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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.

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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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 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.

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.

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a roofer when social distancing?

If you decide to hire a roofer, choose virtual platforms like video chats instead of face-to-face consultations. When the roofer is working on your roof, avoid any physical contact, sanitize all involved spaces and surfaces, and use digital payments instead of cash or a check.

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.

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.

Reviews for Ashburn roofing professionals
Richard P.
Best looking roof in subdivision
Clark Brothers Roofing & ConstructionClark Brothers Roofing & Construction
Michael L.
Great customer service. Micah scheduled a roof replacement as soon as possible and kept me informed on plans and progress.
Clark Brothers Roofing & ConstructionClark Brothers Roofing & Construction
William L.
Arrived when promised, completed the repair in less than an hour, and at a price considerably lower than I had been quoted by others! The repair looks great and I will definitely use them if I ever need additional roof work, and I can recommend them to anyone in need of roof work.
Wheelers Roofing Co.Wheelers Roofing Co.
Eddie A.
So far so good after multiple storms. Looks like a good job on the roof repair. I had a tough time finding a company to repair a small roof leak until I discovered Clark Brothers. They were priced fairly and very easy to work with. The whole team was very professional. I’ll definitely use them again in the future.
Clark Brothers Roofing & ConstructionClark Brothers Roofing & Construction
Mike H.
Johnny was early for the appointment and found our roof leak along with a couple of other issues. Repaired same day. Wants to do a good job!
Wheelers Roofing Co.Wheelers Roofing Co.
Tim S.
Really 10 stars ! Johnny and his roof-mate did an amazing job...fast, friendly, efficient, explained everything very well...all at a great price ! Thanks for the terrific repair job guys !
Wheelers Roofing Co.Wheelers Roofing Co.
William L.
Showed up a day late. Never contacted me, I had to contact them. When they finally did show up they were more interested in trying to sell me gutters than address my roof issue. Would never recommend or use!
Clark Brothers Roofing & ConstructionClark Brothers Roofing & Construction
Alysia Y.
Fantastic crew. Arrived promptly and used a drone to assess the roof and wrote a quote (and even entertained my kiddos with it!). Came back the same day to complete the week. The crew was quick, professional and did a great job. They sent photos of the before and after throughout the process. Highly recommend!
Enduring Roofing & GuttersEnduring Roofing & Gutters
Thumbtack Customer
Fowler Homes did exactly what they said they would for me, which was to show up for an estimate - on time - and come back to fix a leak in my roof. The workers were quick, courteous, and showed me pictures of the problem areas. The shingles match very well even though the ones on my home have been discontinued. I would highly recommend them.
Fowler ExteriorsFowler Exteriors
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