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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 Syracuse roofing professionals
Kevin F.
We had some vents in our roof that were not properly sealed, and we called SOS Roofing for help. They were quick and responsive, and did a great job sealing the vents at a good price. They were busy at the time but were able to squeeze us into their other projects, late on a Friday. We were very pleased with their work and would recommend them to others looking for roof work done in the Syracuse area.
SOS Roofing and General contractingSOS Roofing and General contracting
Thumbtack Customer
He showed up when he said he could. He gave me insight as to what was going on with roof. Priced fairly was really nice and professional and did a great job patching my roof. Called on a thursday, squeezed me in and had it fixed by 4pm saturday
BC Property ServicesBC Property Services
Valerie W.
David and his crew did a great job. Happy Happy Happy with my new Roof . Thank you SOS
SOS Roofing and General contractingSOS Roofing and General contracting
Thumbtack Customer
We had a leak in the roof and we called a number of different companies and no one could come look at it. So glad we found Thumbtack and got Kevin's response - he came to take a look at the roof and returned within a reasonable amount of time to fix it. He was responsive and helpful. Would work with him again. Thanks!
Kevin Donath General ContractingKevin Donath General Contracting
Thumbtack Customer
Kevin did a great job. He went above and beyond by touching up the chimney and trim around it. The roof looks great.
Kevin Donath General ContractingKevin Donath General Contracting
Joseph B.
I talked to five different roofing and contractor professionals to do my home. Dave and company are Men. I knew halfway through our conversation that he had the experience to do the job and the ability to tackle any hidden issues that would have to be addressed. His crew was polite. They were fast and they were neat. He handled this project with complete professionalism. I am grateful for an amazing all around job and especially for an awesome looking roof. Special Thanks to Joe. I appreciate the extra effort and care you took to fix the adjoining porch roof. It looks awesome.
SOS Roofing and General contractingSOS Roofing and General contracting
Yvette B.
Dave and the SOS team did a great job replacing my roof! Dave is very knowledgeable and explained everything prior to doing the work. His team showed up on time, worked throughout the day and cleaned up everything as they went! My roof looks great ! I would highly recommend SOS to anyone looking for an honest hardworking reliable contractor!
SOS Roofing and General contractingSOS Roofing and General contracting
Crysten R.
Chris with Squares was great! He and his crew got the job done quickly and efficiently and left the job scene clean each day. The roof looks awesome!
Square Property ServicesSquare Property Services
Doreen J.
The owner, Dave, was very pleasant and knowledgeable, checked out my roof and explained all the options and materials available. There was no pressure. We discussed them, I made my decisions and his team installed my roof and new skylight. They did a great job and cleaned up like they were never here. All around great experience. Will definitely be calling them again for any work I need or want done!
SOS Roofing and General contractingSOS Roofing and General contracting
Carl G.
SOS is fantastic. I highly recommend. David knew exactly what I needed by my description over the phone (roof vent repair). He quoted me over the phone & completed the work within 24 hrs. Other roofing companies wanted to set up a time to visit & give me an estimate....wasting my time for a simple repair. SOS was done before the other companies were just going to show up for an estimate. David is a REAL businessman.....I like his style....practical...to the point....reasonably priced.....and done so fast. Quality workmanship. I'll be using him when my roof needs replacing in a few years. I am so pleased.... Carl Germain, Syracuse NY
SOS Roofing and General contractingSOS Roofing and General contracting
Michael K.
I would hire Jon again. Why? Jon came from over an hour away to take care of my roof repair. He was there when he said he would be there and very honest through pricing discussions, any roof issues, and suggestions. He made sure the repairs were completed with quality, consistency, and to my satisfaction. He is also looking into where I can get replacement architectural shingles in case I need repairs in the future.
Jon Crane Home ImprovementJon Crane Home Improvement
Erin m.
They did Awesome.. though my roof needs more of extensive work I'm very glad they came out and advised me instead of pressuring and upselling and gave pointed me in right direction that's hard to find thank you!
SOS Roofing and General contractingSOS Roofing and General contracting
Thumbtack Customer
I called to have them come back as repair was shoddy and received a call back but they did not come back to correct now I have water coming in the attic as they did not fully cover roof. Ask for refund and never heard back
BC Property ServicesBC Property Services
Edward B.
Kevin Donath General Contracting replaced our roof. He and his staff were polite, picked the debris and cleaned the area around the house at the end of each workday. We are pleased with their work, cost and schedule. We highly recommend his company .
Kevin Donath General ContractingKevin Donath General Contracting
Bill R.
Kevin & his crew replaced a roof on my mother-in-laws house, They did an excellent job and would recommend them to anyone. My only problem with him was a bit of communication as to what was happening with start times due to weather and keeping me informed as tp it,
Kevin Donath General ContractingKevin Donath General Contracting
Valerie G.
Kevin and his crew did an outstanding job from start to finish. The price was more than fair, the work was done quickly, and my roof looks phenomenal. They are working on other projects for me and I could not be more pleased. If I could give 10 stars, I would!
Kevin Donath General ContractingKevin Donath General Contracting
Lewis B.
I can’t say enough about Dave and his crew. We are very, very happy with the work they did for us with our full roof replacement on our 1925 house. We’re extremely pleased with the communication, level of detail, friendliness, and quality of work. I’ve highly recommend this team.
SOS Roofing and General contractingSOS Roofing and General contracting
Andrew S.
Rob and his partner came and helped me with a roof repair and a few other odds and ends on a Saturday when I was available. They did a great job and even found and repaired a small area of missing flashing that I hadn’t noticed and didn’t charge me for it. They were fast and easy to work with.
RS ContractingRS Contracting
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