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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

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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 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.

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.

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.

Do roofers offer remote or virtual services?

To find out the degree to which a roofing service can operate remotely, it’s best to contact local roofers and roofing repair specialists near you.

See if they will schedule a video call so that you can show them the project and get an idea of the cost. This will also allow them to give you recommendations on the type of roofing material, and the best time of year to do the project. You might also be able to book a roof installation or repair service far out in advance.

Reviews for Franklin roofing professionals
Thumbtack Customer
My experience with Steve and Green Line Roofing exceeded my expectations! I had a leak in my roof needing a 10x10 repair. Steve was very professional and informative! He also provided the best quote of all the contractors I contacted and he even completed the job the same day!!! Wow!!! I will definitely be calling Steve back when it is time to replace my roof! I couldn't have expected a better experience!
Green Line Roofing LLCGreen Line Roofing LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Responded quickly. Did exactly what was needed to get the roof repaired. Would not hesitate to use again in the future.
Morales Roofing LLCMorales Roofing LLC
Mike F.
ROOFERS AND LAWYERS AND PLUMBERS... OH, MY! These three professions have at least one thing in common; You don't know or care anything about them until you really need one! Our house sits in what is now about to be zoned commercially. Someday soon, it will be torn down to make room for a Burger Biggie or a MedCheck or a bank or something. We are just waiting it out until we can sell and move on with our retirement. But a roof is something you really need, and we needed one badly! We don't know any roofers, and none of our friends were particularly quick to recommend anyone. They either had never needed one, or they had a "less than great" experience. So we used "Thumbtack" for recommendations, and that's how we met Steve Kinney of Green Line Roofing. We met with all the recommended companies provided by Thumbtack, and received their estimates. What set Steve apart from the other company represenatives we met with was that Steve was representing STEVE. Not a large company, where the owner has a business degreee, but has never set foot on a roof. Steve took the time to understand our situation, and actually tailor a proposal to our needs. He isn't a "one size fits all" kind of guy... and to honest, everyone else we met with in getting estimates were locked in to their companies parameters and directives. I would say they were "salesmen", and Steve was a "consultant". He worked with us, provided options where possible for our needs, and made recommendations based on HIS experience as a roofer. He spent the time with us to answer our questions, not with "Well, our policy is...", but with sound, logical "Here's why..." answers. He understood what we wanted, and he found ways to get it for us. Our new roof is now on and looks great! We paid exactly what Steve estmated. I should say that he and his crew also did some repair work to our front porch, as well as tear off our old roof, replace some rotted decking and re-shingle the whole roof and porch. They started on time, worked steadily through the day, and by 4:00PM, they were packing up. They took great care to clean up all the old shingles, nails and scrap around the house when they were done. It was, in a word, impressive. I would, without reservation, recommend Steve Kinney and Green Line Roofing to anyone considering a new roof and looking for a professional who can and will meet your needs.
Green Line Roofing LLCGreen Line Roofing LLC
Thumbtack Customer
We hired M&J to come out and do a roof job on our house. The job required removing two layers of roof materials, replacing decking, and reroofing using dimensional shingles. Glenn provided a material list for us and we were able to find the best price for materials. Once materials arrived the team was out within a week and completed the job within one day. We had one small issue upon inspection of the job and Glenn and team were out early the next day to fix. The crew made sure all was cleaned up and that we were happy with the job. Great labor price and professionalism are always appreciated!
MJ Exteriors LLcMJ Exteriors LLc
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