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Q & A

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

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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.

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 Lancaster roofing professionals
Julie i.
Had my roof done in a day. cleaned up very well you couldn't even tell they were ever here. The team did an excellent job and my roof looks beautiful. Very pleasant to work with. And one of the best quotes I had gotten. Would recommend this team for sure. They did a wonderful job.
River Run Roofing LLCRiver Run Roofing LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Went very well. Got an estimate the same day! He even patched and fixed some of the roof immediately. Very friendly and punctual.
Blue Collar Construction and Communications, LLCBlue Collar Construction and Communications, LLC
Valerie C.
I hired Blue Collar to replace the roof on my sunroom and also replace my rubber roof above my kitchen. They provided great communication and updates through the whole process. Juan came over and explained the whole roofing process and gave me a run down of all of the materials. When he gave me a quote, he was super detailed and he highlighted the cost of materials and of the labor as well. I never felt like I was being pushed into spending more. One day I had Juan come over to give me an additional quote, he saw me struggling while installing my Ring cameras and helped me at no charge! Ben the owner of the company and his worker came to install both of my roofs. They did it quickly and efficiently. I even gave them some feedback about something I didn’t like and they were super nice about it and fixed it right away. They worked cleanly and picked up all of the old roofing material as well. They provide a 5 year workmanship guarantee which is a plus.
Blue Collar Construction and Communications, LLCBlue Collar Construction and Communications, LLC
Emilie G.
Needed some general roof repair/caulking; they were able to come out within a week of confirming services and did the job as described! Would recommend!
River Run Roofing LLCRiver Run Roofing LLC
Becky m.
I called different contractors and then called Steepside Roofing. Rueben returned contact immediately, offered a reasonable rate with no extra estimation fee. He gave me next-day service at the time I needed while other contractors had a month and a half wait. Rueben was very professional and helpful. I appreciated his quick response and execution of the repairs and would definitely recommend him before calling anywhere else. Thank you Sttepside Roofing for a great job!
JMK Roofing LLCJMK Roofing LLC
Bodie C.
William was beyond excellent. He responded quickly, came out for a quote, and did our full chimney and roof repair within less than a week. Our roof had a gap that let in water and our chimmey crown was starting to deteriorate badly. He had everything fixed up in record time, double layered the gap so it'd be extra leak resistant, and even painted the repair spot unprompted to make it match. I deeply appreciate the professionalism and attention to detail, this is exactly what we were looking for. Top notch work, super happy with the result. Highly recommended!
Ark ExteriorsArk Exteriors
Thumbtack Customer
We set up an appointment to have our roof/skylight inspected and no one showed up. This of course can happen but when no one called and no one returned our voice mail, I had to wonder what kind of a job David Johnson would do if hired. Not a good experience in the Kingdom.
Kingdom Kleaning and Maintenance, LLCKingdom Kleaning and Maintenance, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Being a first time user I wasn't sure what to expect. Wow I am extremely happy with Ben Rodriguez, he responded quickly. Was out for an estimate and worked with me to get our roof replaced His guys were great to work with, left the site clean and did the job in time on budget and I am so happy with their work. I would definitely recommend this company as well as the process on Thumbtack I will definitely recommend Ben Rodriguez to family and friends.
Blue Collar Construction and Communications, LLCBlue Collar Construction and Communications, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
From quote to completion Ben was very upfront with all aspects of the job of replacing the roof on my garage, including pricing, scheduling, and honesty about what needed to be done (and what really didn't). His passion and enthusiasm for getting the job done right was apparent from the time I first met him. I will not hesitate to use his company again in the future and have already recommended him to a few friends. I almost hesitate to recommend him so highly for fear of him getting too busy when I need work done in the future!
Blue Collar Construction and Communications, LLCBlue Collar Construction and Communications, LLC
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