Understand that roofing is a service, not a pre-manufactured product.
You are hiring a contractor primarily based on their ability to provide a service. You can’t compare roofing quotes like you are buying a big screen TV. Simply comparing specs, warranties and prices won’t necessarily pay off. It just isn’t that simple. Look at the whole picture to save yourself potential money, time and hassle.
Watch out for dropping prices.
If a company keeps dropping its price, beware! You want a company that is transparent and straight-forward. Every roofing company should be accountable for the original quote they present you with. If they are willing to take the job for £1,000 or more below their original price, this poses one of two unfavorable scenarios: Either the company was willing to charge you an excessive amount, or the company is desperate for work and is just trying to keep its employees busy by taking you on as a customer. Choose a company that is consistent and fair with its pricing.
We can start on Monday.
In buying a roof, you are making a 25-30 year decision. Don’t rush into a decision because a contractor you are getting quotes from can start next week. Quality roofing contractors consistently have a lead time of 4-12 weeks. If a roofing company can start next week then why don’t they have more customers? Are they pulling in a part-time crew to install your roof? Roofing is a seasonal business and the good contractors have learned to employ only full-time, year-round crews and to never bring in part-time labor. Hiring a roofing contractor is a big decision. Don’t be put off by lead time.