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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

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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 East Lansing roofing professionals
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Precicision Roofing to repair a small leak near a vent on a newer roof. They worked with us until the leak was fixed.
Precision Roofing ServicesPrecision Roofing Services
Thumbtack Customer
Rick Mott and his team did a great job on our roof! He completed the roof in a timely manner. Will definitely recommend him to friends and family!
R J Mott ConstructionR J Mott Construction
Phil l.
I knew next to nothing about roof repairs, having never replaced or had repaired my roof. However, when we saw leaks, we knew something was wrong. Kevin from A1 was 1 of 4 contractors that we contacted to help us. From the start of our interaction with Kevin, he told us what to expect, answered our questions, and carried through on everything he told us in a timely manner. He started the job very quickly after our first meeting. I was not able to watch them put the new roof on, as I was hospitalized at the time. However, when I came home, i saw the new roof and am pleased with the outcome. I would trust Kevin and company and would use them again for another project, if needed.
A1 ImprovementsA1 Improvements
Peder B.
Ali was helpful and prompt. He repaired a detached panel on our roof, cleared it of branches and other debris. He did a great job.
Ali jabarAli jabar
Thumbtack Customer
I needed a new roof for a rental home we purchased in East Lansing in April 2014 and had to work with Rick on-line and by phone only since I am out of state and he was extremely responsive to all my emails and phone calls and did the job above and beyond my expectations. There turned out to be damage we did not expect and he took care of everything without hesitation. I highly recommend him for any roofing job...he beat out the competition in price, value, and time.
R J Mott ConstructionR J Mott Construction
Thumbtack Customer
Rick did a really thorough job patching our roof when it sprung a leak. He also did a great job explaining the issue and how he corrected it and what materials he used. His pricing is very fair as well.
R J Mott ConstructionR J Mott Construction
Jennifer G.
Left so many nails in our driveway we got a flat. Also threw shingles in our bushes that damaged them. Told us they would do the siding one day then came weeks later and Never asked for permission to enter our garage at that time.. and we don't like the way the roof and looks. We would never recommend them or go with this company again.
Conrad Consulting & Remodeling LLCConrad Consulting & Remodeling LLC
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