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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.

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. 

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.

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.

How can I find out if a roofer is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

To find out whether a roofer is an essential service provider during the COVID-19 pandemic, start by visiting your state or city’s government website. Local governments are providing up-to-date information for residents during this time.

A national guideline is available on CISA’s website, Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19. This page addresses 16 different categories of essential infrastructure sectors, but note that not all jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure.  

Reviews for Parma roofing professionals
Chris D.
Good job on a bad roof
B&R roofing servicesB&R roofing services
Daisha R.
They did a amazing job on the roof repair We appreciate it everything they done. I will recommend them to anyone if y’all need someone to fix your roof
Straight Up ConstructionStraight Up Construction
Nelo E.
He did a great job fixing our roof
DIXON Roofing & Home improvementDIXON Roofing & Home improvement
Patti L.
Nate and his team came by and did my roof repair. They did an excellent job at a reasonable price. Nate noticed the garage had a few blown off roof tiles and had that fixed at no extra charge. I am so glad I called them and when it's time to replace the roof they will be my first call!
Ulman Family ContractingUlman Family Contracting
Thumbtack Customer
Mark and his crew did a great job on my roof and did it within a month of signing up with job wasnt easy do to the fact the roofing shingles being old and the entire roof needed resheeting.i would recommend mark to anybody.these guys do a great job and keep things cleaned up.thanks again mark
Apollo Builders LLCApollo Builders LLC
Patrick F.
They did a good job on the roof. I would recommend them.
Samber Roofing Inc.Samber Roofing Inc.
Kevin B.
Mark and his crew were great! Mark showed up on time, the work was fantastic and everything was cleaned up after my homes roof was complete. If you need a new roof would highly recommend!
Samber Roofing Inc.Samber Roofing Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Job has been quoted and roof has been selected - It was a quick and easy process.
Integrity roofing and siding LLCIntegrity roofing and siding LLC
Jason G.
Great job on my roofing project. 5 star service and will use again. Thanks!
Ulman Family ContractingUlman Family Contracting
Dianne l.
Tony and crew were great! I’d recommend them to anyone looking for roofing work!
Peoples ChoicePeoples Choice
Nicholas H.
Did a great job on my roof and even fixed my gutter that was falling off!
Integrity roofing and siding LLCIntegrity roofing and siding LLC
Leo M.
Had new garage roof installed and new flashing on house chimney. Very happy with the outcome. They completed the job in one day and left a clean work site. The workers were polite and professional. Would definitely recommend hiring Samber Roofing. Thanks Marc !
Samber Roofing Inc.Samber Roofing Inc.
Jen M.
We have a steep complicated roof on our three story Shaker home. Raetrent replaced the leaky old roof and did an excellent job in making it right. They cleaned up their messes, were very hardworking and were friendly at all times. We are very pleased!
Raetrent remodelingRaetrent remodeling
Chuck I.
Vito followed up well to get the appointment set up and did a great job on the roof
Ohio State Roofing and AshpaltOhio State Roofing and Ashpalt
Thumbtack Customer
Apollo Builders did a great job on my roof. I highly recommend them to family and friends.
Apollo Builders LLCApollo Builders LLC
Tameka C.
Sk Exteriors LLC did a really great job. My roof looks great. Thanks Guys
SK Exteriors LLCSK Exteriors LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I've worked with contractors for my entire 40-year career and from experience I can tell you that no job is executed perfectly. Mark Viny is an honest man and made good on his promised efforts. His crew put a new roof on my 75-year old home in one day, including a tear-off of the existing roof. The roof looks great and he provided me with a 5-year warranty on the workmanship. And the few problems that came up during the execution of the work were taken care of expeditiously, because Mark was available throughout the day and took appropriate action as needed. I am pleased with the product and service provided by Mark and his roofing crew at Apollo Builders, LLC
Apollo Builders LLCApollo Builders LLC
Rodger F.
Tony is great to work with for your roofing needs. He communicates clearly about expectations and delivers in a timely fashion.
Peoples ChoicePeoples Choice
Deborah S.
Nate and his crew were great to work with. He came out and inspected my roof and gave me a quote within a day of our first contact, His prices were reasonable and the installation was completed in one day. I would highly recommend this company to anyone looking for roof repair and installation.
Ulman Family ContractingUlman Family Contracting
Vermell H.
My experience with B&R roofing was amazing. Paul worked with me at a time in my life when the walls felt like they where closing in on me. My roof had caved in. B&R got it fixed quickly and professionally. I would definitely recommend them and use them again for future projects.
B&R roofing servicesB&R roofing services
Kevin R.
Got me a very reasonable estimate for my roof. Was polite, professional, and knowledgeable. Would gladly reccomend him to anyone.
Ulman Family ContractingUlman Family Contracting
Pierre W.
The company was a fluid transaction. Took control and made adjustments. The price was right and the work is Professional and looks good. Need a roof call Nick!
Ulman Family ContractingUlman Family Contracting
Ron B.
David Kidd did a terrific job and quickly replaced my roof. His crew was there on time and David supervised thorough work. He did everything promised and more. The cleanup was immaculate. When my neighbor saw the work Landmark did for me, they hired David Kidd for their roof replacement a week later. I will definitely hire Landmark for any other projects in the future.
Integrity roofing and siding LLCIntegrity roofing and siding LLC
Crystal D.
Ulman Contracting was prompt, professional, detailed oriented and did an excellent job on my roof. They left my home and yard clean and undisturbed. I was very pleased.
Ulman Family ContractingUlman Family Contracting
Elizabeth P.
Nate is everything you want in a contractor! He stayed in touch with me, never dismissed my questions or concerns. And as a single women he treated me like a client who had questions and concerns about her roof and not like other contractors that just wanted to know what color roof I wanted. I have already shared his contact information with family and friends. Thank you Nate Ulman.
Ulman Family ContractingUlman Family Contracting
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