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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 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

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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. 

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

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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.

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. 

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.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a roofer during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Because social distancing is important during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s recommended that you message roofers after narrowing down your choices through an online search of local roofers near you.

Ask if the roofer is willing to conduct an assessment via video chat rather than a traditional site inspection. Additionally, strategize on what other steps you can collectively take to make sure you’re following guidelines on social distancing during this time, including conducting a virtual payment.

Can I use digital payments to pay for roof installation, replacement or repair?

Digital payment platforms are common among roofers, roof repair companies and other services. The COVID-19 pandemic will likely cause more service providers to adopt platforms like PayPal, Zelle, Google Pay, Square Cash, Venmo and others instead of cash or check to decrease the risk of transmission.

You can typically find out whether roofers accept digital payments on their online profiles, and you should confirm this information with them during a consultation call.

Reviews for Redwood City roofing professionals
Michael H.
Repaired a roof leak quickly and cleanly.
AA Ortega ConstructionAA Ortega Construction
Berta W.
David and his team did an excellent job fixing gutter and roof. Thanks for great service
Southwest ShineSouthwest Shine
Daniel B.
Installed new roof on my shed. Done very quickly and excellent craftsmanship. Fair price.
Sonny roofing & painting & handyman workSonny roofing & painting & handyman work
Peter C.
AA Ortega Construction was very prompt and did a good job replacing a leaky roof in short notice during the holidays. The owner and his staff were courteous and very efficient in starting and completing the job on time. The roof replacement prevented more extensive damage. I am pleased with their service and would highly recommend this company.
AA Ortega ConstructionAA Ortega Construction
Alex d.
Simon did a great job fixing some tiles on my roof and also cleaning all the solar panels. Would certainly hire him again.
The British HandymanThe British Handyman
James E.
Contacted Simon do track down and repair an illusive leak in our roof. He found it, repaired it and did some other work for us as well around the house. Very personable and determined to find and fix the problem at hand. Will be using him again.
The British HandymanThe British Handyman
Thumbtack Customer
Has no licence so any warrenty he may give you is invalid as only a licenced roofer can provide that.He said he has one in the application process but nothing was given to show thats true. He had no idea of the city codes for roofing which I looked up and asked him about and he didn't know what I was talking about and tried to back peddle to act like he knew after I started questionin him on things but it was obvious he had no idea . I asked him after he measured my roof what the slop was but he didn't know that either with in the roofer world is very important as u need to use a different guadge of paper depending in the roof slope according to the codes . All of this as a local roofer Appling for a license he should be aware of . He also agreed to do the job however once I stated to educate myself and ask these important question of him he said he would call me back ... Never did then when I called him back to discuss the paper issues before he put it up he hung up on me . Beware of unlicensed roofers the work won't be warrentied even if they give you one theres NO reccourse if they do it wrong. He also wanted to start with out a written contract . When I asked for one he sent something that was like a simple note. Nothing was itemized no materials were itemized it was very incomplete. I had to ask 3 more times for a proper contract which still after 3 more were obovusly not proffessional or comprehensive which If its something as big as a roof you would be expected to give someone a proper contract and estimate in writing. I'm glad he hung up on me as I'm sure from my dealing with him thus far the rest would have been done this way to very unprofessional!
Luna's HandymanLuna's Handyman
Ian C.
Simon is a pleasure to work with. Simon does high-quality work, is honest in what needs to be done, and has the work done with quality. We hope to have Simon back for several more items that were identified in need in the near future. And....we did. Simon did a superb job cleaning and resealing our large, difficult to negotiate, high and steeply pitched roof. The scheduling was challenging due to heavy unseasonable rain and wind, but nothing was a problem. He even came back on his day off to clean up some sealant that made its errant way onto some outdoor furniture due to the aforementioned wind. We really can't recommend him more highly. He delivers superb quality workmanship, is ridiculously easy to work with and is a really nice guy.
The British HandymanThe British Handyman
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