Interviewing Your Prospective Roofing Contractor: Three Questions You Need To Ask

When you are hiring a contractor, you are hiring someone to work for you, and even though the relationship is different than the one that you would have with an employee, you can still use the interview process to find the best contractor for your needs.  Every contractor will approach your project in a different way, and it is up to you to find the contractor who will do the job that you want in the way that you want, and work as a partner with you to get the work done.  When you are searching for a contractor there are three questions that you really need to ask before you make the commitment to hire that person.

What are your references?

Just like an employee, contractors should be able to provide references, and those references need to be from recently completed jobs in the area.  Not every person who has had work done by the contractor will want to be contacted by a stranger, but some of them will be willing to be used as a reference.  At the very least you need to be able to see a portfolio of work that has already been done, or ask to see some projects that are currently in progress.  This will let you see what the contractor can do, and understand how they approach all of the different elements of the project.

What is your insurance situation?

Insurance is expensive, but it is very necessary for the construction business.  You want a company that has insurance just in case something happens and they either cannot finish the work or they damage your property.  A contractor who spends the money for insurance is someone who respects you and your property and will take care to do a good job for you.  The fly-by-night contractors who crop up after a storm will not have insurance and they might leave you high and dry if something bad happens.

What is it going to cost?

Finally, you need to know how much the whole roofing process will cost.  This is where you should talk about the materials that you want to use in the project, and how long it will take the roofer to get the project done.  Understand that different materials will vary widely in cost, and it may take a couple of days to get the job done right.  This is not a time to go with the cheapest company because they are the cheapest; you need a more compelling reason than price because of the importance of the roof in protecting the home from damage.

There are a number of questions that you need to ask your contractor before you hire them, but if you keep these three questions in mind, then you will be well on your way to getting a good quality contractor.  The most important thing to remember is to trust your gut.  If you do not feel like you can trust the contractor because they were late the appointment or they did not look professional, then do not waste the time and money with that contractor.  A good contractor is someone you can talk to and one who will listen.  Take your time, and the good contractors will reveal themselves.

I am Rodney Jones, and I recently had my roof replaced.  I knew there were problems with the roofing Lebanon PA were having at the time, especially with algae, so I took my time looking for the right contractor.  I interviewed about six contractors before I settled on the team at Zimmerman’s Construction (  They had stellar references, an excellent work ethic and competitive prices for what I wanted done.  I highly recommend their services to anyone who needs roof work.