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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 I choose the best roofing contractor?

Choosing a roofer starts by reading reviews online. Compare customer ratings of roofing contractors and companies to identify pros with a good track record of craftsmanship and customer relations. Some reviews may also have photos of completed roofing jobs.

Many states require a license for someone to do roofing work, so make sure the companies you’re considered are licensed. Also, look for contractors and companies with several years of experience. 

Before you make your final choice, contact several roofers near you to get free estimates and quotes. Ultimately, choose the roofer that will do high-quality work for a reasonable price. 

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

Contact the best roofers near you to get started on your roofing project today.

Does homeowners insurance cover roof replacement?

Homeowners insurance generally covers roof replacement if the roof is damaged by a natural disaster or a sudden accident, according to Investopedia. However, insurance companies often won’t cover roof replacement costs if the roof is older than 20 years. Read your insurance policy to find out what types of roof repairs or damages are covered.

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.

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.

Do you tip roofers?

It’s not customary or required to tip roofers. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t tip, but it is generally not expected. If you do decide to tip, you can give the tip to the foreman or distribute it yourself. 

Another idea to show your appreciation is to surprise the crew with coffee, water, snacks, breakfast or lunch when they arrive at the worksite. 

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.

Reviews for Somerville roofing professionals
Brian L.
Craig the owner of Coverall Roofing is courteous and professional. He explained why a couple of shingles from my roof fell off and fixed the issue at a reasonable price. I’m happy with his work and I would highly recommend Coverall Roofing to everyone.
Coverall Roofing and HomeimprovementsCoverall Roofing and Homeimprovements
Joseph G.
Needed an emergency rubber roof repair for commercial building, as 1/2 roof folded over and destroyed the chimney, during latest storm. Within an hour if my call, they were able to show up with strapping, & temporarily fix the major issues within a couple of hours. Would highly recommend and will be hiring again to re-do the roof.
Vellox Construction & RoofingVellox Construction & Roofing
Brendan O.
Same Day was great. They were quick to respond to an urgent roofing issue that I had. They were very knowledgeable on what needed to be done and got the job done in no time. I will definitely use them for future roofing needs.
Same Day RoofingSame Day Roofing
David P.
Awesome experience: great communication, quality work, excellent all around. I needed several different repair jobs done (roofing, gutters, tree pruning), and they finished everything plus a couple other necessary repairs that they noticed while working. Highly recommended!
Aiden&Chris Cleaning serviceAiden&Chris Cleaning service
Shauna R.
Mario was great to work with. He came right out and helped my mother with her bay roof. They had zero problems and he got back to us immediately. His clean up was also great which they appreciated. We would definitely use him again!
DeCarney RoofingDeCarney Roofing
Kevin J.
Excellent. They were the only contractor I spoke with, of the 5, that actually went on the roof and gave us an honest estimate. Gleyson, my contact, was very responsive and three days after we had a signed quote, the work was done with photographic evidence. I would hire him again!
Vellox Construction & RoofingVellox Construction & Roofing
Thumbtack Customer
Citadel repaired multiple leaks on our flat rubber roof and I was extremely happy with the experience. Greg was very responsive and easy to get in touch with. He provided a detailed and clear estimate with multiple options, as well as photos & video to show us exactly what the issues were. I would definitely recommend to friends & family.
Citadel Roof SystemsCitadel Roof Systems
Lynda W.
Marcus gave us a fair price for repairs to our 15 year old roof, found shingles that matched very well, came when he said he would, charged what he estimated and did an excellent job. His crew was polite and efficient. Very glad we found this company and would absolutely use them again.
US Home Construction IncUS Home Construction Inc
John R.
We hired Eli (Melotti Group) to repair a dormer/skylight on the roof of our 3.5 story urban home (not a job for the faint of heart). There was a leak causing interior water damage; the exact source of which was not easily discovered due to the unknown installer's poor workmanship and a location basically out of site from ground level. Eli was prompt in his arrival to give us an estimate and took extra care to thoroughly inspect the area in order to diagnose the source of the leakage. He presented a clear description of his recommendation for repair verbally and promptly followed up via email with a typed, descriptive and professional quote. His pricing was very reasonable compared to the 2 other quotes we received. Of the three people who came to view the job, Eli was the most passionate about correcting the root cause and gave which seemed (to me) to be the most sensible approach. Once we agreed to move ahead, Eli offered to swing by our house to pick up the deposit check, we both singed a the job's contract, and the project was completed 3 business days later. I could not believe how quickly he executed this work. Eli was professional, communicative and graciously accommodated a few last minute schedule changes I needed to request. If you are looking for an honest and independent company for your home repairs, I highly recommend Eli/Melotti Group.
Melotti Group  Renovations and RepairsMelotti Group Renovations and Repairs
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