Commercial Roofing Bids: The (Essential) Guide for 2022

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The commercial roofing bid process is crucial for both the consumer and the contractor. As a contractor, you want to submit a competitive bid that will entice the customer while setting you up for some solid earnings. 

As a business owner (consumer), you will want to save as much money as possible while at the same time choosing a reliable and experienced commercial roofing contractor

It’s a push/pull situation, and it could be a daunting process if you don’t have much experience handling bids. Roofer’s Guild outlines the bidding process for both contractors and consumers in the following post. 

This post focuses specifically on commercial roofing bids, as commercial roofing jobs tend to be larger in scope and more complex.

Bids and Estimates

Contractors and consumers determine the difference between a bid and an estimate. Here is a little breakdown of each:

  • Estimates: Estimates are ballpark figures considering general expenses like materials, labor, and approximate roof area. Estimates are subject to change and are not as precise as bids. 
  • Bids: Bids are much more exact figures that take every aspect of the job carefully into account. Different commercial roofing companies will submit bids in competition with one another.

Basically, a bid guarantees an agreement on costs and timeline. Bids are more precise because consumers can compare them and get a pricing idea. Once both parties agree, you can more or less guarantee the price.

What is Included in Commercial Roofing Bids?

Whether you are a business owner or a commercial roofing contractor, you should know what is included in commercial roofing bids. For instance, you never want to leave anything out of a bid as a contractor. 

If you do, a consumer will likely move on to the next bid with all the correct information without giving your bid a second thought.

As a consumer, you want an accurate idea of the project, what supplies will be needed, how long the job will take, and exactly how much everything will cost. 

Take a look at the following breakdown of the essential information included in commercial roofing bids:

Project Details

A detailed work summary should be part of any commercial roofing bid. The project details will allow the consumer to ensure that the contractor understands what the consumer asks. 

If the contractor has made any suggestions and agreed upon them with the consumer, the project details portion of the bid will reflect those suggestions. 

The project summary will also include a timeline, project phases, insurance information, and payment terms.

Project Price

As a contractor, your pricing must be as detailed as possible. This will help instill a sense of trust with your customer. As a consumer, you need to be sure that you understand what the project is costing you, down to the last bit of materials and supplies. 

A reasonable commercial roofing bid will include an itemized list of the costs for all materials and supplies needed for the project. This should include roofing materials, labor costs, and any logistical provisions required to complete the project. 

Don’t hesitate to ask if you have questions about the pricing as a customer. If you expect deviations in pricing as a contractor once the project is underway, clearly indicate them in the bid and discuss them with your customer. 

Transparency in pricing is vital for both the consumer and the contractor.

Insurance Policies

You never want an underinsured roofing contractor working on your property. Roofing is one of the most hazardous trades, and you never know when an accident can happen. 

As a consumer, you never want to be liable for an accident caused by a roofing contractor. However, as a contractor, you want to ensure that all of your insurance policies are up to date and include documentation in any commercial roofing bids you submit. 

Basically, you never want to make the customer ask to see your insurance documentation – it should be plainly laid out in the commercial roofing bid.  

If you are the customer, ensure the contractor has comprehensive liability insurance. The price of your particular commercial roofing job must be covered under the liability insurance policy. 

Tips for Commercial Roofing Contractors

If you are a commercial roofing contractor, there are certain things you can do to gain the edge, so to speak, when submitting commercial roofing bids. 

We discussed all the essentials in the previous section, but now it’s time to discuss some tips to help you earn more bids and stand out among the competition. 

Get More Reviews

People trust online reviews as much as word-of-mouth referrals in the digital era. So your prospective customers are indeed looking at online customer reviews of your roofing company when comparing bids. 

It’s a good idea to get as many online reviews as possible. Ask satisfied customers to leave a review for your company. Also, find your Google reviews link and send it to your customers through email.

Aside from Google, it’s critical to be present on crucial review sites like Houzz and Angie’s List. Remember that consumers read between one and ten reviews before making a purchasing decision.

Submit Bids Locally

It’s beneficial to submit bids for jobs nearby. First, when people need commercial roofing work, they typically need it done as soon as possible. As a result, you can serve these customers faster and more efficiently. 

Secondly, it will save you money on transportation and logistics. Finally, the odds of you winning a local bid are typically higher, so it’s more time and effort efficient to focus on jobs in your area, if possible. 

Include Warranties

Include warranty information on parts and labor in your commercial roofing bids. This will make your bid look much more attractive to prospective customers. 

Also, if your company offers special guarantees, be sure to include them in any eligible job bids.

A little bonus tip for the commercial roofing contractors out there: get in touch with us here at Roofer’s Guild. We have tons of helpful resources to improve your roofing company’s operations in 2022.