Understanding Roofing Quotes and Estimates

When you’re considering hiring a roofing company for repairs or replacement on your roof, it’s always a good practice to compare estimates and quotes from multiple contractors. However, despite its importance, most homeowners don’t fully understand what’s inside the piece of paper they receive from their prospective roofers.


Familiarizing yourself with the ins and outs of roofing cost estimates and quotes can be very helpful, and it’s not that complicated. 

Quotes vs. Estimates

Firstly, roof repair or replacement quotes are different from estimates. Cost estimates are a projection of how much the project will set you back and is rarely the same as the cost you will see at the end of the job. Typically, estimates are roughly 10% to 15% more or less than the actual price. On the other hand, quotes and bids are pretty much set, and once you’ve approved and signed them, they become binding contracts.

Factors Affecting Costs

The quote you have for your roofing project can be divided into two categories: labor and materials.

  • Labor covers the cost of having one or two licensed professionals come and finish the job as well as their insurance and other worker-related expenses. High-end companies will typically have more people and more equipment which could lead to higher labor costs.

  • The cost of materials depends on the material you want your roofer to install. For example, asphalt shingles are comparatively more affordable than other luxury roofs like slate. Additionally, the cost of asphalt shingles can also vary widely between brands and product lines, which could also affect your quote.

At Superior Roofing, you can get honest and accurate quotes every time. Give us a call at (334) 821-8411 for Auburn, AL, and (706) 322-9032 for Columbus, GA. You may also fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation and get a free quote today.