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Question DetailsAsked on 4/19/2012

What kind of detailed info should be on a roofing companies bid for the customer to replace a roof?

I have noticed on bids received they list the total amount it will cost but do not show price of materials or labor. Is this common or should you ask for this. Also the bids are very general like a form letter and they filled in the blanks. Is this standard?

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Ok I'll be brutally honest here. When you buy from me, you are buying a whole project. You are not buying the labor, you are not buying the materials. You are buying the whole project. I take a little offense when someone asks me to break them apart seperately. In 99% of the cases, the customer is going to buy cheap and that's not what I am offering... and why is it important to see anyways? Labor and Materials are only two parts to the formula. There are disposal, over head, insurance, and PROFIT. What difference will it make? Why do you need to see the pricing formula? The end result is the same.

The information you should see is IF labor AND materials are included? What type of protection is to be offered? How about a tear off? What kind of ice shield is being used? How much ice shield is being used? In what areas is the ice shield being used? What kind of under layment is being used? What kind fo shingles are being used? What is being done to address the ventilation? What is being done to address the flashings? What is being done with the garbage, what kind of dumpster is being used? What kind of clean up? What value added services and or upgrades? Who is to get the permit? What kind of down payment is required? Are there any progress payments? When is the final payment required? What is the manufacturer material warranty? What is the wind warranty? What kind of guarantee is the roofer offering on workmanship?

This is the important information that you should be looking for in your roofing proposals. This is assuming it is a shingle roof. If it is some other kind of roof, like a flat, roof, the details would change and I would be happy to elaborate on those details.

If you buy cheap, you will get cheap. You will do it twice, and you will have to pay twice. I only mention this because as I previously said, normally when someone wants a price break down they almost always are looking for information to haggle with. I can do a cheap roof and I can do a good roof but the two are mutually exclusive, I can't do both at the same time. When you buy a car, do you ask them how much the labor cost and how much the parts cost? You are buying a car, you are buying a completed item, the item costs $x. How the maker arrived at that price is really and truly meaningless.

Is the car within your budget? Does it do what you want it to do? Will it fulfill all your needs? Do you TRUST the seller? If you answered No to any of these questions, don't buy the car (roof)... But if the roof is within your budget and the roof will do what you want it to do, and if you trust the roofer, then you should buy the roof... .and for what it is worth, you should expect to pay a little bit more for a professional roofing contractor than a guy working out of his truck and cell phone.


Answered 8 years ago by ReliableAmericanRoof

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