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Why is My Roof Life Bid Higher?

Posted July 7, 2017 by Jerry Becker

I get that question pretty often. A client will say, “My neighbor got his roof done for $12,000, and Roof Life is coming in at $18,000. Why is that?” Well, that depends on your roof bid!

The simplest answer is you can’t compare your house to your neighbor’s. Every house is built differently, has different environments, cuts, curves and components.

A more detailed response would be that when we sit down with you to bid your roof, we don’t just give you a blanket number. We’re going to go through a laundry list of itemized components that you pick out, and explain each one of them as we go. At the end, you get your price.

There are a lot of roofers out there that will use confusing terms to try to confuse you, but we want to break it down so that you understand.

After people sit down with us, most of the time, they get it. They’ll say, “Oh, the last guy didn’t tell me I had wet rot and didn’t even mention ventilation.”

I recently bid a client’s roof at $10,000 and he told me that the first roofing company only bid $3,500. The material cost alone is 40% of the $10,000 so the $3,500 wouldn’t even put the shingles down, let alone put them on right. Additionally, you’re getting a five-year warranty with the first bid, while ours is for the life of the roof.

The other company also didn’t address the guy’s ventilation concerns. He can’t even sleep in his upstairs bedroom during the summer because the current roof’s ventilation is so poor.
So when I actually addressed ventilation he said, “Roof Life is the one.”

When you’re looking at your bids and you’re talking to your neighbors, just remember that there are a lot of things that go into you roof. And it’s really hard to compare apples to apples, when it’s actually comparing apples to oranges. Give us a call – we’ll give you the details so that you can fully understand your roof bid.

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