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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 Chesapeake roofing professionals
Jora O.
Ramon and his crew did an excellent and efficient roof replacement in one day! Ramon was extremely knowledgeable in helping us through our insurance claim and whatever needed to be done to make the process as smooth as possible. I would highly recommend 64 Roofing LLC.
64 Roofing LLC64 Roofing LLC
Roselyn R.
Angel responded the same day I posted my request. Came over the next day to review the work needed. Gave me a decent quote for work requested. Scheduled the work for Friday. Called on Thursday to set up a time. He happened to be free on Thursday afternoon so he and a helper showed up that afternoon as promised. Completed the work in short order. I will hopefully be hiring his company in the fall to do a full roofing replacement. July 2019 update. My roof started having more issues so had Angel and Co come and do a full roof replacement. He came and did the roof review right away and had the new roof installed within one week. We've had two big storms since the install and am not having any issues. Thanks so much.
Xport RoofingXport Roofing
Thumbtack Customer
Ricky & his crew were curtious performed the work quick & professional. After installing my roof they cleaned up so good you could not tell they had been around except the new roof. I would recommend Ricky & his crew to my best friend.
Ricky Shakallis RoofingRicky Shakallis Roofing
Thumbtack Customer
Hired Ricky was professional talked few times on phone explained in detail problem with roof. Ricky brought samples to home was easy to understand and gave great estimate. Crew showed up on Saturday morning very courteous and did a great job. Would recommend Ricky Shakallis to anyone needing a roof.
Ricky Shakallis RoofingRicky Shakallis Roofing
The Crew that Angel used to Install my Roof were on time, very Professional, and did an outstanding Job. Due their attention to Details and Quality of the material they use, you get an Excellent Value for your money. I highly Recommend you call Xport Roofing if you want a Contractor who is Fair and Honest.
Xport RoofingXport Roofing
Clarence H.
Xport Roofing did an excellent job. I am very pleased with their professionalism, they showed up on time for the estimate and took time to explain exactly what the process entailed. After the job was completed, they did a very thorough cleanup. I'll definitely use them in the future for all my roofing needs. Job well done 👍🏽.
Xport RoofingXport Roofing
Jeff F.
Had to get my roof repaired. Communication was great and the job turned out as promised. Very professional and would use again.
New Look Home Improvements : Class ANew Look Home Improvements : Class A
Tiffany H.
Tim came out the next day and repaired my roof very quickly and was great to work with! I will definitely be using them again!
Coastal TouchCoastal Touch
Brenton A.
LGFMH did a great job on my roof. I contacted them on a Sunday and they came out the next day to repair it. I will use them again
LGFMH ConstructionLGFMH Construction
Thumbtack Customer
Thanks to Ricky Shakallis and his crew, our roof looks outstanding. We found him to be very knowledgeable, flexible and honest. We didn't have to put any money down which was a plus compared to other roofing companies. He came out and gave us a quote within two days and worked around our schedules. Within a week we had everything set to get our roof done. His crew worked very hard and got the job done in a timely manner. By the time they left, everything was cleaned up and looked great. We are very pleased with the experience and will definitely do business with Ricky again.
Ricky Shakallis RoofingRicky Shakallis Roofing
Curtis P.
My tenant managed the roofing project but all of my communication with Ricky was professional, prompt, and courteous. I would gladly use him again for any future projects.
Ricky Shakallis RoofingRicky Shakallis Roofing
Lashaundra M.
The company was very professional and was able to come out the next day to repair my roof and at a very reasonable price. I would definitely recommend and use this company again!
Xport RoofingXport Roofing
Thumbtack Customer
Carlos fixed the leak in my roof and power washed the house in one day. He is friendly, efficient and reliable. I would definitely recommend VarCon to my friends and family!
VarCon Corp.VarCon Corp.
Rachel R.
Xport Roofing came and replaced/repaired fascia wrapping that was damaged during a wind storm. They did and amazing job in a short amount of time. They were very professional and friendly. I would highly recommend them!
Xport RoofingXport Roofing
Cynthia c.
Kelvin and his team did an amazing job on our roof repair. Very polite,professional and the quality of the work was excellent! On time and completed the job within hours. Will definitely use again and would highly recommend!
KD contractor LLCKD contractor LLC
Raymond E.
Very reliable company! Work quality, responsiveness, and professionalism were great! Came out the next day after the request and was able to fix it. I would definitely recommend this company and will definitely use for any roofing needs in the future.
LGFMH ConstructionLGFMH Construction
Randi R.
Kelvin is a honest, hardworking owner of this company. He communicates very well throughout the process. Pricing is very reasonable and the workmanship is very well done. I highly recommend using Kelvin and his team for your roofing needs!
KD contractor LLCKD contractor LLC
Ray A.
Workers were on site on time and completed the roofing and siding in one day! My experience with Ricky has shown me he is a very honest and trustworthy individual who takes great pride in his work. I strongly recommend him with a 5-star rating.
Ricky Shakallis RoofingRicky Shakallis Roofing
Thumbtack Customer
They started at 7:00 am, tore off shingles replaced plywood and put 41 squares down in a days time and at a good price. Ricky is very trustworthy and upfront and doesn't try to sell you stuff you don't need and his crew is out of this world. The roof looks GREAT!!!
Ricky Shakallis RoofingRicky Shakallis Roofing
Thumbtack Customer
Ricky Shakallis was professional, informative and passionate about his work. His team was fast and efficient, leaving my yard almost more immaculate than it was before they came! My new roof is beautiful and I will be hiring Ricky and his team to do further projects. I highly recommend them!
Ricky Shakallis RoofingRicky Shakallis Roofing
Safonya M.
Ricky and his crew did a wonderful job with our roof. He is extremely professional and knowledgeable. He took the time out to answer all of our questions. His communication is impeccable. We postponed a couple days due to the weather and that put our mind at ease. It is obvious that Ricky takes his business very seriously and I was very pleased with everything from beginning to finish.
Ricky Shakallis RoofingRicky Shakallis Roofing
Kristen T.
Kelvin and his crew are fantastic. They were on time and completed the roof in one day. When Kelvin came out the first time to give me a quote, he explained to me that depending on plywood under old shingles the price may change a little. His attention to detail was amazing, he showed me thru pictures how many plywood needed to be changed out before he put the shingles on. That attention to detail was amazing. The price was still relatively cheap considering I have a 2 story house. When the project was done, which only took one day, it looked as if they were never there. They cleaned everything up, put everything back the way it was. I would definitely recommend them.
KD contractor LLCKD contractor LLC
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