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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 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

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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 adding a new roof increase a home’s value?

Home sellers who add new roofing to their homes recover as much as 107% of its value, according to the Remodeling Impact report. If you’re thinking about selling your home, consult with your realtor or a real estate expert to find out which repairs you should prioritize before you put your home on the market. 

If replacing or fixing your roof is on your to-do list, contact the best roofers near you to receive free estimates.

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.

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.

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.  

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 Ashburn roofing professionals
Fernando M.
I absolutely love my new roof and could not be happier with my experience. I am a first time homeowner and this is my first time getting a new roof. Ben walked me through the process, helped me save money, and did an amazing job. Now, I have a new roof with a ridge vent and I could not be happier. As a side note, seeing the roof without shingles (after they remove the old shingles), was pretty cool.
Westmont EnterprisesWestmont Enterprises
Lacy M.
LCC contracting was the only company to actually do a thorough inspection. They saved me from installing an entire roof. I will definitely use them again for all my roofing needs.
Leon Contracting CompanyLeon Contracting Company
Steve R.
Mid Atlantic did a great job on my new roof. John was very involved and easy to get in touch with. His crew was tremendous and had the experience required for a challenging roof. They were also priced competitively and delivered above and beyond expectations
Mid Atlantic ExteriorsMid Atlantic Exteriors
Sunday S.
I would definitely recommend Hernandez Roofing Pros. They are a great, hardworking and very professional.
Hernandez Roofing ProsHernandez Roofing Pros
Henry j.
Job well done. Very professional, punctual and efficient in fixing my roof. Thank you
Pappas Roofing and Construction, IncPappas Roofing and Construction, Inc
Travis P.
Immediate next day service. Arrived on time and performed same day service. Thank you for repairing my roof. Will use again and recommend
Hillage Home ImprovementsHillage Home Improvements
Steven H.
Excellent work I can’t even explain this company literally saved my roof and did extra work side work I didn’t know that needed repair for the same quoted price. If you need the best for a reasonable and honest price pick this company they won’t disappoint.
"Finally Home Renovations, inc""Finally Home Renovations, inc"
Christi W.
Erick was terrific and the work he did on each side of our roof was high quality work. I appreciated the fact that when he provided us a quote, he included inspection of our roof, items the deemed needed to be repaired or shored up that he was including as part of his overall work. We had other companies provide us an estimate and they did not discuss those other items that needed care and the mere fact that Erick paid attention to that type of detailed and not just our immediate problem showed us that Erick cared about the quality of care he provides and he knew we had to hire him. What we also appreciated, Erick ensured that the work was completed that day as he promised. I highly recommend Finally In Company, LLC!!
"Finally Home Renovations, inc""Finally Home Renovations, inc"
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