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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

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.

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 Eastside roofing professionals
Thumbtack Customer
Dan Kinkel and American Roofing of Jacksonville did an excellent job replacing my roof. I am very satisfied with their performance and I would highly recommend them to anyone needing a roof replacement.
American Roofing of JacksonvilleAmerican Roofing of Jacksonville
Marley U.
We are extremely happy with our new guest house roof. Sean was wonderful to work with and had a great crew that knocked this roof out in no time! Thank you so much. We will be back for our next roofing project!
South Edge Roofing & ConstructionSouth Edge Roofing & Construction
Thumbtack Customer
got a metal roof put on but it still leaks
The Roof Duck ©Watertight Roofing SystemsThe Roof Duck ©Watertight Roofing Systems
Alex V.
Great company ..new roof in just a couple days !
South Edge Roofing & ConstructionSouth Edge Roofing & Construction
Thumbtack Customer
Minor roof leak, identified and repaired the same day. Thanks for the GREAT service!
American Roofing of JacksonvilleAmerican Roofing of Jacksonville
Rozalyn L.
Mr Tom did a outstanding job replacing some missing shingles on my roof. He was able to get the job completed within a day of me contacting him. Very honest and respectful person to work with and didn't try and sale me a new roof when all I needed was a small repair. Thank you. Will definitely contact him again for any roofing repairs I need completed.
McGrath Roofing LLCMcGrath Roofing LLC
Thumbtack Customer
American Roofing did an exceptional job. Eric, the salesman, held my hand through the entire process. My roof was replaced within 4 days of signing the contract. It is beautiful. The crew was extremely professional, polite and skilled. I would recommend these guys to everyone!
American Roofing of JacksonvilleAmerican Roofing of Jacksonville
Thumbtack Customer
American Roofing did a great job overall. Eric McLoughlin was the representative do did my inspection and helped me pick out the correct shingle for a good price. The people who installed the roof briefed me on the process and precautions I needed to follow.
American Roofing of JacksonvilleAmerican Roofing of Jacksonville
Adel B.
Very responsive and prompt. It appears the roof leak was fixed which is a huge relief to me. Thank you.
South Edge Roofing & ConstructionSouth Edge Roofing & Construction
Lee E.
Great service and friendly people. I will definitely be giving them a call when my roof needs to be replaced.
South Edge Roofing & ConstructionSouth Edge Roofing & Construction
Thumbtack Customer
We had a wonderful experience with John! He was extremely professional and knowledgeable. Would highly recommend American Roofing!
American Roofing of JacksonvilleAmerican Roofing of Jacksonville
Thumbtack Customer
Bigfoot put a new roof on my home in Riverside. They did a great job and my house looks so good!
Bigfoot Roofing & Construction, Inc.Bigfoot Roofing & Construction, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Dan called us back within 1 hr of our request! We needed help right away with multiple roof leaks! They came out the next business day and began repairs the very next morning! We worked with John who was very professional and knowledgable. The price for all the repairs was just right! John had do a few little extra things and still just charged what was in the contract! We feel very blessed to have found American roofing! We definitely recommend their services! Thank you American Roofing!!
American Roofing of JacksonvilleAmerican Roofing of Jacksonville
Jeff P.
He did a great job of sealing and repairing the roof. Very fast and efficient and friendly. Hopefully there will be no more leaks when it rains.
Goode Brothers Roofs and Gutters Inc.Goode Brothers Roofs and Gutters Inc.
Alisha M.
I cannot say enough. . We had a small but concerning leak in our roof around our dryer vent that showed as a small line in my daughters room. After so many people who either didn’t write back or quoted me a new roof, A1A, in a ten minute free inspection, took pictures, explained the problem, offered next day service and helped me sleep a little better. Knowing that there are good roofing people in a sea of so many insurance chasers and big cooperate roofers, is a real relief. Thank you!!!!! AM
A1A Roof & RepairA1A Roof & Repair
Thumbtack Customer
Carlton was very professional. It didn't take long to do a complete estimate of the roof. Iam very happy thank you. Jimmy Clark
American Roofing of JacksonvilleAmerican Roofing of Jacksonville
Keith Y.
Must recommend South Edge to any roofing job ! They do great work ! They cut us a great deal for good quality work!
South Edge Roofing & ConstructionSouth Edge Roofing & Construction
Oscar M.
Excellent experience with these guys. Very straight forward and quick for a roof replacement. We had to navigate the process of dealing with the Historical Society and it was not an issue at all.
South Edge Roofing & ConstructionSouth Edge Roofing & Construction
Dan M.
This roofer gave me a quality roofing job. He went above & beyond the remuneration provided by my insurer. He is congenial and I enjoyed working with him.
South Edge Roofing & ConstructionSouth Edge Roofing & Construction
Howard M.
I needed some roof shingles repaired. I called Tom Wednesday night and he was there the next day to do the repair. Repair completed , life is good .
McGrath Roofing LLCMcGrath Roofing LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I worked with Carlton and have to say he was very professional and courteous. From start to finish I was kept in the loop and informed. The guys did a fantastic job on the roof and they were very aware of the surrounding areas making sure to keep everything clean as they went. Took extra precautions not to make tire marks in my grass when delivering shingles, that was appreciated. Roof looks great and I will recommend them to others!
American Roofing of JacksonvilleAmerican Roofing of Jacksonville
Danielle B.
Chris was prompt, friendly, and honest with his bid. The roof was completed promptly and was well done. They did not leave a mess. I would recommend this company. Thank you, Danielle Wright
South Edge Roofing & ConstructionSouth Edge Roofing & Construction
Lucas M.
Worked with Chris on a recent re-roof. He was great, to say the least! Went very smoothly and very fast - probably the quickest turn around for a roof in all the deals I've done throughout Florida. There were a couple hiccups with the city along the way, none caused by Chris, but Chris swiftly resolved each issue to keep the project on track. Will definitely be calling South Edge Construction for my next renovation in the area. I highly recommend them.
South Edge Roofing & ConstructionSouth Edge Roofing & Construction
Kayla W.
Chris and the entire South Edge construction team have a top notch business. Between customer service, workmanship, reliability, and availability we couldn’t of asked for anything more. We are so thankful for our new roof and the work they have done. HIGHLY recommend for any roofing project needed. They left our house and surroundings in great condition, and worked in a timely manner to get everything accomplished! We will 100% use them again if we need any work done in the future.
South Edge Roofing & ConstructionSouth Edge Roofing & Construction
Jeff d.
my roof has been completed for a month now and it still hasn't been able to pass inspection. when I could finally get ahold of someone from South Edge, Chris, informed me on Monday the 15th "Repairs will be done tomorrow. Final weds". According to the city, the roof still hasn't passed inspection and now I cannot get a hold of Chris or Sean. I hope this review prompts a response. I will update as things develop.
South Edge Roofing & ConstructionSouth Edge Roofing & Construction
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