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Question DetailsAsked on 9/9/2013

Should I let roofing bidders know the other bids?

Is it wise or not to let roofing bidders know the bid prices of the other bidders? Should I at least tell them if I have gotten a lower bid? Would the higher bidder possibly give me a better price if I did?

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Sounds like you prefer the higher bidder. I give the best price I can up front and rarely ever lower it unless it is brought to my attention that I made a mistake on the scope of the work. If I do not get a job more often than not I never know why though it would be nice. If there is that big a difference there must be a reason. Either the quality of materials or workmanship. The warranty on the materials can be voided by the improper installation and for an investment that should last 20 to 30 years I would not go cheap on the install. Even something as simple as how they are nailed can void the warrantee. A friend who is also a roofing salesman has told me of roofs he could not cover due to installers nailing above the Idiot Line he calls it. Many roofers do not pay attention and nail high just to pick up the speed and those shingles applied that way are prone to blowing off in high winds, this voids the warrantee.

Most times you get what you pay for.

Answered 6 years ago by ContractorDon

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