I’ve met with a few contractors, both big company and independents, to get quotes on installing a new roof on my two story 2000 sq ft house. Currently there are two layers of asphalt shingles on the roof that need to be removed. The roof is very low pitch, and I have only 2 chimneys and one exhaust pipe. It’s a pretty straight forward install, but I asked for two quotes from each contractor: one with all asphalt shingles and one with asphalt shingles on the top roof and a metal roof on the bottom. The lower and upper roofs are approximately the same size.
All quotes for the all asphalt option are comparable in the $8,000-9000 range. One quote for the metal lower roof and asphalt upper roof came back as almost $20,000, which is pretty much what I expected. However, another contractor gave me a quote of $12,000, which is far below what I expected to pay. He’s a local independent contractor who has good reviews online (home advisor) and several local references. I haven’t seen any negative reviews. But I am very skeptical that his quote is so far below other contractors and what I know a metal roof should cost. He said he most likely cannot start my job for 2 months because he is so busy, which also concerns me a bit since other contractors said 1 month at most. Have you ever seen a bid discrepancy by this much? Should I walk away from this bid?