Comparing estimates is a smart thing to do but it has to be done correctly.

On this page we will explain the proper way and things to look for when comparing contractors for the following estimates:

  • New Roof Installation
  • New Siding Installation

How to Compare Roof Estimates

Comparing Roof estimates can be daunting and confusing due to the many types of Roofing shingles and components, warranty levels, and labor initiatives  

Furthermore, not all roofers are the same.

The vetting process of the roofer and the estimate comparison should be done separately.

Vetting Process:

  1. How long in business?
  2. What are the complaints about them online?
  3. Insured and bonded?
  4. Licensed in NJ (not required after 2018)?
  5.  Who are working for them?  How long?  Day laborers from home depot?
  6. How many crew members on the job that day?  
  7. How do they register the material warranty?
  8. Do they offer a Lifetime Labor warranty?

Local Company for over 3 Decades

12 Crews that do an average of 40 Roofing jobs a month

NJ Contractor Licenses: #13VH11963000 and 13VH12371100

Insurance: General and Umbrella $2,000,000 coverage Naic #’s 38920, 41297

Workers Comp: Scottsdale Insurance Company #10356

 Policy# EIG4929399-00

Compare estimates Apples to Apples:

  1. Get an Exact Material list item by item!  Make sure the list of material is all from the same manufacturer!  The biggest scam is that contractors will low ball you by giving you brand name shingles but then all the roofing components underneath will be cheap brands.
  2. Get a Measurement report showing you the exact amount of square footage that they are quoting.  Many contractors will try to scam you by quoting low square footage and then the day of the job, tell you it more.
  3. Make sure you have a visual of exactly how the job is going to be done and what exactly is being replaced. 
  4. Time Frame of the job
  5. Outline the clean up of the property and their Property Protection policy
  6. Are they adding any Free Items?  Dumpster included? are Free Plywood included? 
  7. Financing Options 

All Roofing components are to be from the same manufacturer!!

  • Shingles
  • Ice Water shield
  • Starter Strip
  • Hip and Ridge Shingles
  • Synthetic Underlayment
  • Ridge Vents

Is chimney being flashed and sealed? 

New drip edge being installed?

Plywood specifics?

How to compare Siding Installation Estimates