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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 Elgin roofing professionals
Thumbtack Customer
Rick Young responded quickly as a roof evaluation was needed to confirm the condition while a buyer was claiming a damaged roof. He offered his professional opinion in a written report.
Midwest Roofing and exteriors LLCMidwest Roofing and exteriors LLC
Vicky G.
Ethic roofing did a great job repairing the roof for us. He came out pretty quick and price was affordable and they also cleaned the gutters. Very pleased all around.
Ethic RoofingEthic Roofing
Maryellen S.
I worked with James and I can tell you that this is a top notch company. I originally had another roofer I was going to use and they gave me the run around for a month. James reached out to me on a Wednesday and his crew was at my house on Friday. I had a leaky roof and it was very cold in my house because of the damage internally from my roof. As soon as I told James my dilemma he was on top of it and made my roof a priority. My roof looks great. Thanks James!!! Thanks to Gino and the crew as well.
Naperville Roofing & ConstructionNaperville Roofing & Construction
Mike H.
Ernie had great communication right from the start. He was able to get the job scheduled and clearly outlined the process and price weeks before the work began. Ernie and his crew reinforced a few damaged trusses on the garage roof, removed 3 layers of old shingles, and installed a new roof. All in just a couple of days. Roof looks great and is much more structurally sound than before. Great job at a fair price. Thanks!
Ernesto DavalosErnesto Davalos
Thumbtack Customer
Their 9-man crew made quick work of the roof. Dependable. Efficient. Easy to work with. Good value.
HI-5 Roofing LLCHI-5 Roofing LLC
Thumbtack Customer
My flat roof was in terrible shape after several people coming to look at it just wanting to patch patch patch I decided it was time to find a flat roof specialist I called Steve Stergo he came out immediately had me a quote within 24 hours scheduled a.job a few days later they showed up on time and ready to work the job came out beautiful couldn't ask for more professional company highly recommend him for your flat roof job thanks Steve
Stergo Roofing CorpStergo Roofing Corp
Cecilia A.
Mega Solutions did a fantastic job on our roof. I was really impressed with their professionalism and the quality of the work. I would highly recommend them.
Mega Solutions Inc.Mega Solutions Inc.
Chris W.
The Pulaski Roofing Team was a pleasure to work with. They came to our house, provided a professional PDF estimate with photos and plenty of options and recommendations to make sure our immediate and long term needs were met! Highly Recommended!
Pulaski Roofing & EngineeringPulaski Roofing & Engineering
Thumbtack Customer
Damaged shingles were repaired and the finished product looked great. Damaged boots were caulked at no additionaI cost. The price quoted was the price paid. I plan to use Horison for all future roof repairs. Outstanding quality at a bargain price.
Horison ConstructionHorison Construction
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