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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 Detroit roofing professionals
Amber W.
We hired Premiere Roofing to tear off an old roof and put on a complete new one. We got a few other quotes and they were very competitive but just slightly cheaper so we went with them. I was impressed with their communication skills and how the roof turned out. I am hiring them for another house we are renovating and would recommend them to others as well.
Premiere Roofing and Construction LLCPremiere Roofing and Construction LLC
Marvin T.
A1 responded promptly with a reasonable quote. Looking forward to having my roof completed.
A1 ImprovementsA1 Improvements
Amber W.
He repaired a hole in the roof and even went above and beyond to try and fix another hole at no extra charge.
Wheat Construction LLC.Wheat Construction LLC.
Holly H.
The new roof looks nice. There used to be several leaks that were causing damage inside the house, but they have been fixed.
A1 ImprovementsA1 Improvements
Esley C.
Jimmy (owner) was easy to work with and very responsive to my needs for the roof. He did a complete tear off and rebuild of my mother's 108 year old house for a very reasonable price winning out six other contractors who was going to do the same job. Some contractors asked for double. He completed the job in one day as guaranteed. I would recommend him for any roofing, siding or gutter job.
Superior Roofing ServicesSuperior Roofing Services
Michele B.
I have been having several issues with the roof of my home since i bought it: I have had a couple of companies give me estimates, and show pictures of their work, so I went with what I had thought was a good choice. The company had ended up starting on my home while I was out of town. When I came back home a couple days later, and pulled up to my home, I was in tears because it looked horrible!! I fired them immediately!! I then came across A1 Improvements. Kevin called and came out to see my home the same day, even though I was an hour and a half away. The professionalism that exuded from him was undeniable! He came with a whole presentation. I learned a lot about roofs that day that I didn't know. Therefore, I hired him. His team came and had the roof done in a matter of hours! HOURS! I was home the whole time...like one minute I hear them and then it went silent. They were done, cleaned up and gone! I look forward to doing more business with them because I never thought a roof could look beautiful, but when I say its nice..ITS NICE, and the value of the house has increased significantly. I never write reviews, I just give stars. BUT! I had to take the time out today to say thank you to Kevin and his team, and if you are looking for a roofing company...look no further...you found them! My neighbors have been complimenting my roof and how fast it was done for days now!! I really thank you guys sooooo much!
A1 ImprovementsA1 Improvements
Shellna M.
I am so thankful for your team putting in the work to replace my roof; fixing the garage structure damage and clean up in only 1 day. Wow, such an outstanding job! Your team is truly a 5 star blessing. Keep up the good work!
A1 ImprovementsA1 Improvements
Onza M.
The project manager Josh Winters was sooo nice and professional. He went up on the roof, showed me an actual video of my roof and explained in great detail what needed to be done. He explained it could possibly be a 2 day job. The crew started early morning and finished in the evening. They were very professional as well. At one point I was having an issue with the color of the shingle and Josh and Austin (production team) addressed my concerns almost immediately. Josh even came to my home the next morning to make sure I was happy with the work. One last thing, the crew did an excellent job with clean up. I highly recommend this company!
Victors RoofingVictors Roofing
Kath F.
They are excellent at their jobs, and knowledgeable about roofing. I also appreciated the fact that they hauled off stuff in my yard and didn't have to. They also seem to have a great work ethic that I appreciate as a female. They did not treat me differently because I'm a female. They did the work they were paid to do. I definitely would recommend them to anyone who wants quality work!
Premiere Roofing and Construction LLCPremiere Roofing and Construction LLC
Joel A.
You will not go wrong when you hire this company. They responded to my request within 1-day and they installed my roof 2 weeks later and took them just 1-1/2 days. I had tried calling a few other companies, but they did not come through. Kevin kept his word all through the process and his guys cleaned up everything!! I would definitely recommend A-1 Improvements to any one looking for a fair price and an excellent job! Keep up the good work!!
A1 ImprovementsA1 Improvements
Mrs. T.
A1 Improvements went above and beyond to be amazing professionals from the first moment I reached out to them on Thumbtack for a roofing job. Nate, Project Manager superstar, really represented the company extremely well. It was so good I had to create a list! 1) They responded quickly to the request for a quote message 2) Nate gave a reasonable and prompt in-person quote 3) Nate provided his cell phone number immediately and encouraged me to call with any and all questions 4) Nate answered the phone day and night. It NEVER went to voicemail 🥰. 5) Nate got the roofing job done EARLY with his crew in ONE DAY 6) Nate provided wonderful customer service from start to finish 7) Nate called me afterwards to make sure he confirmed the job was finished and texted me photos! 8) Nate was super accommodating about payment methods 9) Nate was honest about what we needed and ended up taking money OFF the original contract!! So we paid less than expected!! A1 Improvements is fantastic! If you don’t pick them you’re missing out. Keep up the good work! We’ll be using them again soon!
A1 ImprovementsA1 Improvements
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