On May 17, 11:35 pm, " firstname.lastname@example.org"
Sure, for a rough estimate based on size/configuration, but you can't
see the details that add a hundred here, two hundred there, from outer
My final quote went up by a third once we discussed everything that I
wanted and/or needed to be done.
There's no way a decent estimate can be given without a face to face
discussion - unless you're the type that just says OK and doesn't ask
questions so that you truly understand what you are getting for your
On May 19, 2:13 pm, " email@example.com"
I'm not backpedaling at all.
I still 100% think that just calling around and getting rough
estimates based on the number of squares is a waste of time because
there are too many other factors involved.
Having just gone through the process, and having to had discussed the
details of all 5 quotes with each of the bidders, I can easily look
back and see that if I had I simply called the 5 same roofers and
asked them to bid on X squares, and then decided on which of them to
talk to in more detail based on that number, I would have chosen the
It was the face to face, Q&A (from both of us), options offered and
suggestions made that led me to choose the roofer that I did, and the
one that I am 100% happy with now that the job is done.
When I say it's 2 different ways of geting an estimate, I simply mean
that if it works for you (or Doug) then run with it. It really makes
no difference to me how you choose your contractors. For me, a rough
estimate based on number of squares is too rough for me to work with
and is therefore the wrong way to make a decision. The fact that I
think it's the wrong way for you guys to go about it also is something
you can agree with or not. That doesn't matter to me, nor does my
opinion make me wrong.
As I've said all along when I answered Doug's *question* the first
time. "No, I do not think the number of squares is a good thing know
for future reference."
I don't need that number because I'll never, ever, use that
information for anything.
This is my second. In both cases the number of squares was never part
of the discussion and never needed to be.
Should I need another roof in my lifetime, the number of squares will
not be needed in order to get the type of estimates *I* will want to
To each his own...
On Thu, 17 May 2012 19:40:00 -0700 (PDT), DerbyDad03
If they give it to me, yes for my budget.
That plus other considerations will help me decide who to call for an
Yes. For me, it allows me to budget rather than guess.
"before anyone came to the house?".... yes and no, let me explain.
We had roofers driving up and down the street looking for more work
when many roofs in the area were being replaced so I decided to speak
to one of them. In talking, I learned the # squares for my roof.
Why wouldn't they? Perhaps because the number of squares is not enough
to base a decent estimate on?
Well, it seems to me that if "many roofs" were all replaced at the
same time, then you'll have just as many roofers driving up and down
your street when all those roofs age out and you can just flag a
couple down for an on-site estimate. No need to call around trying to
get estimates based solely on the number of squares you have. :-)
In any case, going back to your original question, I still don't think
that knowing the number of squares on my roof is something I'll ever
need "for future reference". If you think you'll be using that
information in your future, then it's a good thing you know your
numbers. Make sure you write then down someplace so you don't forget
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