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Lower costs, Higher Profits but lower compensation?

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Something has been bugging me in which I would like to share.

I currently have 3 offices in KY,TN, and KS. We also work in Colorado.
I offered other contractors myself, my 35 laborers, tools and salespersons to come and work for him as they were looking for roofers. My price was pretty reasonable all I was called is an F*ing prick middle man blah blah.

So anyways this is in Wyoming where insurance is paying an amount that honestly is crazy high but he still wants to pay $40 sq remind you that I wasnt just going to roof, I basically just run his business like i do mine.
Ok so how many of you on here pay $40 a square? Next is how many of you pay your roofers $40/sq and get paid $350-400 a sq. for the job?

My thing is these contractors are by no means paying right. When working with ice code, 30 yr shingles only codes, etc like in the mountains or even in hurricane zones where they pay the $250 base plus must have metal rakes, ice/water 30#, etc where a sq. on a 4/12 pitch with valley is paying $350 bottom ......would you still only pay your workers $40/sq. thats kind of greedy.

For them to call me a middle man...hmm well lets see since he was looking for roofers then that makes him a middle man between the actual roofing laborers and the homeowner right?

I have a lot of work right now but just kind of wanted to add another 25 men to the colorado area, with all my tools, licenses, also selling I would say that is very well worth $70/sq and the contractor does nothing except tell me the job and he has no worries. At $380/sq wow thats crazy greedy and yes I do know the prices of materials, btw they are higher in ky and tn right now for anything.
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Well I have began to, actually these aren't really GC's they are just roofing biz owners looking for roofers. I was just astounded at all the roofing companies wanting roofers but dont pay worth a damn. I mean my guys make more here in KY, TN, and KS through me than the ones do in CO or OK, and some KS where insurance is paying way more for the jobs. I mean seriously do you all just run a slave drive in these other states/cities where u are payed on average $350 a square? Im here to say if you are only paying $40-60 sq, then you are and guarantee your quality would go up if you paid right. As said before with the economy mr. low bid is still making plenty but paying nothing, these are the things I am facing now.
Firstly, high pay has absolutely NOTHING to do with getting a quality job. Obversely, qualtiy minded craftsmen DO require higher pay than your average shingler.

I woul shingle for someone for $40 a square for a walk on as long as I was an employee of the company. Would not touch it under 90 as a subcontractor.
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