Comparing Roofing Replacement Estimates: Start With a Checklist of What You Want

Roofing Replacement: Comparing Multiple Estimates

If you’ve decided to replace your roofing, you’ll want to compare the prices and services offered by multiple local contractors in order to decide which roofer is the best for the job. But in order to do that effectively you will need a checklist of everything you want so that you can present identical requirements to each contractor and receive comparable bids.

Save yourself some time and take the guesswork out of quote comparisons by building your roofing checklist before you start making the calls. Without a checklist, you’ll likely find that estimates can vary wildly from one contractor to the next, making the comparison that much harder.

Build a Checklist of What You Want

The first decision you’ll need to make is whether you want to repair your current roof or replace it outright. Generally speaking, if you’ve had recurring problems, or if your roof is more than 15 years old and is showing signs of significant wear, you’re better off replacing it than going with repairs.

Once you’ve decided that replacement is the way to go, spend some time building your requirements list so that you can present it to your selected contractors for bids. Here’s a rundown of all the items your roofing replacement checklist should include.

  • Tear-off vs overlay. Will you be tearing off or adding a new layer? In most places, homeowners are allowed up to two layers of shingles on their roofs. If your underlayment is still in good shape, you can save a bit of money by leaving it intact and adding a second layer of shingles. However, if your underlayment is worn, you should replace your roof outright instead of trying to cut corners.
  • Size and materials. Calculate the total square footage of your roof, then decide which roofing material you want:
    • Asphalt shingles are one of the most common and affordable options, but there are many others on the market.
    • Slate roofing is costly, but extremely durable and very attractive.
    • Metal roofing offers energy savings, outstanding fire protection and a lengthy lifespan.
    • Concrete and ceramic tiles provide yet another strong and aesthetically pleasing option.
  • Product comparisons. Once you’ve settled on a material, do some research into the various products available from manufacturers of that roofing material. Not all asphalt shingles are made equal, and you’ll want to choose a product with a high customer satisfaction rating. If you’ve opted for metal, consider the relative merits of stainless steel, aluminum and copper. Concrete tiles are generally more affordable than their ceramic counterparts, with ceramic offering enhanced performance characteristics that may make the extra investment worth it, depending on where you live.
  • Warranty protections. In addition to comparing manufacturer warranties on the roofing materials you’ve selected, you should ask each contractor what kind of installation guarantees they offer. Workmanship isn’t covered by product warranties, so contractors need to provide added assurances that they stand by their work. Contractor warranties range from 5 to 20 years depending on the system they install. The average workmanship warranty is 5 years.

If you’re considering a new roof, the best place to start is by hiring an experienced roofing contractor to do a thorough roof inspection or request a re-roofing estimate directly. Remember that the lowest estimate you get isn’t necessarily the best! Make sure any contractor you consider provides several local client references, serves the area from a permanent location, and presents you with valid licensing and insurance information

Need A Roofer You Can Trust?

If you need an experienced Delaware or Pennsylvania roofing contractor, well versed in the art of shingle roofing installation, call All Roofing Solutions. We offer generous warranties, top-quality materials and experienced installation professionals who get the job done right the first time.


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  • Most re-roofing projects are completed in one day.
  • Because we are efficient we are able to offer very competitive prices comparing to large contractors with bigger overhead.
  • Each roofing/siding projects includes a meticulously performed, post-roofing inspection. We want to make sure that your roof replacement is done correctly and that it meets with your complete satisfaction.
  • All projects are supervised by company owner to ensure high quality workmanship.
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Call today at 302-725-ROOF (7663) in Delaware or 610-551-ROOF (7663) in Pennsylvania to request your Free Estimate! And don’t forget to ask about our discount of $400 off any complete roofing installation job!!!


  1. Posted May 12, 2018 at 1:25 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the checklist. My roof has sprung several leaks in it, so it seems as thought I should replace it with a new roof. I’ve never had a roof replaced before, so this checklist will serve as a good guide so that I can replace my current roof with one that’s more durable. Comparing products made by manufacturers is a great tip. Having a new roof that’s well made is one thing, but it’s also necessary for it to be built using the best materials that I can afford that will withstand weather conditions that could damage my roof.

  2. Posted June 1, 2018 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    I wanted to say thank you for the great information that you provide. I am a new business owner and have done my best to research as much as possible on the industry. My brother has been in the roofing industry for 20 years and we have started a roofing company. I have read many of your articles and they are very informative. Thank you for providing the public with the knowledge you have shared on your website.

  3. Posted June 7, 2018 at 7:44 am | Permalink

    Many people drawn to the bottom line immediately upon receiving an estimate, and while cost is an important factor, it should never be the basis of comparison for roofing estimates alone. Review the estimate carefully. Take detailed notes as you review each estimate. Once you finish a detailed review of each estimate, take your notes and compare the estimates. Only then will you be able to get a true comparison of what is being offered.

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