Tips for Hiring the Right Roofing Contractor


Whether you are planning a major home renovation that is going to require you to install a brand new roof or you need to make repairs on a roof damaged by a storm, when the time comes to undergo a major roofing project you are going to be needing a contractor.

But when it comes to hiring a roofing contractor to work on your home, not just any contractor will do. Vetting and hiring the right contractor is an important part of the hiring process. This is the person or business that you are going to be putting your trust in and making a significant financial investment into to help fix your home or help to bring the vision of what you want your home to be to life.

While you go through the process of finding the right contractor for your roofing project, there is more to it than just getting quotes from a bunch of different contractors. There should be a set of important questions you’ll want to ask and boxes you’ll want to have checked before you ultimately shake hands with your contractor of choice. 

While Lathrop Contracting stands behind our work and many years of serving Indianapolis homeowners, it is also important to us that we help you make the most informed decisions possible. After all, hiring a contractor is a big decision. While you look for the best roofing contractor for the job, keep these four things in mind.  

Make Sure They Value Communication

Maintaining proper communication with your contractor is important to the success of your roofing project. The person you choose for the job needs to value and be open to regular communication, both virtually and in person. 

The project may not take all that long to complete (depending on the weather and any unforeseen circumstances an average roofing project may only take a couple of days) but during that time you’ll want to make sure they are open to regular check-ins and maintaining communication. This isn’t just important for you to ensure the work is progressing appropriately and all your questions get answered, but this also helps ensure any questions they have for you also get answered promptly so it doesn’t become you who is holding up the project. 

Check Credentials, Certifications, and Insurance

The contractor you choose should be the best one for the job. For contractors, the best ones will be able to proudly display and tell you all about their credentials and certifications. One way you can tell by looking for different abbreviations they present on their website or information. These will be indications of their important credentials or certifications. 

One particular one to look out for is the Select Shinglemaster (SSM) certification. This is the top level CertainTeed roofing credential, and represents the highest standards of excellence, quality, and knowledge in the shingle roofing industry. Also, be sure to do the necessary homework to ensure your contractor is properly insured.

Will They Work With Your Insurance?

Particularly when it comes to a roofing repair project, your insurance company is going to play a major role in the project’s completion. They will need to sign off on your claim in order to help you pay for the project, but if you don’t have a cooperative contractor, they can seriously hold up the process.

The best roofing contractors will make an effort to make working with your home insurance company as easy as possible, by providing all the necessary information directly to your insurance provider. Their cooperation will help speed up your approval process and get the project started, and completed, as soon as possible.

Don’t Make All Decisions Based on Price

Everybody wants to find the best deal, but when it comes to hiring a roofing contractor price shouldn’t be everything. Afterall, the cheapest quote you get may be from the least qualified company you talk to! 

Now, that doesn’t mean we are saying you should always choose the most expensive contractor you can find either, that doesn’t make any sense. This is all to say that price isn’t everything, it is just one of many factors to consider. If a contractor has the right certifications, good recommendations, is honest, open, and easy to work with you shouldn’t turn them away because they don’t give you the cheapest quote. 


Why Lathrop


Our crews are open, honest, hard-working, and capable of establishing a satisfactory communication schedule with you. We are SSM certified, offering high-quality workmanship with materials from the top manufacturers. And, we are more than willing to work directly with your insurance company to help get you approved quickly.

While we understand selecting the right roofing contractor for your project is a big decision, we invite you to give us a call at (317) 783-6929 or schedule a free estimate to find out why Lathrop Contracting is Indianapolis’ premiere roofing contractor for yourself.

“They did the best job. My roof is better than it was when it was first put on. They used the best materials and really work with us throughout the whole process.”

Joshua Reckelhoff

“Lathrop repaired our chimney and gutters, fixed a significant problem on our front door and replaced our roof. I totally trust Jeff Lathrop and his people.”

Richard Davis

“A hail storm caused quite a bit of damage to the home. Lathrop Contracting replaced the roof, put new siding and gutters on.”

“They did a great job and were very good about staying on schedule. Scott Whitlock was great to communicate with throughout the process. I would highly recommend.”

Brandi Spaeth

“We needed a new roof in a short time before we put our home on the market. Lathrop got it done very timely and the staff was very friendly. Highly recommended.”

Tammy VanDeventer

“Great company to work with. Scott Whitlock was always making sure things were going smoothly. He made sure everyone stayed on schedule and a quality end product was delivered.”

Auggie Settecasi