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Q & A

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. 

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 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: 

Asphalt Roof

Lasts 20 years

$5 per square foot

Metal Roof

Last 50 years

$10-$18 per square foot 

Clay Roof

Last a lifetime

$15-$20 per square foot (for terracotta)

$20 per square foot (for Spanish clay tile)

Concrete Roof

Last a lifetime

$10 per square foot

Slate Roof

Last a lifetime

$10-$75 per square foot

Sources: The Spruce, NAHB

Contact the best roofers near you to get started on your roofing project today.

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.

Does a roofer need to enter my home?

Generally, a roofer will likely not need to enter your home. The bulk of the work takes place on and around the edges of the roof, where roofing material meets either dormer walls or other structures. So, there is usually no need for person-to-person contact. However, there might be some cases where a roofer needs to enter your home, perhaps to inspect damage or access electrical outlets.

You can take care of any consultation calls using video chats, photos and emails, and payment should take place on virtual platforms. Put together a strategy with any local roofing professionals you contact.

Do roofers offer remote or virtual services?

To find out the degree to which a roofing service can operate remotely, it’s best to contact local roofers and roofing repair specialists near you.

See if they will schedule a video call so that you can show them the project and get an idea of the cost. This will also allow them to give you recommendations on the type of roofing material, and the best time of year to do the project. You might also be able to book a roof installation or repair service far out in advance.

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a roofer when social distancing?

If you decide to hire a roofer, choose virtual platforms like video chats instead of face-to-face consultations. When the roofer is working on your roof, avoid any physical contact, sanitize all involved spaces and surfaces, and use digital payments instead of cash or a check.

Reviews for Oakland roofing professionals
Andy K.
Franco's did a fantastic job with my roof. They replaced the whole roof and gutters in just 5 days. The team was friendly, professional, clean and affordable. I would recommend Gerardo Franco to anyone needing either roof repair or a new roof and gutters.
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Ray M.
Nice roof great price
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Brent H.
Excellent roofing company! I get a lot of roofs done as Im a developer, and they do a great job for us. Perfect lines, great vent work
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Nikfar K.
Fernando and Oliver were great to work with. They quoted me o repair the roof and when I asked if I should replace the roof instead, they said that the repair would be sufficient as the roof would last another few years. Yay to saving me money now and not pushing unnecessary services. They took their time to do the work, replacing rotted fascia boards, fixing the roof, and repainting. Very easy to work with.
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Tina L.
I received estimates from several contractors, but decided to select Sunnyside Roofing. My roof was not a straightforward job because it had 3 layers of roofing, nearly all the rafters needed replacing/were rotted, and there was wood missing from the original roof 40+ years ago. He addressed all of my concerns with his thorough bid/proposal and by answering all my questions. In addition to being professional and friendly he gave a competitive price. He completely took off my entire roof to the bare wood, replaced the rafters, primed the wood, added missing plywood, and added new gutters. Any question or comments I had during the process he quickly addressed. I am thoroughly happy with my roof and workmanship. I feel confident that not only did they replace my roof, but they made my home structurally more sound.
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Michelle K.
Gerardo was always on time and very easy to communicate with. His crew came in on Friday afternoon, took down the old roof, and I had a new roof by Saturday afternoon. They cleaned up the debris really well too. The craftsmanship of the roof is great. I'm incredibly happy with the work that he's done and I look forward to him replacing my windows in the future.
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Tasion K.
Quick and fast to fix a patch on my roof! Loved his efficiency m!
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Rachard D.
Sonny and his team did a GREAT job on my roof. His pricing was very reasonable and the work was completed in a timely fashion. He’s also friendly to talk to and can help identify other issues that you might have with your roof or gutters.
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Max G.
Very responsive. Good price. Got the roof repair done before it rained again.
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Kenneth A.
Franco's roofing shows up as promised and delivers quality with a reasonable price. They spotted multiple trouble areas in my old roof, communicated clearly what's needed to fix them and provided before/after photos to show how it was done. This comes with a two-year, transferrable warranty, which can stretch to 15 with future service. Gerardo is super friendly and professional and knows his stuff. I will absolutely hire him again for any future roof maintenance.
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Marc J.
Mr. Franco installed a new roof on top of my flat garage. The garage roof was in bad shape so he installed new wood where needed. His quote was the most affordable of all three quotes I received. For my purposes, his work satisfied the job.
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Ron J.
Responded quickly, came out even quicker, roof leak fixed within a few hours of noticing it
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Marianne M.
Premier was excellent! Available in a pinch and installed my small roof before the rain started the next day
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Suse L.
Mel redid our roof. It was complicated as it’s a flat roof but he and his crew did a nice job redoing it. He worked with our plumbing and electrical subs to coordinate the job and also came over at 4 am to cover our roof when it unexpectedly started raining! We had leaking water everywhere but he came right away with a huge role to cover the house. Mel has high integrity and stuck to his word. I would recommend him and would hire him again.
Mel's RoofingMel's Roofing
Dedrick G.
Installed 4 high-quality vents on my roof. Work was completed within a few hours and workmanship was quality.
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Will C.
They did a great job. I am going to have them come back in the Spring to do some more roof and gutter repair work.
Franco's Roofing and Rain Gutter ServiceFranco's Roofing and Rain Gutter Service
Christine P.
You only want to have to replace your roof once, and it can be difficult to find a quality roofer. Bay Valley Contractors is the best roofing company in the East Bay. They deliver on time, are extremely responsive, and while they work your property is left in suck a clean state that you won't realize work is being done! Since Bay Valley Contractors sets such a high bar for quality construction, I will only work with them for future projects.
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Dafina D.
I can not rave enough about my experience with Bay Valley. From the start, Edward wanted to know my needs and was very informative when explaining the company, the project scope and roofing in general. The first visit/meet at my home shined when compared to the 4 other roofers I received quotes from. Edward got on the roof and took detailed drawings and then gave me a quote within a reasonable time frame with cost and recommendations. Not all the roofers got on the roof nor did they pay such attention to detail in their proposals. When comparing quotes, what sold me was the years they've been in business, the warranties they offered, the quality of materials they used and the knowledge they had about roofing. When it came down to it, I was able to negotiate what I wanted and I feel they listened to me every step of the way and gave me a fair price. I also picked the solar company they are aligned with because I was impressed with their knowledge, company and their professionalism as well. I feel safe in the hands of Bay Valley and am happy with my choice.
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Betty S.
Mel and his guys did a great job on my roof repair. The price was excellent, the crew was professional, and no leaks when it rained a few days later. Will definitely hire again if needed!
Mel's RoofingMel's Roofing
Nicholas W.
Cesar has been great to talk to and work with. He gave us a reasonable quote for some roof repair work we needed to do. He was very communicative and I really appreciated his follow-through. When he came to our house to do the work, his team was friendly and got the job done quickly. If I need any more work done on my roof, I'd definitely reach out to him again. Thanks!
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Catalino S.
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to start a project with Sonny and team, as I had an issue arise with a separate project. He did come down to my house to review the roof, show me material examples and then later followed up with a quote on labor/material, which I eventually will get back into touch with him for when I’m ready. His approach and response were definitely professional and look forward to working with him in the future, or referring him to family for roof related work.
Sonny roofingSonny roofing
William W.
My house lost a gutter and had a small roof leak on the same night, and thankfully they responded quickly and had the job completed in two days. It was a huge relief and I would work with them again.
Luna's HandymanLuna's Handyman
Ariel S.
Franco gave a very thorough review of the condition of our roof and a detailed estimate of the work needed to repair, including pictures and specifics. He agreed with our expectation that we just needed some repair work and didn't try to sell us more than was needed. His price was fair, and he paid attention to details as he performed the work such as looking at whether the pipe jacks on the roof were actually connected below. Overall communication was good while doing the work, and they did a quality job and finished on time.
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Remi m.
Thank you Sonny for being responsive. We are still diagnosing our issues on our own but if we find it’s roofing I will reach out to Sonny for an estimate. Thank you for being responsive and open to engaging.
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Evi s.
Very happy with the fast and quality work done by Daniel! He was responsive, punctual and knowledgeable. Fixed our leaking roof the same day he came out to take a look! Will definitely call him for our next projects!
Luna's HandymanLuna's Handyman
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