What a Roof Estimate Includes | Tesson Roofing’s Free Estimates & Instant Quote Tool

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What a Roof Estimate Includes | Tesson Roofing’s Free Estimates & Instant Quote Tool

A roofing estimate, often referred to as a roofing quote, encapsulates the details and scope of your roofing project, presented in written form by a professional roofing contractor.


Roofing estimates can significantly differ among contractors. Some may offer concise, one-page quotes while others might use advanced software to create comprehensive reports containing the estimate.

A standard roofing estimate typically outlines the following:

  1. Materials List:
    • Specifications of the roofing materials to be used, including brand, product line, and color for shingles, underlayment, flashing, ventilation materials (such as box vents, ridge vents, soffit vents, etc.).
  2. Cleanup/Removal:
    • Costs associated with discarding debris, renting dumpsters, or waste hauling services for construction waste.
  3. Permits:
    • Awareness and inclusion of necessary permits as per local building codes, integrated into the estimate by reputable contractors.
  4. Licensing and Insurance:
    • Proof of the contractor’s licensing, liability insurance, and workers’ compensation, ensuring credibility and authorization to conduct the work.


While comparing roofing estimates based solely on cost is tempting, it may not present the whole picture. Here are some aspects to keep in mind:

  • Ensure a fair comparison by assessing multiple estimates. A higher-priced quote might involve more comprehensive work, like a complete roof replacement, compared to a cheaper quote for a repair.
  • Transportation costs may be included based on the contractor’s location in relation to yours, especially for local businesses.
  • Complex roofing work, such as steep roofs, could incur additional expenses due to heightened safety risks.
  • Variations in roofing material choices impact costs, considering differences in material composition and aesthetics.


In today’s context, digital roofing estimates offer a safe and convenient option for necessary repairs or replacements.

Roofing contractors can provide ‘no-contact’ estimates utilizing various methods such as drones, satellite images, or aerial maps, supplemented by homeowner-provided details of the issue. Click here to try it for yourself using our instant roof quote tool!

Safety remains paramount, and if capturing roof imagery is unsafe, homeowners should request an on-site inspection.

To limit interactions, contractors can facilitate online invoice payments, reducing the need for in-person contact during and after the project. Embracing technology enables a seamless and safe roofing experience for homeowners while ensuring the timely repair or replacement of their roofs.

Are you more of a “talk to a real human” kind of person, you may prefer to call (314) 932-1042 where a professional can guide you through the whole process. Give us a call or get a free estimate here.