I’ll keep getting back to this subject until joe123 gets it, so this will be the neverending thread. Joe123, LOW BIDDERS are the problem and you don’t get it. They are low by either ignorance or by breaking the law or cutting corners. There is no other way. I WAS a low bidder when I was 21 years old, because I didn’t know any better.
At the risk of unintentionally insulting any of my fellow roofers, lets face it, people aren’t kicking down doors for roofing jobs because it just didn’t work out with their aeronautics degrees. If I had to guess off the top of my head, I would say nine out of ten applicants for a job are illegals or drug addicts. That being said, is it possible that the MAJORITY of estimates for roofing are all underbid? I don’t care if you got ten bids lower than me if seven of them are going out of business, bankrupted, and possibly going to jail. A successful, responsible roofing company will always have a successful, responsible owner at the helm. I’ve yet to see a warrantee hold up through a bankruptcy.
If you think I’m angry you’re right. I’m sick of people like you living in million dollar homes trying to make me justify why I need to make a living too. It is disrespectful. Do some math with me. Easy simple math. How much is $60 an hour times 40 hours? $2400 a week. And their are roughly 4 weeks in a month, agreed? Well, since you’re an old man, I’m sure you remember a time when a bank wouldn’t give you a mortgage loan if you didnt gross 4 times as much as your monthly mortgage payment. My mortgage payment on a $280,000 home is just that, and thats a rather average home in Boston. Yet I’m sure if I gave you an itemized bill that says $60 an hour you’d flip. Guess what, that is you JUDGING a roofer merely because he’s a roofer, and hoping that you could exploit him. Just like people exploit illegals. In essence, I can spot a customer like you each and every time and I give them my itemized proposal and walk away without a thought to it. Like I said, you get what you pay for. In your case, you get a desperate broke fool with no self-respect and nothing to lose.
Your so-called “high bidder” is a myth. If his prices are that unreasonably high, he will not work at all. It is called capitalism. Capitalism is why Dennis can put a flat-lock copper roof on a carport. Supply and demand. Chances are, your so-called high bidder knows he has a proven track record while the whole industry is in the crapper because of low bidders.