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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

Contact the best roofers near you to get free estimates and start planning your roofing project today.

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 roofing professionals
Abe A.
Do a roof inspection and recommend wood replacement if needed, nail down existing nails before new roofing is installed. Used the right roof penetration for TPO roofing. Slope the rain gutter to drain the right way and check that it there's no leaks. Let's hope the roof last the warranty.
Mel's RoofingMel's Roofing
Michelle K.
Cesar was very professional. He inspected my roof, sealed an area on my roof that had water damage, and fixed the gutters. I would hire him again if I need roofing services.
Lozano Roofing ServicesLozano Roofing Services
Am K.
I had a leak on my roof, I reached out to Time change roofing via Thumbtack. Mario and Junior responded quickly and gave me a reasonable quote to fix the leak. They are very experienced and know their stuff. Hopefully my roof wont leak anymore. I highly recommend Mario and Junior for any of your roofing needs. Thanks guys!
Time Change RoofingTime Change Roofing
Mary a.
We are so happy and soooo satisfied on the result of our roof. Our house looks waaayy better than before. Geovanni tafolla roofing is very professional, neat, high quality and organized. Walked us through the best option for my roof and providing me with exceptional customer service and quality. Thank you so much Geovanni tafolla roofing! You guys are amazing, thank you for taking great care of our home. I can’t believe you finish my roof in 2 days. I will definitely recommend you to my friends and family.
Geovanni Tafolla RoofingGeovanni Tafolla Roofing
Phong M.
I was a little skeptic at first regarding the new type of roof material to be used. However, after talking to Mel and then saw my roof when he finished. I was amazed.
Mel's RoofingMel's Roofing
Di L.
We had sunnyside roofing to replace our old roof. Felix is very nice to work with. The team is professional, they finished my project fast and with high quality. Thank you! Definitely recommend!
Sunnyside Roofing Inc.Sunnyside Roofing Inc.
Mayuri G.
Jacob is a great guy. He is sharp and knows the roof in and out.
E&J RoofingE&J Roofing
Karen S.
Mel did an excellent job on our roof repairs. He was timely and responsive. He even sent us pictures of the areas he repaired. We highly recommend Mel's Roofing!! Thank you!!!
Mel's RoofingMel's Roofing
friendly people who know the roofing business GO use them
Time Change RoofingTime Change Roofing
Saranyan R.
Mario owns the company and is the ultimate professional. He started work immediately and delivered ahead of schedule. Entire roof change, including tear down of the old one, was completed in 4 days. And what surprised me was that at the end of watch day, Mario and his crew cleaned the whole place and left it clean. I would definitely recommend time change roofing for your next roofing project.
Time Change RoofingTime Change Roofing
Sanoop K.
Fixed my roof with zero contact. It is a great experience given the Corona crisis.
E&J RoofingE&J Roofing
Will C.
Mario and his team did an awesome job on our new roof and gutters. I got several estimates from Thumbtack, but Time Change Roofing had the most competitive offer. Mario clearly communicated what his team would be doing and when they would be there. His team showed up on time and finished replacing our whole roof and gutters in two days! One side of my front facing fascia had dry rot, I was pleasantly surprised that Mario went ahead and replaced both sides so that it would be more aesthetically pleasing. Mario handled the permit and the city inspection. I am really happy with how our new roof and gutters turned out. I will be recommending Time Change Roofing to all my friends and family.
Time Change RoofingTime Change Roofing
Thumbtack Customer
We were preparing our roof for the El Nino season. Cesar recommended fixes for the roof and explained why they were needed. He is very polite, he explains what he is going to do, his rates are reasonable. We definitely recommend him.
Lozano Roofing ServicesLozano Roofing Services
Thumbtack Customer
Cesar was honest, efficient and affordable. His work fixing our leaking roof. Highly recommend.
Lozano Roofing ServicesLozano Roofing Services
Rahul Z.
Super prompt in response time, the most reasonable out of all that I found. The roof inspection, estimation and replacement was all done within a week. Cesar took the extra effort of coming out once more to make sure he had the right understanding of the roof. There was a crew of 6 people who ploughed through the job. It was a very neat job, very well done. Will definitely recommend. They also replacement some bad wood on the roof. Very professional!
Lozano Roofing ServicesLozano Roofing Services
Ritesh D.
I am glad to go with Mel to get my roof fixed. He is a nice person, he offered me reasonable rate and what separates him from others that he explained me what the issue with my roof is and showed me where the damages are. He was frank in letting me know to sustain it for long term I need to get the roof replaced but he could replace few shingles for me at resonance price as I could not afford to replace it.
Mel's RoofingMel's Roofing
Lisa W.
Geo of GT Roofing did an awesome job on our rental house. He sent a very professional bid with aerial views of our roof. He made sure to get the city involved with permitting. He finished the job on time and came back to clean up very thoroughly. He was very flexible with payment structures throughout the process. All in all, he was a true gentleman and professional. I would highly recommend him if you need a new roof.
Geovanni Tafolla RoofingGeovanni Tafolla Roofing
Thumbtack Customer
We had a roof leak that we needed repaired. They sent an associate - Ralph Garcia roofing to assess the damage. They were very professional and really helpful so we could make the best repair decision. We got some competitive bids and their bid was the best overall. We ultimately decided to replace the roof. When unforeseen issues with the roof condition became apparent they let us know and gave us options to address them. There was some added work that needed to be done and it was taken care of with minimal additional cost. We changed the job perameters a few times and Ralph was very accommating and willing to adjust to our needs. They kept us informed of their progress and schedule which we really appreciated. The job was done in a timely manner and it looked fantastic when it was all done. We would highly recommend them and definitely use them for any other roofing project.
Beyond Construction BuildersBeyond Construction Builders
Leandro A.
Mario and his group are the best roofing contractor that I chose to replace the whole roof of my home. He is not the first one that I talk to. There are others that why I went to thumbtack to find a roofing contractor. I viewed all available contractor so I pick Mario so I give him a message we scheduled to meet and he came right on time. He look at the roof and ask me what I know about the roof. He showed me all his available roof products. I told him I have I have limited funds available on hand. I ask him to give a quote with 30 and 50 years of product guaranty. Plus gutter if I choose to change the gutter. That night, he sent those quote I know he was honest. I chose the best he got plus gutter and I told him that he can start the project. On the day they started work I meet him and give him the first part of my payment as agreed. They work fast with minimal interaction. It was nice working with him with my project. I personally recommend him for anybody who want the same project that I got. Leandro Andres
Time Change RoofingTime Change Roofing
Rick M.
I wanted to write about my experience with Ardons Roofing: I would highly recommend them for your roofing project. I found them to be professional, punctual, and best of all the quality and value of there work was outstanding! Aldo was my "go-to" guy and he always responded to my questions or concerns with clear answers. There was no surprises with the quote and the work plan.
Ardons roofing, Payment plan AvailableArdons roofing, Payment plan Available
Thumbtack Customer
Punctual, professional and knowledgeable. Cesar completed the project quickly with great result. If you need someone for roofing related work/repair, I highly recommend you work with Cesar. At least talk with Cesar to get a honest opinion first. When I have future roofing related work in the future, I definitely will contact Cesar again.
Lozano Roofing ServicesLozano Roofing Services
Bhargav N.
We had a minor leak in our roof, and was trying to figure out the cause of leak. All the other services only just speculated on potential causes and suggested some fixes. David from southwest shine did an excellent job in root causing the cause of leak and helped fix the issue. I’d definitely recommend his services to anyone with roof related issues..
Southwest ShineSouthwest Shine
Sylvia H.
Jacob is great and super nice! I got a roof leaking issue. He came immediately and fixed the problem with quite a fair price! Highly recommend!!
E&J RoofingE&J Roofing
Vinny V.
Ceaser is the most professional contractor I have ever worked with. He was receptive to all requests and helped us install solar tubes and a reflective roof to keep it cool. He replaced the damaged wood and provided advice on the color and quality. He patiently answered all our questions and completed the job on-time with utmost professionalism. I would give him a 10 star for our roof installation.
Lozano Roofing ServicesLozano Roofing Services
Ben K.
They did an awesome job. Extremely quick response and provided an easy, affordable solution to the issue. Would definitely recommend and will use with any roofing needs moving forward!
E&J RoofingE&J Roofing
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