For business owners and homeowners in Massachusetts, a roofing estimate is more than just an informational document. It’s a reflection of the integrity, transparency, and professionalism of the roofing company. At Altitude Roofing, we believe in empowering our clients with knowledge so they can make informed decisions about their properties. Let’s delve deeper into the key components of a roofing estimate and what each means for you.

What We’ll Cover:

1) Contractor License and Insurance

Before diving into the material specifics, it’s essential to confirm your contractor’s credibility. A reputable roofing company should provide proof of both licensing and insurance.

Licensing: In some states, there’s no legal obligation for roofing contractors to have a license. However, in Massachusetts, it’s crucial to work with a licensed contractor. A license is a testament to a contractor’s expertise, ensuring that they meet the professional and legal standards to operate.

Insurance: Insurance is your safeguard. If an accident or mishap occurs on the job, insurance ensures that liability doesn’t fall on your shoulders. Two primary insurances to check for are Workman’s Comp and General Liability insurance. Always ask for a Certificate of Insurance (COI) – a transparent contractor will have no hesitation in providing it.

2) Options and Detailed Breakdowns

Every business owner’s needs are unique, and a roofing estimate should reflect that. It should provide a clear breakdown of options available tailored to your needs.

For instance, you might see terms like 3Tab or architectural shingles. These are different types of roofing shingles, each with its advantages, longevity, and cost. Similarly, coatings, underlayment, drip edge, ventilation, and the ice and water shield are elements that vary based on material and quality.

An in-depth estimate will outline each option, explain its relevance, and detail associated costs, enabling you to make an informed choice.

3) Change Orders

Construction projects, including roofing, can sometimes uncover unexpected challenges once work commences. Change orders detail potential adjustments to the initial estimate if such unforeseen issues arise.

It’s a preemptive step, ensuring transparency and preventing unexpected costs. By providing a clear change order clause, the contractor establishes a predetermined and agreed-upon cost for any additional work, ensuring you’re never caught off guard with sudden expenses.


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4) Terms and Conditions

The terms and conditions section is crucial for clarity. It establishes a clear framework of what you can expect when your roof work begins. This timetable can encompass payment schedules, work timelines, responsibilities for acquiring permits, and protocols for addressing any disputes or issues.

5) Warranty Information

A warranty is not just a piece of paper but a binding commitment from the contractor to stand behind their work. The roofing estimate should clearly spell out the various warranty terms. Depending on the roofing company and the materials used, you might see several different types of warranties:

  • Workmanship Warranty: This covers any defects related to the installation of the roof. If problems arise due to improper installation, the contractor is responsible for the necessary repairs. Typically, workmanship warranties can last anywhere from 1 to 10 years, depending on the contractor.
  • Manufacturer’s Material Warranty: This type of warranty covers defects in the roofing materials themselves. If shingles start to deteriorate or fail prematurely, the manufacturer will provide replacement materials. The duration for these warranties can range widely, from 10 years to a lifetime, depending on the material quality.
  • Full System Warranty: Some manufacturers offer warranties that cover not just the roofing materials but the entire roofing system. This contract might include related components like underlayment, ventilation, and flashing.
  • Transferable Warranty: This is a beneficial feature for homeowners who might consider selling their homes in the future. A transferable warranty means that if you sell your home, the warranty can pass on to the new owner. It’s a valuable selling point, showcasing the roof’s quality and the manufacturer’s confidence in its longevity.
  • Extended Warranty: In some cases, you have the option to purchase an extended warranty. This type will cover a broader range of potential issues and often extends the warranty period, ensuring peace of mind for a longer time.

Knowing the nuances and extent of your warranty protection is crucial. It not only helps you understand what to expect in terms of potential future roof repairs but also reflects the confidence your contractor has in their work and the materials they use.

Why You Need to Get a Roofing Estimate Before Winter

For Massachusetts residents, there’s an added urgency to address roofing concerns, especially as winter approaches. New England winters can be particularly harsh on roofs.

  • Heat Loss: A damaged or poorly insulated roof can lead to significant heat loss, leading to increased heating bills.
  • Leaks: As snow accumulates and melts, the potential for leaks increases, especially if your roof has vulnerabilities.
  • Ice Dams: These are ridges of ice that form at the edge of a roof and prevent melting snow from draining off. Not only can they cause water damage, but they can also damage gutters and shingles.
  • Roof Collapses: While rare, heavy snow accumulation coupled with an already compromised roof can lead to partial or complete roof collapses.

Given these risks, it’s prudent to address any roofing concerns before winter sets in. An early roofing estimate will provide a clear understanding of your roof’s health and the necessary steps to ensure its longevity.


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The #1 Commercial Roofing Company in Central MA

Altitude Roofing is family-owned and operated, with decades of experience and a passion for delivering honest residential roofing services. That’s how we became one of Massachusetts’s most trusted residential roofing companies, Google Verified Business with an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

We offer a 15-year limited roofing warranty (half the lifespan of a new roof) on all our jobs. Our workmanship warranty is twice as long as other major roofing companies in Worcester, MA. We proudly stand by our residential roofing work for a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

As part of this commitment, we have achieved certifications from some of the industry’s most well-known manufacturers: Carlisle, Atlas, CertaTeedGAF, Firestone, and Genflex. You can count on our team of skilled professionals for exceptional service and quality craftsmanship. Contact us today for free roofing estimates!

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