the contractor and building owner are bound to, like a contract. Most roofers will have set costs for materials and labor and will provide these costs in full, so you know exactly what to expect. They also give a detailed breakdown for each part of the project, including any additional costs. Proposals give a final price that cannot be exceeded regardless of what happens during the project. If the proposal numbers are not one that you like, then you do not enter into a contract with the roofer. Be sure to discuss every aspect of cost with the roofer upfront so you will be aware of exactly what you will be charged for. You will want to know exactly what you are signing and what you are agreeing to.

Not all proposals are the same and they differ by project, contractor, and consumer demand. Some proposals will also be lengthy while others are much shorter. Beware of proposals that are too short because they should contain details and critical information. Shorter proposals may be missing important and critical details. Your roofing is an investment, so collect your estimates to make an informed decision. Then, discuss a detailed proposal with your contractor before entering any contract so that everyone is on the same page.


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