Estimate Services

Estimate for a house that was flooded by a local lake

Why Choose Us For Your Construction Estimating Needs?

Cook Roofing Company has people who bring multiple areas of experience to our estimate services.

Background

  1. Construction. Over the past 30+ years, we’ve built just about every type of building you can think of. These include both single family homes and multi-family residential complexes, industrial buildings, agricultural structures, high rises, office buildings, and warehouses. We have a tradition of building quality going back to 1913.
  2. Insurance Claims Adjusting. We’ve worked as both independent insurance claims adjusters, and public insurance adjusters licensed in multiple states. The work has included hurricanes, hail damage, wind damage including tornadoes, fire damage, and flooding. 
  3. Inspections. In the course of roofing hundreds of buildings and homes, every one of these has required inspections and an estimate. We’ve written estimates for just about everything we’ve inspected, so that amounts to tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars in estimates. 
house damaged in Hurricane Florence with water damage during demolition and exposed stud wall framing and subfloor
open stud walls being dried for water damage restoration
Open framing being dried. The walls will get treated still before drywall is replaced. Part of a $12 million apartment complex restoration estimate after Hurricane Florence
estimate for a house that was damaged by a fire in the building next door
We did an estimate for a house that was damaged by a fire in the building next door

A good estimate requires thorough knowledge of construction materials, methods, and building codes. It relies on a thorough inspection and the ability not only to see the faintest indications of damage, but also understand the implications of those signs. A spot on a ceiling or wall, a bent piece of metal at a roof junction, or cracked drywall next to a window, are good examples. Many insurance adjusters would just offer a little cover-up paint, a piece of new flashing, or a drywall repair minimum. And they would be almost certainly missing the real problem.

 

Examples

For example, that spot might be where the drywall is touching the framing behind it. That framing might be saturated from a roof leak, from roof flashing that got blown loose in a wind storm. There could be mildew from that leak, soaked insulation, roof decking that is starting to rot… a little paint and spot sealer, and a new piece of flashing, is not going to fix the hidden problems.

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Another example is a window with drywall cracks around it. If that building was subjected to 80 mph wind gusts – common in severe thunderstorms – that window may have been blown loose and broken. A little drywall patch isn’t going to fix that. But we’ve seen estimates that just have that. What about resetting and resealing the window? What about blending the texture into the whole wall, or perhaps having to skim the wall with drywall compound to make it smooth and seamless like it was before the storm? 

window with cracked drywall from wind

Another example is a window with drywall cracks around it. If that building was subjected to 80 mph wind gusts – common in severe thunderstorms – that window may have been blown loose and broken. A little drywall patch isn’t going to fix that. But we’ve seen estimates that just have that. What about resetting and resealing the window? What about blending the texture into the whole wall, or perhaps having to skim the wall with drywall compound to make it smooth and seamless like it was before the storm? 

Accurate and Thorough Estimating

It’s important to estimate all the restoration or construction costs as accurately as possible. We hear people say that a roofing contractor gave them a price of x number of dollars per square on their roof, or that insurance sent them a check for a few hundred dollars for repairs we know will cost many thousands – to do it right, that is. And you don’t get to be the best local roofing company by cutting corners and skipping legitimate items the insurance company left out. So, solid knowledge of construction, damage, estimation methods, and estimating tools are essential, combined with experience. These are the things you get with Cook Roofing Company gives you an estimate, or writes one for you.

Contact Us

Whether you’re a contractor, lawyer, or adjuster needing an estimate written for your job, a home or business owner needing work done, or you want to check whether your contractor or adjuster has given you a good estimate, contact us. Every good estimate starts with a thorough inspection, which we can perform for you also. If you are considering us to do your work, our inspection/evaluation services and estimate is complimentary. If you want estimating work for a third party, we offer competitive rates. We’re not the cheapest, but we are the most thorough you’ll find. Contact us today on the form to the right, or by calling us at 417-334-4238.