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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.

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 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.

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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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.

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.

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 Ashburn 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
The team was professional and completed the work as described and on time. I would definitely consider Reliant Roofing for my roofing needs in the future.
Reliant Roofing, Solar, & Hurricane ShuttersReliant Roofing, Solar, & Hurricane Shutters
Alex V.
Great company 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
Thumbtack Customer
Competitive price + highly qualified! **Update: Hurricane Irma was no match for the new roof!
Reliant Roofing, Solar, & Hurricane ShuttersReliant Roofing, Solar, & Hurricane Shutters
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
Quinton P.
In the process of putting my home on the market, I contacted Gabe for some roofing questions. His expertise, professionalism, and transparency were top-notch. I have full faith in him after speaking with him via phone and email that he would take care of roofing questions or issues that I had. And just like a professional, he did just that. If you have roofing needs, look no further than Reliant!
Reliant Roofing, Solar, & Hurricane ShuttersReliant Roofing, Solar, & Hurricane Shutters
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
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
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
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
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
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
Allyson M.
Gabriel is my client manager with Reliant Roofing. He has done a wonderful job helping me navigate the insurance issues, and making sure that all my questions are answered. He even went out of his way to help me find assistance for some home issues other than my roof. He is a real pro who will do a great job for any client!
Reliant Roofing, Solar, & Hurricane ShuttersReliant Roofing, Solar, & Hurricane Shutters
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
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