You guys may be "stereo typing", so it seems. I've been in he roofing business for 15 years, in manufacfuring, distribution and now contracting. The cost to pull a local building permit, The cost of gas to measure the roof, the time in Los Angeles, traffic, tear off if necessary, clean up nails, fascia, disposal of roofing debris, man power to tear off, unforeseen dry rot (wood) repair seems to be a norm along the coast line of California and then rooft top loading 80-90 lb shingle bundles, is the majority of the entire project. Typcially after that, the sheathing goes down (50-100 sheets per a e home), your base flashings, and then the shingles. im sorry but I totally disagree with the prior answers. Roofing Contrsctors are a specialty C39 license in the state of CA. You must carry a license, insurance and workmans comp. if you believe roofing contractors are a bank and bunch of scammers, your incorrect. Why should roofers carry owners, leaving them dependant upon paying for all I listed above, your insane. Persoanlly, my experience stems in the business secfor of the industry, first, and then contracting. If we (contractors) were in busienss to work with zero down, no operating costs, etc, no project would be complete in a timely manner and no roofer would be profitable.
it takes my crews 2-3 days per roof complete efficiently and we are more competitive than anyone licensed in Orange County, across the board. Once the shingles or materials land, your already 75% done with the complete project. Has anyone ever run a profitable busienss? Ever heard if the term operating costs? Cash flow? The owner is going to pay for the roof anyways of they'll end up with a "Mechancis lien" on their property and be without a house faster than they can sneeze. My point is this. You hire someone to do something, you know nothing about and want to hang em out until the end, which makes zero sense. I suggest you hire someone you can trust, someone that's been in the busienss and knows the proper ways to protect your home, your shelter, maybe even your income investment. I'd pay them 4 times or 50% up front 25% more upon delivery of shingles ane two daye later later the final quarter. If everything goes on schedule without one day past schedule, we are lucky to make 500-800 dollars profit. all it takes is an owner that's extremely picky who doesnt know hinge anything about rodong, the process, or costs of labor and Materials, think again. I take one job, a small budget and work with owners that pay. You'd be amazed how many times we come across owners that simply don't want to pay. You hired us, now please honor your commitment and allow us to compete your project effectively and efficiestly. Thanks😃
Source: Just a man trying to earn a living.