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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. 

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.

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 lifespans for different materials: 

Roofing material Lifespan
Asphalt 20 years
Metal 40-80 years
Copper 70 years
Clay/Concrete 100+ years
Slate 60-250 years
Simulated Slate 10-35 years

Source: InterNACHI

There are a variety of roofing materials available and appropriate for residential applications. When choosing roofing materials, it's essential to consider the look you want, your budget and the climate in your area. 

Asphalt shingles are one of the most popular types of roofing materials because they are affordable and relatively easy to install. They come in various colors and styles designed to last decades if properly maintained. Asphalt shingle roofs also have a higher fire resistance than other roofing materials (like wood shakes), making them an ideal choice for homes in areas prone to wildfires or other natural disasters. 

Metal roofs are becoming increasingly popular because they offer superior durability, fire-resistance and energy efficiency compared to traditional asphalt shingle roofs. They are available in various colors and styles, making them a good option if you want more customization options. Metal roofs also require less maintenance than other types of roofing materials. 

Tile roofs are an excellent option for homeowners looking for long-term durability and multiple style options. Tile roofs can have great longevity with proper maintenance, making them an ideal choice for those who don’t want to replace their roof too often. Tile roofs typically cost more than asphalt shingle or metal roofs, so if budget is an issue, this might not be the best option for you. Keep in mind that tile roofs are often made out of clay or concrete — both of which are durable.

Slate roofs are known for lasting a lifetime, which means you probably won't have to replace this type of roof. Slate is durable, a curb-appeal booster and a favorite among homeowners. Just keep in mind it can get a bit pricey.

No matter which type of material you choose, make sure that you hire a top-rated professional who knows how to properly install your home's new roof. Search Thumbtack for roofing contractors and companies in your area today.

Related: Buying guide: How to choose the best roof shingles.

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.

Why should I get a roof inspection?

In short, a roof inspection can help protect your home while saving you money in the long run.

Roof inspections provide homeowners with crucial information about the condition of their roofing system. A professional inspector will search your roof for signs of damage that could lead to severe damage and trigger the need for expensive repairs down the road. Start searching for a top-rated roof inspector near you today.


What happens during a roofing inspection?

Roof inspectors are trained to look for signs of a failing roofing system that could lead to damage — especially water and structural damage. Your home's roofing materials may look great from the ground, but it's difficult to see potential damage unless you take a closer look. A roof inspector can do just that.

During an inspection, the professional will typically look for issues that may have occurred during installation and manufacturing. They’ll also keep an eye out for damage caused by normal wear and tear, as well as extreme weather events. They might also access your attic to see if there are signs of a leak in your roof.

Here’s a short list of common things a contractor will look out for during a roof inspection: 

  • Damage caused by hail, wind, snow and rain
  • Missing, broken, buckling, curling or cracked shingles 
  • Roof decay, rot, moss, mildew and mold
  • Rust around the flashing
  • Damaged chimneys and vents
  • Holes, gaps and punctures that could cause a roof leak
  • Water stains and ventilation issues

Hiring a roofing inspector prevents you from having to do the dangerous work of climbing onto your roof. Plus, inspectors know how to assess potential damage and determine the best way to repair your roof and prevent the need for more expensive repairs in the future. Start searching for a roof inspector on Thumbtack today.

When should I get my roof inspected?

Experts typically recommend that you have your roof professionally inspected at least once a year. But you also may want a licensed professional to inspect your roof during these circumstances: 

  • You're buying or selling a home
  • You're filing an insurance claim
  • Before or after a contractor does major work on your roof

Search the Thumbtack site for experienced roof inspectors near you. You can contact them directly to set up a time to conduct the inspection, and learn more about their pricing structure and services.

Reviews for Portland roofing professionals
Thumbtack Customer
Tear off two layers of asphalt roofing. Replaced damaged sheeting on roof. Increase number of roof vents as per code. Add flashing around entire roof and chimney. Install new roof and vent holes in soffits.
Jennifer M.
Infinity Roofing took care of a roof leak in a quick and professional manner. They really came to the rescue for us!
Infinity roofing and construction LLCInfinity roofing and construction LLC
Candy Y.
Hire C and V and the roof starts leaking the first rainy season. They came out to look. Without even removing the debris from roof and replied it is not roofing problem. We then hire painting and inspect the house and repair siding if needed. But nothing is found. I am still with a leaky roof but no response from this company.
C and V General Construction LLCC and V General Construction LLC
Brent J.
IBEX did a great job removing our crumbling, out of service chimney from our roof. The took out the bricks, covered the opening and roofed the section that was patched. You cannot even tell the chimney was ever there. Everyone I talked to was courteous and professional, and the workmanship is excellent. I highly recommend them for any roof repairs. When we need a new roof, I will call them first!
Eric W.
Did a great job roofing my shed.
Dylan's Quality Roofing & ConstructionDylan's Quality Roofing & Construction
VN v.
The roof looks great! Definitely our new roofer.
Dylan's Quality Roofing & ConstructionDylan's Quality Roofing & Construction
Jennifer g.
Kado and the team were great to work with for our new roof! They answered all questions we had, kept to the timeline and did a great job keeping our yard free of roofing nails.
LOHNER CONSTRUCTION "Your roofing specialists"LOHNER CONSTRUCTION "Your roofing specialists"
Michael W.
All Phase replaced a roof for my clients home and did a great job. They were on time and on budget even with some dry rot that was found in the roof sheathing. Will definitely work with them in the future!
AllPhase residential construction llc.AllPhase residential construction llc.
Kevin C.
Everything about MJ's Roofing & Construction was excellent. The estimation process was thorough up front, the price was fair, and the work was outstanding. If I have a need for roofing services again, MJ's will be my first choice.
MJ'S Roofing & Construction LLCMJ'S Roofing & Construction LLC
Nicole S.
Super responsive and professional roofing company! I needed a job done in a huge hurry and baker homes was able to come through for me. Was given a great value for a roofing bid. Highly recommend this company.
DL Baker Homes LLCDL Baker Homes LLC
Robert T.
An honest family business that took my roofing worries away. Hard working Professional employees that care about their work and customers. Highly recommend Giron Roofing! Thank you Beni & Teo!!!!🙏
Giron Roofing IncGiron Roofing Inc
Steven N.
Quick response and work done to leaking roof. Highly recommend.
C and V General Construction LLCC and V General Construction LLC
Robin C.
They did a great job cleaning up the moss on my roof.
Amanda L.
C and V was great to work with and made my roofing repairs easy! These included roof cleaning/moss treatment, gutter cleaning, fascia replacement, and gutter resecurement. Onsite bid was quick. Would highly recommend!
C and V General Construction LLCC and V General Construction LLC
Thumbtack Customer
He did a good job and his price for doing the roof was affordable.
A1 RoofingA1 Roofing
Candice T.
Bellama roofing replaced the roofing on our back pergola. They were not satisfied with the original job they did so they took it upon themselves to do the work all over again and did a great job! I appreciated their integrity and quality of work
Bellama RoofingBellama Roofing
Judy S.
From beginning until the finished roof and gutters it was a wonderful experience. Thank you
Living Hope RenovationsLiving Hope Renovations
Thumbtack Customer
I had a leak in my roof and was leaving town for several days. The crew came out within 2 hours, identified the source of the leak, and put a tarp on as a temporary fix. This was a huge relief for me. They provided an estimate for a repair and a new roof.
Giron Roofing IncGiron Roofing Inc
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent job done. They did everything they said they would and my roof looks beautiful!
Giron Roofing IncGiron Roofing Inc
Thumbtack Customer
We had water leaking into our upstairs bathroom and assumed our roof was leaking. Teo came out and assessed the issue. He determined it was the chimney and not the roof. He photographed the damaged area and emailed us the photos so we could pass it along to chimney repair companies and did this all for free. Teo was very helpful, honest, and quick to respond. We will use him if we have any roofing issues in the future.
Giron Roofing IncGiron Roofing Inc
Naomi W.
My flat roof needed to be pitched and the guys at Pacific Ridge roofing were the ones to do the job. I enjoyed working with them and Mike was very responsive with communicating plans and timelines. They did the work quick and efficiently. Would highly suggest working with this company.
Pacific Ridge RoofingPacific Ridge Roofing
Pam P.
Abaraca’s repaired the flashing on my roof on the same day they quoted the job. I had other similar quotes, and selected Abaraca’s because their solution was better aligned with best practices in the roofing industry. I would use this service in the future for jobs big and small.
Abarca’s roofing and construction llcAbarca’s roofing and construction llc
Alyssa B.
Sam was great - clearly explained the scope of the work and did a great job completing a roof repair
Dylan's Quality Roofing & ConstructionDylan's Quality Roofing & Construction
George W.
Dave Baker knows roofing. He knows materials and job planning. His crew worked Mexican hours--on the job very early, took a long break midday and worked into the early evening. We got a good roof on-schedule and on-budget, and I'd sure recommend them.
DL Baker Homes LLCDL Baker Homes LLC
Alex A.
Quality service and a wonderful experience from start to finish. A pleasure to work with Tony. Highly responsive and professional. Work was completed on time. Back yard left clean and tidy. Would HIGHLY recommend AAK Roofing to anyone looking for a new roof. Five star end-to-end
AAK Roofing, LLCAAK Roofing, LLC
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