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Dallas Roofing Experts: Navigating Your Roof Estimate

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Perhaps one of the the most confusing aspects of roof replacement for homeowners is that of the estimate. The roofing estimate is a task undertaken by both the adjuster and Dallas roofing contractor is to prepare the cost and scope of work involved in restoring a homeowner’s roof to pre-loss condition. Before an estimate can be written, a thorough inspection of the roof must be performed in order to determine the scope of working and there can be differences in the way the roofing contractor and adjuster will prepare their respective estimates.

Today we help make some sense of what can often be a confusing phase of the roof replacement process.

Adjuster vs Roof Consultant Estimates
Dallas roofing professionals include a detailed list of all work that needs to be completed to bring a property back to pre-storm condition, whereas adjusters tend to write estimates based on current carrier guidelines and policy coverage.

Most adjuster estimates do not take into consideration code upgrades for items that do not meet current city/state adopted building codes. The estimate will then be calculated from all the items in the scope of work, the measurements and the cost to complete each item. A professional estimate should also include potential upgrades than could enhance the roof and value of the home for the homeowner to consider.

Measure Twice
All measurements, slope, penetrations etc. used to prepare the estimate may be obtained from an Eagleview if one is available, or may be measured by hand. Regardless of the method used, it is still necessary to include photos of all elevations, all penetrations, flashings, etc. to document the storm damaged areas. The roofing estimate can be either a detailed, itemized list of all work to be done or may be a summary estimate.

To Itemize or Not to Itemize…
If working with an insurance claim, an itemized estimate is preferred by the carrier in order to get your RCV released. This will aid in comparing the scope of work from both the insurance carrier and the roofing contractor. Any differences should be addressed. Differences may be items missed by the insurance carrier that need to be repaired or replaced and/or pricing differences. Pricing differences could simply be the result of market condition changes between the time a claim is filed and the work is being complete.

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