Understanding your Ft Collins roofing esitmate

So the time has come. You need a new roof. You have reached out to several Fort Collins roofing companies and received many estimates. Before choosing which company you will work with you must first make sure you have a thorough understanding of the estimates you have been giving.  In this post, we will break down some of the most common terms found in roofing estimates.


This term is commonly found in most roof replacement estimates and many people think warranties are pretty standard.  But very few people actually take the time to read the fine print of the warranties offered by the roofing company and the manufacturers of the roofing materials.

A manufacturer’s coverage will typically cover the cost of replacing the materials, not the labor to do so. They also do not cover replacing the entire roof, just repairing or replacing the defective areas.

A workmanship guarantee is offered by the contractor and covers all defects related to installation work only.

So be sure to get a clear understanding of what is covered under the warranties offered in the estimate, and ask the Fort Collins roofing company for clarification before moving forward.


In every estimate will list the manufacturer and type of shingles or roofing materials the contractor intends to use during the replacement. The estimate will also indicate the style and color of the shingles you are looking to install. Be sure this matches what you want.

Soffit & Fascia

Often replacing soffit and fascia will be recommended. Both of these play a large part in protecting the structure of the home.


Got a chimney, dormer or walls?  If so, your Fort Collins roofing estimate will contain flashing on ut.  What is flashing? Flashing is what prevents water from seeping behind and under shingles. Without it, there can be significant water damage. Usually a thin sheet of aluminum or galvanized steel, flashing is installed over joints in the roof and wall construction.

Plywood & Sheathing

Plywood and sheathing make up the decking of a roof, which is what makes the solid structure of the rooftop. During repairs or roof replacement, a roofing contractor may indicate that this should also be replaced.  A roofing contractor may indicate this expense in different ways. If they see obvious damage they will note that in the estimate and the type of material that will be used. However, sometimes this damage is hidden until the replacement project has begun. Some contractors will also include the additional costs that may be incurred if a problem is found


Ice & Water Shield

One of the main purposes of a roof is to protect the home, and the people inside, from the elements. Unless you live on the moon, exposure to ice and water should be a major concern.  Ice and water protection should be top of mind for every residential roofing project and will likely appear on the estimate. Ice and water barriers strongly adhere to the plywood deck to provide a second line of defense to the underlayment

Pipes & Fans

Pipes and fans on the roof should be addressed in the estimate. These are vents that allow air to escape the home from the attic, bathroom, or other household needs. A contractor will indicate how they will treat these during the project. Will they keep the same ones, replace with new pipes or recommend a different type of ventilation or fan.







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