Industry Focus

Watch out for roof auctions

If you ever have visited online auction sites, you have seen how the sites can become obsessions for people who seek obscure objects or just enjoy the thrill of being the highest bidder.

It has come to NRCA's attention that some building owners and roof consultants have begun applying online auction tactics as a new way of awarding roofing projects. Unlike traditional auctions where an item goes to the highest bidder, these auctions award roofing projects to the lowest bidder.

Building owners and roof consultants who implement auction-like practices solicit competitive bids for roofing work and post the bids online. Roofing contractors then are given a specified time period to alter their bids in relation to what other contractors have bid. This presents a few concerns.

Basic issues

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