How to Get a Free Roofing Quote in Edmonton

How to Get a Free Roofing Quote in Edmonton

Hey folks, welcome to the world of roofing in Edmonton! Lyle from Brown’s Roofing here, and I’d like to guide you through the process of getting a free roofing quote in Edmonton, with all the insider tips and tricks from someone who’s been in the business for quite some time.

Roofs are like the unsung heroes of our homes, aren’t they? They keep us dry, warm, and safe from all that Mother Nature throws our way. But just like anything else, they need a little TLC from time to time. And that’s where getting a roofing quote in Edmonton comes in—it’s the first step in making sure your roof is in tip-top shape. With years of experience under my belt working on roofs right here in Edmonton, Alberta, I’m here to help you homeowners out.

Why You Need a Roofing Edmonton Quote

What’s a Roofing Quote Anyway?

A roofing quote is a detailed estimate provided by a roofing contractor, outlining the expected costs and scope of work involved in a roofing project. This written document is crucial for homeowners as it breaks down the specifics of the job, including the materials to be used, the labor required, the timeline for completion, and the total cost. It essentially serves as a roadmap for the project, ensuring transparency and clear communication between the homeowner and the contractor. The quote helps homeowners make informed decisions, comparing different contractors and understanding the value they are getting for their investment. It also protects homeowners from unexpected costs, as everything is laid out clearly from the get-go.

The Perks of a Quote

Planning and budgeting become a breeze when you have a quote in hand. It gives you a clear picture of what needs to be done, provides a clear and detailed breakdown of costs, and helps you budget effectively and avoid any surprise expenses down the line. The transparency of a well-prepared quote ensures that both parties are on the same page regarding the scope of work, materials to be used, and the expected timeline, minimizing the chances of misunderstandings and disputes. It also empowers homeowners with the knowledge and insight to ask informed questions and make decisions that are in their best interest.

Beyond the practical advantages, a roofing quote also establishes a sense of trust and professionalism between the homeowner and the contractor, laying the foundation for a positive working relationship. I’d recommend you don’t hire any contractor who doesn’t – or won’t – give you a quote, that’s a sign that they won’t stand by what they say.

How to Find Roofing Contractors in Edmonton

The Internet is Your Friend

Start with a quick online search or check out local business directories. You’ll find a bunch of us ready to help out. When you search for roofing contractors in your area online, don’t just go with the first companies you see. Do some research to ensure they’re qualified. Read Google reviews – if the company has over 40 reviews, that’s a good sign. What do the reviewers have to say, and when was the last one? If most of them don’t have great things to say, or if the last review was months or years ago, that’s also a sign to keep looking for another company.

Word of Mouth

Finding word-of-mouth referrals for a roofing company is often considered one of the most reliable methods of securing a trustworthy contractor. To start, engage with your local community by asking friends, family, and neighbors about their experiences with roofing contractors in the area. People are generally eager to share both positive and negative experiences, providing invaluable insights. Additionally, attend community events or neighborhood meetings where you can connect with locals and ask for recommendations. Social media platforms, particularly local community groups or forums, can also be a goldmine for referrals. Posting a simple inquiry about reputable roofing contractors in your area can yield numerous responses and reviews from people within your network.

What to Look for in a Roofing Contractor

The Basics: License and Insurance

Make sure any contractor you’re considering is fully licensed – roofers must obtain licenses as prepaid contractors from Service Alberta. It ensures adherence to provincial regulations and standards, safeguarding the interests of homeowners. A license demonstrates that the contractor has met the necessary qualifications and is authorized to perform roofing work, ensuring a level of professionalism and expertise.

They also must carry insurance, as it provides a safety net for both the homeowner and the workers, covering any potential injuries or damages that might occur during the roofing project. Without proper insurance, homeowners could find themselves financially responsible for any accidents or mishaps, leading to unexpected and significant out-of-pocket expenses. Additionally, a licensed and insured roofing company is more likely to provide reliable and quality services, as they have a reputation and accountability to maintain.

Warranty and Guarantees

A roofing warranty and guarantee act as a safety net for homeowners, ensuring that they receive quality workmanship and materials for their roofing project. These assurances provide homeowners with peace of mind, knowing that should any issues arise post-installation, they are protected from incurring additional costs. A warranty typically covers the roofing materials, ensuring they are free from defects, while a guarantee usually covers the workmanship for a specified period.

This means if the roof shows signs of premature wear, leaks, or other issues that stem from faulty materials or poor installation, the homeowner can hold the roofing company accountable to make the necessary repairs or replacements. Ask roofing companies you talk to if they provide warranties or guarantees, and if they don’t, you may want to keep looking elsewhere. Great companies use high quality materials and expert installation, and have no problem offering this kind of peace of mind.

How to Request a Free Roofing Quote

Give Us a Shout

Contact the contractor via phone or email and provide some details about your roof—its size, type, age, condition, and any known issues. The more descriptive you are, the more it will help them get the information they need to get you an accurate quote. They may have questions for you after they receive your inquiry, like what type of roofing material you’d like. Don’t worry if you don’t know the answer, good companies will explain it to you, so you can make the most informed choice. The sooner you can respond to their questions, the faster you’ll get your quote.

Schedule an Inspection if Needed

Sometimes, we need to take a closer look to give you an accurate quote. There’s nothing quite like looking at the actual roof, and at Brown’s Roofing, that’s what we like to do. We will assess the condition of the roof, how steep the slope is, see how large, or complex it is to help us get the most accurate quote. Homeowners may not know the answers to all these questions, and they shouldn’t be expected to climb a ladder, either. So we come over to take a look and get the full picture.

Know What’s Included

A good quote will break down the cost of materials like shingles, underlayment, flashing, and ventilation systems for example, but that’s not the only cost you should see. It should also specify labor costs, the more work, the higher the labour cost, which should be in the quote like removing the old roof, installation of new roof and additional work like repairing damage or installing new gutters as an example. This should also tell you how long the job is estimated to take. But if they run into any difficulties or unexpected events, a good roofing contractor will communicate with you.

A good example of this is when we quoted to simply remove the old shingles from a roof and install new ones. But once we got the old shingles off, we discovered that the underlayment needed replacement. This was going to add cost and time to the project. I immediately spoke to the homeowner, showed pictures, and explained the situation. We got the approval to do the additional work, so there were no surprises at the end of the job.

The quote should also include whether there are any warranties or guarantees, and applicable taxes. Look for the payment terms: some companies require a deposit, payment in full upon completion of the job, and what payment they accept. Not all companies accept the same types of payment.

Evaluating the Roofing Edmonton Quote

Ask Questions

If something doesn’t make sense, ask the contractor to clarify. We’re here to help, after all. We will happily explain all the components of the quote. If a contractor refuses, you may want to steer clear of that company, after all, what are the chances they will communicate with you when you hire them? A great company will have no problems discussing the quote – we want to make sure you’re comfortable with it before you hire us.

Compare and Contrast

Don’t be shy—get multiple quotes and compare them. Look for transparency and completeness. And it’s a good idea to get between three to five quotes. Look and compare them and ask the company to clarify if needed. A quote that’s much higher or lower than the others is an indication to ask more questions. Remember, that cheaper isn’t always better. Sometimes a low quote will be because they are using lower quality materials – and since a roof is protecting your home and family, it’s definitely not something you want to skimp on.

Pros and Cons

Weigh the pros and cons of each quote – the best option is not necessarily going to be the cheapest, or the most expensive. The contractor you choose is likely going to be somewhere in the middle. You will also want to consider the contractor’s reputation through Google reviews. And ultimately, trust your gut.


So there you have it, folks—a comprehensive guide to getting a free roofing quote in Edmonton. Remember, your roof is supposed to protect your home, so do your due diligence when hiring a roofing contractor in Edmonton, and definitely don’t wait until it’s too late. Reach out to a local Edmonton roofing contractor like Brown’s Roofing in Edmonton and get that quote. Your roof will thank you.