I have been working as a commercial roofing contractor for the past 18 years.
I know exactly what it takes to put a roof together from the smallest parts all the way to the blueprints on the table. I am one of the fastest people in the company to provide estimates, so I am often the person that is sent to commercial businesses. I can look at a roof and easily determine what needs to be done to fix the problems. I have probably looked at 10,000 different roofing problems during my career. I went to speak with a commercial roofing repair customer who wanted me to give them an estimate on some repairs at their used car dealership. I wrote down all of the information for that estimate on a piece of paper and I gave a copy of the information to the person in charge at the used car dealership and I kept a copy for myself. A couple of days later, I got a call from the owner of the used car dealership. The guy was furious because he thought that my estimate for the commercial roofing repairs was too expensive. He tried to get me to do the repairs for thousands of dollars less than I quoted, and there was no way that I could come down on the price. He even tried to tell me that someone else was going to do the job for less. I knew that we were going to spend at least a week on the commercial roofing repairs and the labor and materials aren’t cheap. I had to be firm in the estimate that I provided even if the business owner chose a different company.