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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 Santa Monica roofing professionals
Thumbtack Customer
I'm not a roofing expert, but Vincent, from VA Roofing, is a great guy and did a great job repairing our roof . He is personable, speaks both English and Spanish, and got the job done quickly without any fuss. Thanks Vincent!
VA RoofingVA Roofing
George P.
It was such a pleasure working with real professionals. As you know my roof had some special issues that required the knowhow of someone with a true expertise in roofing. I’m so glad I found you guys and can’t believe you were able to come out the same day! I was really in a jam and your help couldn’t be more appreciated! Thanks again
American Construction Specialists, Inc.American Construction Specialists, Inc.
Eric W.
Alpha One Construction was a pleasure to work with in repairing my roof to prolong its life putting in a new ridge, sealing around the pipes to prevent leaks and even fixing a broken pipe as they do general construction not just roofing. Service was very personal and replies were prompt. Even during a truly hectic roofing schedule for the company do to atmospheric rain Alpha One Construction was able to squeeze in a day to repair it. They even came later for payment and did not require a deposit. Photos were shown to me about the work done before and after. Avery good company to work with with very friendly personable service. Eric Warwick
Alpha One Construction IncAlpha One Construction Inc
Kelly A.
Look no further than Avi and his team! I had the headache of a leaky roof that damaged the inside of our walls and was waiting weeks for our original roofer to come out to repair. I was fed up and exasperated, so found Arana roofing. Avi was not only immediately responsive, but took the time to answer all my questions, which put my mind at ease. He was quick to offer his services and immediately available when I needed him. Once he came to do the work, he was punctual, efficient and detailed. I can honestly say, I was very pleased with Avi and would highly recommend him.
Arana roofingArana roofing
Thumbtack Customer
I'm Garrett Lambert, the Onsite manager at 908 4th Street in Santa Monica, CA, an 18 unit apartment bldg. Our property had 3 clay tiles that I knew of, that had to be replaced. Vince and VA Roofing were not only the first to respond, seemingly within minutes of sending out a request via Thumbtack, they also were the first to come out to our property. They were very gracious, explained the challenges we were dealing with, in a clear, concise way and followed up with me over a week or two period of time, as I was getting different estimates. Their estimate was lower or the same as all of the other roofers I spoke to. However a few of the numerous things that separated Vince and VA Roofing from ALL of the other roofers was that; they Always responded to my questions and requests in a very timely manner; they Never attempted to sell me on other things that I was told I needed from every other roofer. They explained that either I really didn't need the things these other roofers said I needed, such as metal edging and they explained why I didn't need them. Or that whatever else the other roofers said I needed, such as felt for the roofing, that I was being quoted quite a bit of money for, that they would provide them to me at no charge. They also said that once they start working on the roof, that if they saw I needed any additional tiles over the walkway of the apartment building entrance, they would provide that to us at NO CHARGE. And as it turned out they had to replace 3 additional tiles. And true to his word, Vince stuck with his original quote. Vince and VA Roofing are without Question, the very best contractor that I've ever dealt with in all my years as a real estate investor, property owner and apartment manager. Vince and VA get my Absolute Highest Recommendation, They Are the Best! If you use them, you will thank me forever and you will owe me! :-) You will find, as I did, that they are the Best Roofers you will ever deal with, heck, they'll be the best vendor you ever deal with. I give Vince and VA Roofing a score of 100+, an A+, whatever the highest marks you can give someone are! :-) And no, I didn't get paid by them to write this, I'm not a close family friend, although I really like them, I'm not related to them, I had never met or ever heard of Vince and VA Roofing, until I contacted them through Thumbtack.:-) Thank you Vince and VA Roofing, I hope that in some small way, my writing this will help you in getting more business, which you so Deserve! I know that whomever is your next client will feel exactly the same way that I do. Once again my friends, thank you for the fantastic job you did for our apartment complex. Please let me know if I can ever offer another recommendation for you guys, it would be my pleasure to do so. Warmest Regards and In Gratitude, Garrett Lambert Onsite Manager 908 4th Street Santa Monica, CA
VA RoofingVA Roofing
Gregory A.
Working with SAL Home Remodeling was a wonderful experience all around. From all the contractors I had come out to inspect my roof, they stuck out right away due to how thoroughly they inspected my roof and how knowledgeable and detailed they were with the proposal they gave me on the spot. They were the only ones that asked to see the attic and the only ones to explain the city inspection process and address the need for replacing any rotten wood that would need to be replaced. Unlike SAL Home Remodeling, everyone else waited until I brought it up to let me know any rotten wood that needed to be replaced would be an additional charge. I appreciate being told upfront what the total charges would be rather than being asked to pay more after the job has already started. That is why I ultimately went with them, and I’m happy to say I’m glad I did. The entire process was smooth and there were no surprises along the way. I would definitely hire them again, and when it comes time to replace the roof I have on a rental property I own, they’ll be the first ones I call.
SAL Home RemodelingSAL Home Remodeling
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