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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Ashburn roofing professionals
Patrick S.
Sonny's crew did great work on a difficult roofing job; removing and replacing a roof deck over a my ancient roof that needed to be redone. He kept me updated on progress and my tenants were happy with the experience.
Sonny roofing & painting & handyman workSonny roofing & painting & handyman work
Jonathan D.
After experencing a sudden and significant roof leak, Sonny Roofing was able to replace my roof on short notice at a competitive price. His team even worked all day on Christmas Eve to make sure my house stayed dry.
Sonny roofing & painting & handyman workSonny roofing & painting & handyman work
Marina R.
Sonny’s team did a great job fixing our leaky roof. His team was diligent and also helped fix the ceiling under the roof. Great work.
Sonny roofingSonny roofing
Helene W.
Replacing a roof is major project with serious expenses. I recommend anyone considering a similar project to seek out G.T. Roofing. From start to finish G.T. Roofing met and exceeded my expectations. I met with G.T. Roofing just two times to inspect the job site and discuss the details of the work. A few email exchanges later, a written contract was delivered and the project was a go. The whole process was painless. Once the job was scheduled a crew came early on a Saturday morning, tore out the old roof, cut out new attic vents and laid down a new roof system. The new gutters tied the entire roof system to the house and looks like decorative molding. Since the installation in mid -October, my new roof system has already been tested by rain, wind and record temperatures. It performed so much better than my old roof. My roof design is aesthetically perfect and the circulation and moisture inside the house has greatly improved. When the crew first arrived I knew they would be prepared and organized. G.T. Roofing has the knowledge, the means, and the skills to design and complete a project to my specifications. I don’t doubt they can handle even larger residential and commercial projects with the same professional level of execution. If you care about your home, you want a contractor who cares just as much. I am thrilled with the work by G.T. Roofing!
Geovanni Tafolla RoofingGeovanni Tafolla Roofing
Nate M.
Great experience Simone knows roofs well
The British HandymanThe British Handyman
Jonathan D.
MAG Roofing was able to come out on short notice on a Saturday and help diagnose a serious leak with my roof and prevent further damage. They promptly prepared a professional bid for a replacement roof. Ultimately I went with another bid but I really appreciated the work MAG did to help address an urgent issue.
MAG RoofingMAG Roofing
Paul T.
Great experience from beginning to end! - From photos of my roof and gutters BEFORE and then photos AFTER gutters are cleared/cleaned and roof repairs. Would highly recommend. Thanks, Jose.
Jose Mendoza Construction & RoofingJose Mendoza Construction & Roofing
Tom K.
Jose and his crew completed a full replacement of our flat roof and all new sheet metal. I would highly recommend Jose for any roofing project. Great job, pleasure working with you.
Jose Mendoza Construction & RoofingJose Mendoza Construction & Roofing
Ted M.
Geo is a gentleman, and he and his team quickly replaced our roof, doing a total tear-off of our old roof in the process. He sent me pictures with progress each day and did a final walk around the roof with me where he also noted other pieces of siding work I should prioritize before winter rainy season.
Geovanni Tafolla RoofingGeovanni Tafolla Roofing
Charles M.
Had a leaky roof on a day of heavy rain, called Simon and he was very responsive and managed to fit me into his busy schedule. Came over and patched up my roof quickly and professionally. Would hire again.
The British HandymanThe British Handyman
Thumbtack Customer
We hired G.T.Roofing to do a roofing replacement for the mechanical pad where our boiler sits. They discovered that the prior roofing had been installed without underlayment on the joists. Geo came up with an excellent solution and the results are great.
Geovanni Tafolla RoofingGeovanni Tafolla Roofing
Danny M.
Was fast came by today and fix are roof 500 sq feet and Reasonable price
Sonny roofingSonny roofing
Dan F.
Highly recommend! Did an amazing job with inspecting and sealing roof for 6 building.
The British HandymanThe British Handyman
Thumbtack Customer
From the moment that I sent my request into Thumbtack for assistance in finding a roofer the process has gone without a hitch. Geo of GT Roofing responded immediately to my concerns. We arranged a time for him to come over and give me a quote. He was very patient as I asked him a zillion questions on the process. I was so impressed with his professionalism that I did not even bother getting my normal 3 quotes. From throughout the process from start to finish Geo / GT Roofing was unbelievable. I am actually going to miss having he and his workers around. They were a Godsend. I will recommend GT Roofing to anyone that I know looking for either a new roof or maintenance. Thanks Thumbtack and GT Roofing. Money well spent.
Geovanni Tafolla RoofingGeovanni Tafolla Roofing
Evelyn S.
Miguel and his crew were very nice, professional, responsive and efficient! They are a family business and always stress that they want the quality of their work to be the same as if they’re working on their own homes or their family members. They frequently sent pics as the job progressed so we knew exactly what they were doing on the roof. They replaced the actual roof, vents, coverings, etc (don’t know the correct terminology), but our roof looks great, clean and we are secure in knowing that there will be no more leaks in this upcoming rainy season. Happy with the job a d highly recommend MAG!
MAG RoofingMAG Roofing
Kaiyi L.
Jorge and his team helped me to replace a vent cap. They also cleaned up the roof gutters. All this was done in a timely manner.
Art Pro Roofing inc.Art Pro Roofing inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Jose was very responsive and was the first person to come and see my roof on short notice. He correctly diagnosed the problem and gave me a great price. He showed up on time and did the repairs including a few extra ones he found and didn't charge me. I'll use him again for sure if I have any roof issues.
Jose Mendoza Construction & RoofingJose Mendoza Construction & Roofing
Anwaya A.
We used Sonny's services to get a new roof. However, in less than a year of getting a new roof, it started leaking. We kept asking him to come back and take a look. But he kept dodging us with new excuses every time for 3 months and never fixed it. Extremely unhappy with the unprofessionalism and quality of work. Would not recommend his services.
Sonny roofing & painting & handyman workSonny roofing & painting & handyman work
Jennifer S.
Mr. Ortega and his team were responsive. They diagnosed the issue with the roof and the repair comes with a 12-month warranty. Great service and thorough in their work.
AA Ortega ConstructionAA Ortega Construction
Peter K.
I had my asphalt shingles roof replaced. This was probably the best experience I have had with a contractor. Sonny responded to me immediately, gave me a very reasonable estimate without trying to overcharge. His employees were here on time, worked very hard and in a few days they replaced my roof. Excellent quality, professionalism, and value - I recommend this company to everyone.
Sonny roofing & painting & handyman workSonny roofing & painting & handyman work
Monica B.
Thank you, British Handyman, for responding to the needs of our homeowner who had a leaky roof during the heavy rains. We were in need of someone who could respond quickly, as our insured was incurring interior water damage to her home. Handyman was able to go out to determine a section of the homeowner's roof was not replaced correctly. Handyman was able to correct the issue! Thank you, Handyman!
The British HandymanThe British Handyman
Garrett G.
Sonny took care of replacing my patio roof that had been damaged by a fallen tree branch. He was easy to communicate with and the result turned out great!
Sonny roofingSonny roofing
Cathy Z.
Gerardo and Antonio were easy to work with. We had part of the roof redone and all the drip guards refastened, and the gutter seams sealed and they did a good job.
Franco's Roofing and Rain Gutter ServiceFranco's Roofing and Rain Gutter Service
Wesley S.
Our roof sprung a leak during the big storm, and Simon was able to come out early the next morning and patch the cracks that were responsible. Very responsive, great to work with.
The British HandymanThe British Handyman
Karen U.
He is very reasonably priced and did the job quickly and thoroughly. It is difficult for me to assess his work on my roof but it looked fine and I got a warranty, time will tell.
Sonny roofing & painting & handyman workSonny roofing & painting & handyman work
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