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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.

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
Mark B.
Whitmans Contracting and Roofing was hired to tear off the existing 26 year old roof on my home and replace it with a new roof. Peter Whitman, the owner/manager came out and quoted a price on the roof replacement. Peter inspected my roof and attic, we discussed the material to be used and the different options for roofing components along with my concerns about the decking due to leaks. Peter is honest and gave a fair price for the work being performed. Peter and his crew performed the tear off and replacement of the roof in one day. They replaced only decking material that had issues. There was only minimal decking that needed replaced, so there was no additional charge for the materials. Peter and his wife also can out and did a roof and attic inspection after completion of the project along with a secondary sweep for nails. I am very pleased with the quality of the work and service. Had our first two big rain storms and it is nice to have a sound roof with no leaks. I would highly recommend Whitmans Contracting and Roofing for your roofing project.
Whitmans Contracting and RoofingWhitmans Contracting and Roofing
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Roof maintenance and repair
Aztec Contractor'sAztec Contractor's
Willie a.
Working with Juan Cadeza of Cadeza Roofing & Construction was great! He was professional, punctual, responsive, thorough, respectful, accommodating and reasonably priced. The crew tore off the old roof and put all of the debris in a "dump" truck; installed the new roof, trim and vents and cleaned up the work site. It was fast, effective and the best experience we have had with a contractor. The roof looks great! The house looks newer! Highly recommend this roofing company! Thanks, Juan and God bless!
Cadeza Roofing & ConstructionCadeza Roofing & Construction
Ramona J.
Great job on my roof repair.
White Star RoofingWhite Star Roofing
Mike H.
The guys at JV Roofing did a great job at my home. All work was done in one day, I’d highly recommend using JV Roofing Solutions
Jv Roofing SolutionsJv Roofing Solutions
Rolle H.
Quick response. Good solution for leaks in the roof.
Robles Roofing & MoreRobles Roofing & More
Trevor J.
Mr. Issa and his crew were professional, on time, paid attention to detail and made sure the job was complete. I am more than pleased with my new roof. I would recommend Quality Allied Roofing LLc. to anyone who is looking for a new roof. It was my pleasure to work with them.
Quality Allied Roofing & RemodelingQuality Allied Roofing & Remodeling
Gary y.
Quality Allied Roofing did a great job replacing my roof. Very professional, fast and at reasonable price. I would not hesitate to use their service again in future. Gary
Quality Allied Roofing & RemodelingQuality Allied Roofing & Remodeling
Stan H.
White Star Roofing did an excellent job on such a short notice. I would definitely recommend them and would seek them first if I have any future roofing problems.
White Star RoofingWhite Star Roofing
Aries M.
My roof is made of bitumen and is flat. The area between the roof and the chimney had a crack and drops of water started leaking whenever it rained heavily. This happened during a period of heavy wind and rain in Houston a while ago. The people at Roof Fix responded quickly and was able to give me a few options on how to proceed. They were very professional and involved me in every step of the way. I knew exactly what to expect. They came the next day and finished the work and provided me a picture of the roof. I have had no issues so far and am very satisfied. Also their work has a warranty. I would recommend Roof Fix and seek their services if any future weather event damages my roof again.
Roof Fix HoustonRoof Fix Houston
Michael D.
This company was quick to come out and give us a free and very competitive estimate for our roof. I plan to keep this company at the top of my list when it comes to roof work.
Jesse R.
Very good work and checked my whole roof.
All Over Exterior IncAll Over Exterior Inc
Tijinekia T.
Very responsive and we pleased with the roof repairs made.
White Star RoofingWhite Star Roofing
Garry L.
They got the roof repaired and check for any other issues.
Robles Roofing & MoreRobles Roofing & More
Luke A.
We had an issue with a leaking glue pipe in the roof. He was quick to come with an estimate, was super competitive and transparent with pricing. He also was able to work on the roof within an hour. Excellent stuff.
All Over Exterior IncAll Over Exterior Inc
Duy N.
Reynaldo team did a very good job on my roof. Rey was very helpful and would response my concerns quickly, I would recommend to anyone who needs a roof work 👍
Aztec Contractor'sAztec Contractor's
Tasha S.
Achillies Roofing responded promptly to help me remedy a water leak caused by repairs needed to my roof. They were highly professional and provided high quality service. Very happy with them!
Achilles Roofing & ExteriorAchilles Roofing & Exterior
Rose J.
Carlos was here within a few hours after requesting help and he fixed the problems with my roof. He did an excellent job. I would recommend White Star Roofing to my friends.
White Star RoofingWhite Star Roofing
Christopher D.
Jesse from Robles Roofing did a great job! I had a leak in my roof and Jesse came to look at it to see what the problem was. He gave me the best quote out of all the quotes I got and came the next day! I’d definitely use Jesse again anytime I need anything done to my roof.
Robles Roofing & MoreRobles Roofing & More
David L.
Wonderful job and really helped me out with my roof.
All Over Exterior IncAll Over Exterior Inc
Antoneyo S.
Came quickly and was able to fix my roof at a great rate
Robles Roofing & MoreRobles Roofing & More
Jeanette W.
We received 3 estimates for our roof replacement job. Peter Whitman's was the only one that calculated the square footage correctly the first time out. The work was completed quickly within 3.5 days, including removal of two layers of old roofing - composite over wood shingles. He and his crew were friendly and professional at all times. Our property was always protected from falling debris. The cleanup was quick and thorough. We are very happy with the new roof and with Whitman's Contracting and Roofing company!
Whitmans Contracting and RoofingWhitmans Contracting and Roofing
C. V.
Roof Fix needs to guarantee their work and be responsive to customer' concerns. My experience with Roof Fix was screw you, we do not guarantee our work, go and get another contractor to fix your issue.
Roof Fix HoustonRoof Fix Houston
Mike S.
MDW Roofing (Danny and Team) performed excellent work, punctual aND completed the job as promised on-time. You can't beat the value! Quality 30yr roof with a competitive price. You won't be disappointed with Danny and his Team!
MDW Roofing and Remodeling LLCMDW Roofing and Remodeling LLC
Robert B.
I will recommend All Over Exterior to my neighbors for their roofing needs.
All Over Exterior IncAll Over Exterior Inc
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