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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

Is it worth it to hire a roofer?

There are several reasons why it’s worth it to hire a professional roofer instead of attempting it yourself. The first is safety. Roofing is inherently dangerous, as a fall from a roof could seriously injure or kill you. Roofers have specialized equipment and training to help prevent accidents.  

Next is experience. Roofers know how to spot problems (leaks, missing shingles, moss or mold growth, etc.)  in your roof that could potentially save you from costly repairs down the road. 

And finally, roofers save you time by getting the job done quickly and with a high degree of quality.

How do you know when you need a new roof?

Some of the signs that indicate you need a new roof include cupping, warping and peeling asphalt shingles, as well as cracks on certain shingles. Other warning signs may include:

  • Leakage
  • Exposed nails 
  • Missing granules
  • Droopy, sagging roof
  • Moss, mold or fungi growth 

A metal roof may need to be replaced when it grows rusty and begins leaking. Tile roofs made of clay, slate or concrete need repairs when cracked. Cleaning and inspecting the roof regularly can help prevent major damage from occurring. 

Contact the best roofers near you to inspect, repair or replace your roof.

Do you tip roofers?

It’s not customary or required to tip roofers. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t tip, but it is generally not expected. If you do decide to tip, you can give the tip to the foreman or distribute it yourself. 

Another idea to show your appreciation is to surprise the crew with coffee, water, snacks, breakfast or lunch when they arrive at the worksite. 

How do I choose the best roofing contractor?

Choosing a roofer starts by reading reviews online. Compare customer ratings of roofing contractors and companies to identify pros with a good track record of craftsmanship and customer relations. Some reviews may also have photos of completed roofing jobs.

Many states require a license for someone to do roofing work, so make sure the companies you’re considered are licensed. Also, look for contractors and companies with several years of experience. 

Before you make your final choice, contact several roofers near you to get free estimates and quotes. Ultimately, choose the roofer that will do high-quality work for a reasonable price. 

Does homeowners insurance cover roof replacement?

Homeowners insurance generally covers roof replacement if the roof is damaged by a natural disaster or a sudden accident, according to Investopedia. However, insurance companies often won’t cover roof replacement costs if the roof is older than 20 years. Read your insurance policy to find out what types of roof repairs or damages are covered.

What is the best roofing material?

The best roofing material for your home will depend on your budget and what you’re looking for. If you want a roof that has longevity, consider the following lifespans for different materials: 

Roofing material Lifespan
Asphalt 20 years
Metal 40-80 years
Copper 70 years
Clay/Concrete 100+ years
Slate 60-250 years
Simulated Slate 10-35 years

Source: InterNACHI

There are a variety of roofing materials available and appropriate for residential applications. When choosing roofing materials, it's essential to consider the look you want, your budget and the climate in your area. 

Asphalt shingles are one of the most popular types of roofing materials because they are affordable and relatively easy to install. They come in various colors and styles designed to last decades if properly maintained. Asphalt shingle roofs also have a higher fire resistance than other roofing materials (like wood shakes), making them an ideal choice for homes in areas prone to wildfires or other natural disasters. 

Metal roofs are becoming increasingly popular because they offer superior durability, fire-resistance and energy efficiency compared to traditional asphalt shingle roofs. They are available in various colors and styles, making them a good option if you want more customization options. Metal roofs also require less maintenance than other types of roofing materials. 

Tile roofs are an excellent option for homeowners looking for long-term durability and multiple style options. Tile roofs can have great longevity with proper maintenance, making them an ideal choice for those who don’t want to replace their roof too often. Tile roofs typically cost more than asphalt shingle or metal roofs, so if budget is an issue, this might not be the best option for you. Keep in mind that tile roofs are often made out of clay or concrete — both of which are durable.

Slate roofs are known for lasting a lifetime, which means you probably won't have to replace this type of roof. Slate is durable, a curb-appeal booster and a favorite among homeowners. Just keep in mind it can get a bit pricey.

No matter which type of material you choose, make sure that you hire a top-rated professional who knows how to properly install your home's new roof. Search Thumbtack for roofing contractors and companies in your area today.

Related: Buying guide: How to choose the best roof shingles.

How long does a roof last?

A roof’s lifespan depends on two major factors: the material and how well the roof was installed. Assuming that the roof is installed properly, here’s how long different roofing materials should last:

  • Asphalt shingle roof: 20 years
  • Metal roof: 50 years
  • Slate roof: 100+ years (lifetime)
  • Clay roof: Lifetime
  • Concrete roof: Lifetime
  • Copper roof: Lifetime

Contact the best roofers near you to get free estimates and start planning your roofing project today.

What happens during a roofing inspection?

Roof inspectors are trained to look for signs of a failing roofing system that could lead to damage — especially water and structural damage. Your home's roofing materials may look great from the ground, but it's difficult to see potential damage unless you take a closer look. A roof inspector can do just that.

During an inspection, the professional will typically look for issues that may have occurred during installation and manufacturing. They’ll also keep an eye out for damage caused by normal wear and tear, as well as extreme weather events. They might also access your attic to see if there are signs of a leak in your roof.

Here’s a short list of common things a contractor will look out for during a roof inspection: 

  • Damage caused by hail, wind, snow and rain
  • Missing, broken, buckling, curling or cracked shingles 
  • Roof decay, rot, moss, mildew and mold
  • Rust around the flashing
  • Damaged chimneys and vents
  • Holes, gaps and punctures that could cause a roof leak
  • Water stains and ventilation issues

Hiring a roofing inspector prevents you from having to do the dangerous work of climbing onto your roof. Plus, inspectors know how to assess potential damage and determine the best way to repair your roof and prevent the need for more expensive repairs in the future. Start searching for a roof inspector on Thumbtack today.

When should I get my roof inspected?

Experts typically recommend that you have your roof professionally inspected at least once a year. But you also may want a licensed professional to inspect your roof during these circumstances: 

  • You're buying or selling a home
  • You're filing an insurance claim
  • Before or after a contractor does major work on your roof

Search the Thumbtack site for experienced roof inspectors near you. You can contact them directly to set up a time to conduct the inspection, and learn more about their pricing structure and services.

How much does it cost for a metal roof?

Metal roofing installation is an attractive option thanks to metal’s long lifespan, hardiness and fire-retardant properties. Nationally, the average cost for metal roofing installation ranges from $6,000 to $20,000.There are different types of metal roofs, each with their own installation needs and materials costs. Roof size also affects your metal roofing installation costs, as do regional labor rates. Roof size is measured in squares; one square equals 100 square feet. Here are some examples of the average cost for a metal roof:

  • Standard metal roof: $120-$150 per square to start, including materials and labor
    • A 30-square roof (a 3,000-square-foot roof) could cost between $3,600 and $4,500 for a typical three-bedroom home.
  • Snap-Loc metal roof: $200-$225 per square to start, including materials and labor.
    • A 30-square roof could cost $6,000-$6,750.
  • Standing seam metal roof: $300 per square to start, including materials and labor.
    • A 30-square roof could cost $9,000 or more.
  • Tuff-Rib metal roof: $250-$350 per square to start, including materials and labor.
    • A 30-square roof could cost $7,500-$10,500.
  • Mid-range metal roof package, including all accessories: $300-$500 per square.
    • A 30-square roof could cost $9,000-$15,000.
  • High-end metal roof package — such as zinc or copper — and all accessories: $1,000-$1,500 per square.
    • A 30-square roof could cost $30,000-$45,000.
Reviews for Carlsbad roofing professionals
Thumbtack Customer
No Limit Roofing responded next day to both my request for a bid and scheduled service when I contacted them. Wow. They did a nice job on our flat roof.
No Limit RoofingNo Limit Roofing
David H.
Matt and the crew did an outstanding job on our roof repairs and gutter cleaning. They were responsive, timely, and extremely professional. This was a great experience and I would highly recommend them for your roof repair needs!
Mat M.
Matt and his family team were fantastic. I highly recommend hiring him for a project. Especially just to check your roof. We had a lot of things going on that we didn’t know and he helped us get all that fixed. Roof is good to go! Thanks again.
Jerry H.
Alex came over to our house to check out a potential roof leak. It’s rainy season and our house was recently remodeled. We have electrical and thermal solar on our roof. Water was coming in through the ceiling upstairs. I’m glad I contacted Zerotram. He came out the next day and was tremendously helpful. He didn’t stop until he found the leak. He was amazing! We would definitely recommend Alex for your roofing needs. Wonderful to work with.
Zenitram RoofingZenitram Roofing
Mark R.
The crew did a great job on the roof, cleaned up after their work each day. Very pleased with the work done.
The Roof MastersThe Roof Masters
Charlott I.
George did more than great job on our roof. I would highly recommend him and will def use him again for my next project.
McLeod Roof RepairsMcLeod Roof Repairs
Navdeep J.
I would highly recommend this roofer for emergency roof tarping services. Their professionalism, expertise, and prompt response time made the entire experience much less stressful for me.
Frontline Roofing, Inc.Frontline Roofing, Inc.
Laura c.
Rosendo did a great job repairing our roof. He responded quickly to my request for service and continued to follow up until the job was complete. I would definitely recommend him.
Rosendo ramosRosendo ramos
Patrick J.
Rosendo roofed my ADU. He worked very hard and efficiently. Pricing was very reasonable compared to others. He did what he said he would do which is more than I can say for some tradesman.
Rosendo ramosRosendo ramos
Chelsea H.
Dale is a friendly, honest, and experienced professional. Other roofing companies were quoting me thousands of dollars to open up a couple closed valleys on my roof. Dale took the time to explain exactly what that process entails and how it is not at all necessary for my specific situation. Instead of trying to up-charge me for more money, he gave genuine advice based on his expertise. Thanks Dale! And shout out to Jonathan for the work he did on my slipped tiles, gutter cleaning, and splash guard. Very nice guy who worked hard past sunset. Thank you!
Fix Right Roof RepairFix Right Roof Repair
Seth C.
Erik was very professional, responsive, and prompt. We discussed different aspects of the job and he was very straightforward. My roof repair was just completed, so hopefully the work will stand the test of time. But in the short run, Erik provided excellent customer service at a fair price.
Advanced RoofLeak Solutions Inc.Advanced RoofLeak Solutions Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Below is the complete conversation between Erik Havens of Advanced RoofLeak Solutions Inc. and myself on Friday 10/2/15... Erik Havens Good Morning Dennis, My name is Erik Havens with Advanced RoofLeak Solutions. A full service Professional Roofing Contractor in San Diego. We offer competitive pricing as well as Free Estimates. Each Project Before and After photos are Provided. I would appreciate the opportunity to provide you with a Proposal for the roofing work you inquired about. Will beat any written estimate! Get your roofing work done right first time! 24/7 Service Thank You and Hope to hear from you soon. Have a great day! (619) 799-9342 3 days ago Dennis A. Alright, when would you like to come by for a look see and estimate? I live in Carlsbad near the Agua Hedionda Lagoon 3 days ago Erik Havens I will need actual address to help scheduling sir? Thank You Erik Havens 3 days ago Dennis A. 17** Calavo Ct Carlsbad 92008 This is the last I heard from Mr. Eric Havens. For what ever reason I don't think he cared for my initial answer back stating I lived in Carlsbad and asking when he could come by for an estimate. When I didn't disclose my address in the reply, I got a rather snippy response saying " I will need actual address to help scheduling sir"? . Even though his response seemed a bit odd to me at the time, I sent my address anyway thinking maybe I'm reading too much in to it. Looks like my intuition was right because Mr. Havens never replied back and that's pretty stupid if you ask me, regardless of his reason.
Advanced RoofLeak Solutions Inc.Advanced RoofLeak Solutions Inc.
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