When thinking of getting a roofing work undertaken, the very first step is to have estimates prepared. It is customary to have estimates done by more than a single roofing Frederick MD contractor. Thus it is possible to have a good idea of what the job entails and also helps identify the most competent roofing contractor. There are usually several heads to a estimate. Here an effort is made to simplify the usual estimates by looking closely at some of the prominent heads that usually make up a roofing work estimate or work order.
How the estimates split up in a typical roofing Frederick MD work order.
- Shingles: These are the roof tiles that make up the outermost covering of most roofs. The typical roof is bound to have layers of shingles all arranged overlapping each other. In most of the repair work, there could be shingles that are cracked and broken. Most causes of cracks are the creeping action due to the heat or at times if something has been dropped on them. If the roof is more recent, then it is possible that the warranty could still be in force thus minimizing the expense of work.
- Flashings: These are packing matter that prevent water seepage and is usually used when there are vertical walls like that of chimneys and windows coming out of the roof. The top cover or mostly the shingles need to be removed to access the flashing and it usually does prove to be quite expensive.
- Under laying: This is a water proof coating done under the shingles to prevent water from getting into the building and is usually the very first barrier against water seepage. Most of the under laying are reinforced with steel wool or fiber glass to give strength to the packing which by itself is quite soft to touch.
- Drip edge: What is usually noticed at the edges of the shingles that give it an adjournment and helps direct the water flow to be focused as it falls, is the drip edge. Most people do not pay much attention to this small part of the roof and it is thus a good contractor that includes this very minor bit o metal in the estimates. If a particular contractor is including the drip edge in the estimate, it is a good sign that he has complete knowledge about the work undertaken.
It is possible that variations to these major work components are possible but usually it is common to have the above parts to most components to a good estimate.
The accuracy of the estimate
The estimate is mostly a rough measure or tentative measure. It is quite natural that it deviates from the final bill but a good estimate is as good as the bill. The more complete the roofing contractor is the better and close the estimate is to the final bill. This is a tell tale sign of the quality of the worker.