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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. 

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.

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.

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 Wilmington roofing professionals
Thumbtack Customer
New roof, chimney cap, clean gutters. Quality work at a very fair price, done on time.
Hard Hatters Roofing & Construction LLCHard Hatters Roofing & Construction LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Hard Hatters was absolutely wonderful for my roofing project. Their estimate was far better than any other I received and the work was done quickly and professionally. Stan answered all my questions and I felt confident that the project would be done right. He showed me before, during, and after pictures which added to my confidence. That feeling of confidence was quite important to me as a single woman who knows very little about roofing. I would highly recommend Hard Hatters Roofing and Construction.
Hard Hatters Roofing & Construction LLCHard Hatters Roofing & Construction LLC
Omar J.
Larry was great! He had very fair pricing and finished the job on time and on budget for our roof replacement! The best part about working with Larry was his communication!
Larry Predeoux, LLCLarry Predeoux, LLC
Chonnie B.
I was first told (without anyone coming to my property to evaluate the roof) that they’d only replace it because they were familiar with roofs in my neighborhood. I was then told someone would come out to to look at the roof and speak with me about it. They came out and never knocked on the door; I saw them come and leave as I was at home. I was then told I’d receive an estimate the next day; I did not receive it. I was called in that day and told I’d receive the next day. On the third day, I was told they would email it over to me. It’s been a week since they came out and I have not received anything from them. Overall, poor customer service.
Tycos Roofing and SidingTycos Roofing and Siding
Stephanie P.
Bill was responsive, professional, and did an overall great job on the roof repair. I appreciate the promptness and professionalism to get the job done well. Easy to work with and will definitely contact again for future work.
Hart Home ImprovementsHart Home Improvements
Robert W.
admittedly a small job - garden shed roof - but it required some rafter repair, complete redecking and shingling . Andrew was prompt thorough and did an excellent job with complete clean up for a fair price. I would recommend him
Andrew NoelAndrew Noel
Thumbtack Customer
They replaced the roof of our 117 year old house first removing four layers of slate, wood, shingles and cedar. The work was professional and high quality. They did a great job of cleaning up and answered any questions we had along the way. I would recommend them.
Hard Hatters Roofing & Construction LLCHard Hatters Roofing & Construction LLC
Anna V.
I had a major problem of water running under need the drip edge on the 2nd story roof. He made time the next day to come deal with my emergency situation. thanks to his expedience the insurance company opened up the claim as I had done what needed to be done to stop additional damages to the house
J. Miller contractingJ. Miller contracting
Courtney M.
I was only provided with the option of selecting 3 characteristics to best describe JM Roofing when in fact they deserve all five. Jorge and his crew, from start to finish were responsive, very professional and arrived on time. Pricing was fair and they even patched a few shingles on my detached garage at no additional cost. Lastly, and most importantly, the quality of their work is outstanding! Did I neglect to mention they did this all in one day and clean up was immaculate. I would certainly recommend their services to others!
JM RoofingJM Roofing
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