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Virtual Roof Estimates: The Future of Roof Replacements in Tampa, FL

May , 2023 | 11 min. read

By Nicole Corson

Roof replacement in progress on a home in Tampa Florida

Are you dreading scheduling roofing salespeople to show up at your Tampa Bay doorstep? Or worse, spending your entire weekend entertaining a parade of salespeople just to get a roof estimate?

When you could be with the family at the wine festival at Busch Gardens. Or most likely dropping the kiddos off at soccer or dance. 

We get it. As a homeowner, your time is important. Having a salesperson come out and take up your valuable time can be frustrating, especially when all you want is a simple roof estimate.

At RoofCrafters of Tampa, we understand the importance of providing our customers with a convenient and efficient roofing experience. With over three decades of experience providing roofing services, we know the ins and outs of roof replacements, and we're constantly looking for ways to improve and simplify the process. Offering virtual estimates is just one of the ways we can help you. 

In this article, we’re going to cover:

  • What is a virtual roof replacement estimate
  • How a virtual roof estimate works
  • The pros and cons of virtual roof estimates 
  • How to prepare for your virtual roof estimate

And hopefully, by the end, you'll understand if a virtual roof replacement estimate is right for you and can order yours and start to enjoy a hassle-free roofing experience.

Let's dive right in!

What is a Virtual Roof Replacement Estimate?


Couple relaxing on a  couch in their living room ordering a virtual roof estimate

A virtual roof replacement estimate is a simple process where we gather a bit of information from you here online. We'll then order a satellite report of your beautiful home in Tampa. After receiving the report with your home's size and dimensions and the exact measurements of your roof. We'll put together roof replacement options based on the information you provided. We'll then send over a video reviewing the satellite report and the roofing options we provide. 

Virtual estimates are for homeowners who know they need a full roof replacement. Not a roof repair. If you are not sure if your roof can be repaired or needs replacing take the quiz below.

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How Does a Virtual Roof Replacement Estimate in Tampa, FL Work?


With the advancement of technology over the last 2 decades getting quotes has become quicker and very accurate. And getting a virtual estimate has never been easier. Your home may be a little different from your neighbors or your favorite Uncles across town. But for us, having done thousands of roofs over the past 3 decades, most roofs are pretty much the same. 

roof report generated from a satellite image

Yes, roofs will be a different size or shape, but the roof replacement process is still the same. The scope of work is the same. That’s how we’re able to make it less of a hassle for you. Saving you time and your hard-earned money.

The Virtual Roof Estimates Process:

  1. Provide your information: To get a virtual roof estimate, you'll need to provide your name, address, and contact information. We’ll use this to order a satellite report of your roof. And begin preparing your virtual roof replacement estimate.
  2. Make selections: You'll also need to answer a few questions. This will help us better understand what you want in a new roof. (Example: Type of materials you want and the level of workmanship warranty)
  3. Satellite imagery inspection: We'll use high-resolution satellite imagery to measure your roof. The imagery will show details such as the roof's slope and the type. (hip or gable) The placement of vents and chimneys, and most important - your roof's measurements.
  4. Estimate preparation: With the satellite report in hand, we will then prepare a virtual estimate. Taking into consideration the answers you gave us. We'll also provide you with a couple of alternate options for your consideration. 
  5. Estimate delivery: Once the virtual estimate is complete, your virtual estimator will deliver it to you via email. It will come in a video format. The estimate will include a breakdown of the scope of work, the cost, and any other important details about your project.
  6. Follow-up: We'll provide you ample time to review the estimates. Our virtual estimator will contact you to review the estimate and answer any questions or concerns you may have about the estimate. They may also offer to come out and perform an onsite inspection of your roof as a follow-up but only if needed. 
  7. Schedule the work: Once you've made your selections and signed the estimate agreement. We’ll get the permits, pick a date, and schedule your roof replacement. 

The Pros of Getting a Roof Replacement Estimate Virtually


Virtual roof replacement estimates will have a positive impact on busy Tampa Bay homeowners. Freeing up precious family time. It will also help the roofing industry and the economy as a whole. It reduces overhead costs, making roofing services more affordable for you.

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Here’s a list of the pros of a virtual roof estimate:

  1. Saving time and increasing efficiency: By getting a virtual estimate you save time and we save time. You can free up more time to spend with your family and help increase the time the salesperson can spend with homeowners who need onsite inspections. This increases efficiency and productivity.
  2. Reducing costs: Virtual estimates help save on costs associated with travel. Costs such as employee salary, gas, and vehicle maintenance. These savings are passed on to you in the form of lower prices, making the roofing services more affordable for you.
  3. Boosting technology adoption: Virtual roof estimates rely on advanced technology. Satellite imagery and drones. By adopting these technologies, we stay competitive in the marketplace. This leads to helping decrease the cost of our services.
  4. Convenience: Virtual estimates can be done from the comfort of your own home. Making the entire process more convenient for you. You don't have to take time off work or rearrange your schedule to meet with a salesperson.
  5. Improved accuracy: The use of satellite imagery provides accurate measurements of your roof. This helps ensure that you get an estimate that reflects the actual amount of work required.
  6. Faster turnaround time: Without the need for an on-site inspection. Virtual estimates can be ready right away. This means that you can get an estimate faster, which can help you move up the timing of your roof replacement.
  7. Better communication: With virtual estimates, we'll share images and videos of your roof estimate with you. This helps make it easier to understand the scope of the work required. It leads to better communication and better-informed decision-making.

While virtual roof estimates can be convenient and time-saving. There are also some disadvantages to consider. We always recommend looking at any disadvantages before deciding if it's the right option for you.

The Cons of Virtual Roof Estimates: What You Need to Know


While getting a virtual roof replacement estimate does offer many benefits. Nothing can be all rainbows and butterflies, can it? Well, in our eyes, not discussing the cons of virtual estimates wouldn’t be fair.’s a list of the cons: 

  1. Limited accuracy: Virtual estimates rely on satellite imagery. If you have heavy tree coverage it may not capture all the details of your roof. Some roof sections may not be able to be measured and may need a physical onsite inspection.
  2. Limited scope: Virtual estimates are not going to include a full assessment of your roof's condition. They only provide an estimate of the cost of replacing the roof, without identifying other potential issues or areas of concern. So, if you only need a roof leak repaired, you’ll need to schedule an inspection.
  3. Technology limitations: Virtual estimates rely on advanced technologies. These technologies may not always be reliable or may be affected by uncontrollable conditions. Such as tree coverage or high winds.
  4. Limited personal interaction: You won't get the benefit of face-to-face interaction with a sales rep. If you love social face-to-face interaction this may not be the best option for you.
  5. Less detailed estimates: Virtual estimates may not be as detailed as in-person estimates. When our roof estimators do an onsite inspection, they go into the attic to look for wood damage or structural issues. 

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Virtual Roof Replacement Estimate: How You Can Prepare 


Getting a roof replacement estimate in Tampa, Florida has never been easier. By simply providing your information and answering a few questions. You get your virtual estimate delivered to your phone or computer. Here are 3 tips to be best prepared: 

  1. Have your information ready

  2. Know the type of roofing material you want

  3. Decide if you’ll want to finance or pay out of pocket

Your estimate will be delivered in a video. This way you'll be able to take your time and review the estimate at your convenience. 

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Information You’ll Need Ready


To move forward with ordering a satellite report for your property will need the following information:

  • Your first and last name
  • The address of the property
  • Cell phone number
  • Email address

What Type of New Roofing Material Do You Want?


The most popular roofing material installed on homes in Tampa is asphalt shingles. There are 4 styles of shingles to choose from. Architectural shingles are the most popular of the 4 styles.  3-Tab, Architectural, Upgraded Architectural, or Designer shingles are the styles.

image showing the 4 most common roofing material options, asphalt shingles, tile, metal, wood, slate

.If you’re not sure what style is right for you? Check out:

All about asphalt shingles: The 4 types

(If you know you are going with shingles, we’ll provide you with options after we order your satellite report. So don't worry about choosing the exact shingle style or color right now! 

However, if you don’t want asphalt shingles and you haven’t chosen the type of materials. We wrote an article where we cover the average costs of 16 different materials. We'd recommend you check it out:

Popular roofing materials in 2023:What you need to know 

Once you know the type of roof you want. The next step is knowing how you plan to pay for your new roof replacement.

How Do You Plan to Pay For Your Roof Replacement?


A roof replacement is a large investment, so you'll need to decide if you want to finance or if you're going to pay out of pocket. Like most large purchases,(houses, cars, pools, furniture, etc) financing may be the best option. 

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We’ll need to know if you’ll want to finance your new roof before we provide the virtual estimate. Because there are fees associated with financing a roof replacement.

If you know you want to finance you can get pre-qualified here:

Get Pre-qualified - No money down payments

Once you have these items you’re ready to get your virtual estimate. Just one more step.

Ready to Get Your Virtual Roof Replacement Estimate in Tampa Florida?


We understand that getting a new roof can be a significant investment of your time and money. That's why we're excited to offer virtual roof estimates to busy homeowners in Tampa Bay as a way to help you save both time and money.

With virtual estimates, we can help you get the most value for your investment. You'll get the information you need to make a well-informed decision about your roof replacement in the convenience of your home. Without the hassle of in-person inspections and sales meetings.

Why wait? 

Start your journey today by clicking the 'Get My Virtual Estimate' button and discover the convenience and value of a virtual roof estimate.

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RoofCrafters has provided accurate estimates and high-quality roof replacements for over three decades. We have the expertise and experience to guide you through the entire process, from the virtual estimate to the final installation. Our commitment to professionalism, integrity, and excellent client experience will guide our actions.

We understand that choosing a roofing company is an important decision, and we're honored to have the opportunity to serve you. Whether you're a homeowner or a business owner, we're here to help you get the best roof for your needs, at a price that fits your budget. If you'd prefer a traditional face-to-face inspection, you can schedule your onsite inspection below.

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Nicole Corson

At RoofCrafters, our mission is to provide job opportunities for others to thrive and grow while making a meaningful impact within our communities.