How to Read a Roofing Estimate



I recently did an article on roofing and it got a good reception that I thought I would continue on that theme.  We have a home in Delaware that was hit by a heavy rain and wind storm.  We thought we had simple roof damage, but once an inspector got in there he advised it would be cheaper to replace the whole roof.  So we started calling Delaware roofers till we found a few that were willing to do a Free Estimate.

Let’s do a breakdown when looking at a roofing estimate.

Flashing – If there is a chimney, walls, or dormers on the roof then you will see flashing.  Flashing is used to keep your roof safe from water damage, and usually made with thin aluminum.

Shingles – Probably a term most homeowners are familiar with.  Since this the primary item on a roof it will the the predominant item on an estimate.  Your roofing contractor will provide the manufacturer as well as the style of the shingles.

Underlayment – Underlayment should be on every roofing estimate.  If it’s not you should consider not hiring the roofer that refuses to have it on an estimate.  Underlayment is a layer of protective felt paper between the shingles and the roof.  It also serves as the first defense against water damage.



Water and Ice Shield – No homeowner and no roofer should ignore the possible damage that water and ice can make.  Ice and water barriers should be discussed with a roofer and included in an estimate.

Drip Edge – One overlooked item on a roofing estimate is the drip edge.  Most manufacturers require it, but a lot of contractors do not have it on an estimate.  They are simply strips of metal applied to rakes, eaves, and gutter lines.  They are used to keep water from seeping underneath the shingles.  I would advise making sure it’s included in your estimate because it lengthens the roof’s life as well as being inexpensive.

Ridge Vent – All roofs need a ventilation system to allow moisture to escape.  A ridge vent is the most popular roofing ventilation system.

Valleys – A valley if properly installed allows water to runoff.

Fans and Pipes – These are other items that should not be overlooked on an estimate.  Pipes and fans are vents that allow air to escape from the house.

Chimney Cricket – If you’re roof has a chimney then a chimney cricket will most likely be on the estimate.  A chimney cricket keeps water, ice, and snow from building up around the chimney.



An Example of a Roofing Estimate

Decking – Under the ice and water barriers and underlayment lays the decking.  Decking supplies the structure to a roof.  If there is any damage to the decking then this will be on the estimate.

A Warranty – If an estimate does not include a good warranty then I suggest finding a different roofer.  Most warranties will give how long the work is guaranteed as well as terms to the warranty.

If in the Delaware area and are searching for a fair, quick, and professional roofer we were satisfied with Russell Anthony Exteriors.

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