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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 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 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 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.

Can a metal roof be installed over shingles?

Metal roofs are durable, environmentally friendly, safe and budget-friendly. If you’re considering an update, metal roofing installation doesn’t have to mean completely removing your old roof. In many cases, metal roofing can be installed over your existing shingles. Research building codes in your state, as many require that after two roofs have been installed, all roofing materials must be completely removed before a third roof can be put on. This protects your home’s structural integrity and your family’s safety. Carefully read contractor reviews and choose someone with extensive experience with metal roofing installation. One concern when installing metal over shingles is that over time, condensation can build on the shingles and cause the metal to rust. This will lead to rust around the panels, making them more likely to come loose in a storm. Nationally, the average cost for metal roofing installation ranges from $6,000 to $20,000. The wide price range represents different roof sizes, different types of metal, and the cost of labor in different parts of the country — and can also include the cost of removing an old shingle roof prior to installing the metal. As a line item, the average cost of removing an old roof to prepare for installing a new roof, plus adding new roof decking, costs on average about $45-$75 per square (the pro roofer’s term for 100 square feet), depending on the pitch of the roof. Always make sure you have a clearly written contract and a warranty on both the labor and the metal.

 

Reviews for Sherman Oaks roofing professionals
Jeremy B.
Berry did a great job at fixing my roof. He was readily available and immediately assessed the situation. He came back a couple days later with his crew and fixed the roof. I would highly recommend him and hire him again for future roof work!
Atlas RoofingAtlas Roofing
Kenneth E.
Ben, the representative, was punctual, amiable and completely professional. He accurately assessed several problems with my roof, nade a proposal to fix the problems without trying to sell me a new roof. (My roof was replaced in 2009.) Ben did a great job, showing me exactly what he had done, entertaining questions. I am also taking his advice to have a Roof Tune-up every 8 to 10 years. Highly recommended.
Arana roofingArana roofing
Ryan F.
Patched roof for $850 - claimed to give me a two-year warranty. Roof is leaking in the same spot 6 months later and won't return my numerous phone calls and emails. Use another contractor.
JM ROOFING 3rd GENERATIONJM ROOFING 3rd GENERATION
Kim Z.
Avi did a great job on our roof. He came out promptly and on time. He made reasonable recommendations and was very professional
Arana roofingArana roofing
Jessie c.
Avi came out so quickly and kept my mom from getting on the roof herself and I’m thrilled with that. He did great work and has good suggestions for the future.
Arana roofingArana roofing
Trish K.
I needed what I hoped was a roof repair. I called Golden Winter Roofing and Santiago was able to come out the next day and provide an estimate. He was prompt and courteous even though I’d double booked another estimate. He graciously agreed to accommodate me however I needed. Once there he went over all options available to me he informed me that I indeed needed a new roof and not a repair as I had hoped. I had several contractors bid the job and the consensus was the same it could not be repaired. Santiago provided an estimate on site and stated he was able to start the next day. Santiago was the fairest of them all by far. The fact that he was able to give an estimate on site and start right away was a relief because I was in a time crunch and needed to make a decision on a contractor right away. He was very professional and knowledgeable. Things worked out so that I was able to postpone the job but when I am ready to redo the roof Santiago will definitely be the one I call.
Golden Winter Roofing IncGolden Winter Roofing Inc
Maksim K.
Vincent the owner was super nice and he is not like other boses he came to work with his workers to make sure your roof is done correctly. He went beyond fixing my roof. He fixed plases we did not see because my roof had lots of stuff on it. Over the cours of 3 vists we became good frinds. He is super nice and charges honestly. For the work he did I should of paid close to $3500 but he charged me only $1725. I told him my mom Died and him and his wife gave me $25 to put flowers on the grave he understood how much I lowed my mom. If you hire Vincent you want regret it.
VA RoofingVA Roofing
Ruth M.
I contacted Alpha One after discovering a leak in my roof. Tal came out to look at it the next day, gave me a great quote, and his team worked efficiently to get the job done before it rained again! Highly recommend.
Alpha One Construction IncAlpha One Construction Inc
Zach S.
It was raining. Hard. And it was clear I had a leak! Within in moments of posting on Thumbtack, We Do Handyman responded to my needs. We spoke briefly so I could describe the issue in more detail, and Geoff was at my house less than 40 minutes later and ready to get on my roof in the rain to fix the issue. He could have charged me a lot more for the emergency rush and the circumstances - and I would have paid it...but he was fair, quick and very helpful.
We Do Handyman ServicesWe Do Handyman Services
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