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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. 

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 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.

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.

How can I find out if a roofer is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

To find out whether a roofer is an essential service provider during the COVID-19 pandemic, start by visiting your state or city’s government website. Local governments are providing up-to-date information for residents during this time.

A national guideline is available on CISA’s website, Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19. This page addresses 16 different categories of essential infrastructure sectors, but note that not all jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure.  

Reviews for Safety Harbor roofing professionals
Ervin D.
They looked over the situation with a tree and my roof and let me know exactly what I could to resolve the tree issue. They also let me know that the roof was fine. Planning to call them when I get the tree trimmed.
A.B.T. Roofing & Restoration, LLCA.B.T. Roofing & Restoration, LLC
Joe A.
Robin is great! He sent his employee to replace my ridge vent. I wasn’t at home during the repair but he sent me photos of the progress and when complete. I highly recommend T and G roofing and will use them for a future roof replacement.
T and G RoofingT and G Roofing
Thumbtack Customer
I had some cracked roof tiles. The were repaired in a short.matter of time. Looked good.
Steve K.
Michael Alvarez and his team were prompt, professional, and reliable. Our existing roof was removed and replaced in one business day; the crew was friendly and professional, and yard clean up was very thorough. Most of all, it was good quality work at a fair price. And unlike many other roofing companies, they showed up when they said they would for both the estimate and to start the job. Highly recommend.
Omega Roofer LLCOmega Roofer LLC
Scott B.
I noticed a leak in the roof on the morning before Eta was to hit Tampa. Posted on thumbtack in the morning and they were out repairing, in the rain, by 1:00PM. Extremely professional and helpful. Do not hesitate to give Blake Co a shot. 100% satisfied.
Blake Co RoofingBlake Co Roofing
Kat T.
Dale was a very nice sales person. We started out with only wanting soffit and fascia. However, Dale said the wood was not even and the best way to go was to get gutters. We were looking to get gutters anyway so we moved forward with that. We also signed a contract to get our patio enclosure done through Dale as well. The first day there were 3 guys that came out to start the work. One did not feel comfortable climbing ladders so the guy on the roof would call down the lengths to cut. After the first day, my husband inspected the work and saw a lot of miscuts, screws with different colors, and tacky work to the point that there were indentations in the fascia where they it was screwed in. We called Dale up and told him about the work that was done and sent him pictures to collaborate our findings. The next day only 2 guys showed, one on the ground for the cuts and one on the roof. We had one style of fascia all around the house. However, when it came to one part of the house, they could not get the same style and had to put a textured style up. When we complained, we basically had no choice. We spent literally thousands of dollars to get the work done and it was done very poorly. We called Dale several times about the work being done and NOT ONCE did Dale come out to inspect the job. We are still noticing short cuts and mismatched screws. Very frustrating.
Dale HammondDale Hammond
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