“Apples to Apples”
Everyone wants to “compare apples to apples” but it’s difficult to compare service-based businesses that way. Simply comparing spec sheets and prices won’t tell the whole story. Zoom out and look at the entirety of the industry and customer reputation, workmanship warranty, credit standing and transparency of each contractor. Then factor in price and spec sheet as part of the overall picture.
Watch out for dropping prices
You want a company that is transparent and straight-forward. Every roofing company should be accountable for the original bid they present to you. A roofing company worth hiring is one that is always consistent and fair with its pricing and that always puts its best price forward, right from the start.
Too many bids
If you are getting five or more bids, what it is you are looking for? Buying a new roof is a big decision and excessive bids most often leads to confusion, frustration and sometimes even regret. We recommend getting three bids from reputable, residential-only roofing companies.
Show them the door
If the pressure to buy is too high, the price is also too high. Most roofing companies that employ high-pressure sales tactics won’t follow up with you if you don’t hire them on the spot. This is because they know that when you get other bids, you will discover that their bid is unreasonably high.
Don’t fall into the “exclusive” trap
Don’t hire a roofer that overemphasizes one specific detail of the installation. Most often this tactic is used to create an illusion of exclusivity, while adding little to no real value. You should hire a roofing company on its overall value and reputation.