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What ratio of labor costs vs. material cost vs. profit does a roofing company make in an insurance claim?

Asked by marialisa (464 points ) August 8th, 2011

I am finding out that roofers charge alot for labor and the materials are on the inexpensive side.

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Judi's avatar

Roofers have really high workers comp rates. Often they are more than 100% of their labor costs. Liability insurance for roofers is also very high. You can probably triple the payroll just for insurances, then there’s taxes and social security. It’s not just $15 per hour plus materials.

woodcutter's avatar

@Judi I had to explain that to a person (who as far as I can tell by the looks of their home have never paid a contractor to fix anything). I’m pretty reasonable but this guy was flabbergasted when he was thinking along the lines of 9 or 10 bucks an hour to rehab the outside of his cape. I’m not going to be at the top of a 24’ extension ladder for cheap. He’s all straight now.

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