Copper has become one of the most popular metals for roofing even though it is one of the most expensive ones. Copper has been used in buildings for hundreds of years and is known for its durability. It develops a patina as it oxidizes that helps protect it from the weather as it ages.
When it comes to purchasing copper roofing supplies homeowners and renovators should do their homework to get the best price. Installation of a new roof requires professional help. Most people ask the installer to order the materials for the roof, but negotiation can drive down the cost of the job.
However, if you have a small budget you can order the materials directly from a wholesaler and simply hire the contractor to perform the work. If you are looking to save even more money, some companies offer copper roofing panel “seconds.” Usually these roofing products do not come with a warranty. (Industry standards usually include a 50 year warranty.)
Before you negotiate price with the contractor, talk with an architect to make sure that a copper rooftop best fits your needs. A landscape architect can also assess the aesthetics of your future roof and give you advice on color and design.
You can also search the Internet to see examples of different types of copper rooftops. Go to an Internet search engine such as Google or Yahoo and type in “copper roofing.” You will see pages of links to wholesalers that provide pictures of different designs and colors in their portfolio.
Once you’ve done your preliminary research it’s time to start working to get the best bid from a contractor. Remember, when you do retail shopping you can look for the best price at a store. With a contractor you have to enter into negotiations to save money. Negotiations require more work, but the payoff will be correspondingly larger.
You should call it least five companies to get bids. Drive around the neighborhood and jot down the names of contractors doing work in your area. They will have signs up with their phone numbers at their work sites. Also, ask friends and family for recommendations. Each contractor will send a representative to your house to look at what needs to be done. The contractor will assess the cost of labor, materials, and scrap hauling if old materials need to be taken to the dump.
All contractors will mark up the cost of the materials to generate a profit. However, by comparing prices of different companies you will have a better understanding if the markup is reasonable or not.
After you get a few offers you can take the lowest bid to the company you want to work with most and ask them if they are willing to meet the price. If they cannot and you really want to work with them, ask if they can meet you halfway. Be sure to take the competing bid to your favorite vendor in writing so they know to take you seriously.