Skip to main content

The Guide to Virtual Roof Estimates

welcome to the virtual roof estimation guide

Are you in need of a roof replacement, but concerned about having contractors come to your home, or simply lacking the time to devote to an in-person inspection? Well, we have some great news for you! With the increasing availability of virtual communication channels, it's now possible to get a roofing estimate without having a contractor physically come to your property. That’s right folks, it’s a little something called a virtual roofing estimate, which is a convenient and safe way to get an estimate for roofing work without having to worry about face-to-face interactions. The process involves using technology such as email, video conferencing, and specialized software platforms to send and receive information and images of your roof. It’s really that simple.


While you may be thinking, “Hm, a virtual roofing estimate doesn’t sound like it’d be as accurate as the real deal”, they can still provide a reasonable idea of the cost and scope of the work to be done. So, it is the real deal, just in a 21st-century-progression-of-technolgy sort of way. That being said, it's important to provide detailed information and images of your roof to the contractor to ensure the accuracy of the estimate.


Woah, let’s pump the breaks for a minute. Look, we get it. Having a virtual roofing estimate can be unnerving for several reasons. First and foremost, it's natural to have concerns about the accuracy of the estimate. Without an in-person inspection, you may be worried that the contractor won’t be able to identify all the issues with your roof and may miss important details that could impact the final cost. Not to mention, RoofCrafters' virtual estimate is only available for roof replacements, so if you're in need of a repair, this service is not for you.


If you’re known for keeping it old school, a virtual inspection may not provide you with the same level of reassurance and confidence that a face-to-face meeting with a contractor can provide. Some homeowners may feel more comfortable discussing their concerns and asking questions in person, rather than through a digital communication channel, and that’s okay! If you're someone who’s looking for a hassle-free and safe way to get a roofing estimate, a virtual estimate might be just the answer you’ve been looking for. If that cramps your style, we recommend scheduling an in-person inspection by clicking the button below.


Schedule an Inspection


However, if you’re a gung-ho-technology-pro, we’re glad you’re here. In this guide, we'll walk you through an overview of the virtual estimation process as well as the steps involved in receiving a virtual roofing estimate, and provide you with some tips and tricks to help you get the most accurate estimate possible. Let’s get started, shall we?

Chapter 1

Say Goodbye to In-Person Roofing Estimates: An Overview of the Process

An overview of the virtual process

Virtual roof estimates are a modern alternative to traditional roof estimates. They allow you to get an accurate quote for your roof replacement without the need for a salesperson to come to your home. Instead, virtual estimates rely on advanced imaging technology such as satellite imagery or drone footage to provide an accurate measurement of your roof. 


One of the biggest benefits of virtual roof estimates is convenience. You can get an accurate roof replacement estimate without the need for small talk with a salesperson who’s asking questions and looking to get you to sign a contract on the spot. Which, let’s be honest, can be downright uncomfortable.

To get a virtual roof estimate, all you need is an internet connection and a smartphone or computer. Roofs are a lot like people, so they come in all different shapes and sizes, but keep in mind, unlike clothing rack sizes varying from store to store, the roof replacement process is the same. Overall, virtual roof estimates are a convenient and efficient way to get an accurate estimate. They're incredibly useful to those looking to avoid the hassle of in-person inspections or if you have a busy schedule, all while saving the overhead expenses associated with a salesperson driving to your home. I mean, who doesn’t love saving a little cash?

What Do You Need

How to Prepare

Preparing for a roof replacement with a virtual estimate has never been easier. All you’ll need to do is provide some basic information and answer a few questions, and you'll be on your way to receiving your virtual estimate right to your trusty phone or computer.


Know the type of roofing material you want


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


Keep a computer, smartphone, or tablet with internet access handy

Information You Must Provide

To move forward with ordering a satellite report for your home, the roofing experts will need the following information:

  • Your first and last name
  • Your home adresss
  • Cell phone number
  • Email address

What Type of New Roofing Material is For You?

Hands down, the most popular roofing material installed on homes are asphalt shingles, and there are 4 different styles of shingles to choose from. Traditional asphalt shingles are the most popular of the 4 styles, but the other options include: Three-Tab shingles, Architectural & Upgraded Architectural shingles, or Designer shingles.

If you’re not sure what style of shingles are right for you, click the button below to learn which shingle type is best for you! If you know that shingles are a sure thing, we’ll be able to provide you with a multitude of options after we order your roof report. So, don’t need to worry about choosing the exact shingle style now you have in mind right this moment - you’ll have time to make the perfect choice!

Learn All About Asphalt Shingle Roofs


Three Tab Shingles

Also known as strip shingles, are a specific type of asphalt shingle that is widely used in roofing. Three-tab shingles are named after their distinct design, featuring three tabs or rectangular sections per shingle strip. Each strip is installed horizontally, with the tabs overlapping to create a uniform and streamlined appearance.


Architectural Shingles

Also known as laminated or dimensional shingles, are a type of asphalt shingle that is designed to mimic the appearance of more expensive roofing materials, such as wood shakes or slate. Unlike traditional three-tab shingles, architectural shingles have a multi-layered construction. They are composed of two or more layers of asphalt material, which are bonded together to create a dimensional and textured look.


Upgraded Architectural Shingles

A higher-quality or premium version of standard architectural shingles. While architectural shingles already offer improved aesthetics and durability compared to traditional three-tab shingles, upgraded architectural shingles take it a step further by incorporating additional features or materials that enhance their performance or appearance.


Designer Shingles

Known as luxury or high-end shingles, are a premium type of roofing material that combines exceptional durability with aesthetic appeal. These shingles are specifically designed to mimic the look of natural materials like slate, wood shakes, or tile, providing an upscale appearance to a roof.

If you’re not interested in asphalt shingles and you haven’t chosen the type of material you’d like for your new roof, we recommend you take a peek at our cost guide for all roof types. Of course for the folks that are interested in a sleek metal roof design, we recommend you check out our comprehensive comparison of metal roofing. Now that you’ve got the process overview under your belt, let’s move on to technology requirements!

All Roof Types Cost Guide I'm Interested in Metal Roofing

Chapter 2

What Technology is Needed From Homeowners During a Virtual Estimation?

What Technology Do I Need For The Virtual Estimation

To get a virtual roof estimate, all you need is a computer, tablet, or smartphone with an internet connection, it’s that simple. We will ask you to provide some basic information about your roof, such as its age, the type of material it's made from, and any existing issues or damage. We may also ask for some photos of your roof to help get a better idea of its condition.


Once we have this information, we'll use satellite imagery to get a report of your roof's size and shape. The report provides accurate measurements, as well as the roof slope and the category of roof your trusty defender falls under. From there, we’ll provide you with an accurate estimate for your upcoming roof replacement. Bada bing, bada boom! As I’m sure you’re picking up on, virtual roof estimates are a convenient and time-saving alternative to traditional in-person estimates, and with advancements in technology, they're more accurate and reliable than ever before. As a homeowner, you have the option of receiving your estimate via video format within a preferred email, or a personalized Zoom meeting with your virtual estimator.

So, What Technology Will the Experts Be Using?

I’m glad you asked. We'll use high-resolution satellite imagery to inspect your roof. The imagery will show details such as the roof's slope, roof type, and placement of vents and chimneys. With the satellite report in hand, we'll prepare your virtual estimate. We'll also provide you with 1-2 alternative options for your review. Once the virtual estimate is complete, your virtual estimator will deliver it to you via email in video format. The estimate will include a breakdown of the scope of work, the cost, and any other important details.

roof report generated from a satellite image
Does It Really Work?

Satellite imagery has been used by roofers for quite some time, although the specific adoption of satellite imagery in the roofing industry can vary depending on factors such as technological advancements, availability, and affordability. While it’s not new technology, it's a new service that RoofCrafters is eager to offer to homeowners in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.

With the advancements in satellite technology, particularly in the 2000s, satellite imagery became more accessible and affordable for the roofing industry to offer. Higher-resolution satellites, such as those used for mapping and remote sensing (which RoofCrafters uses), provide detailed imagery that allows our estimators to assess roofs more accurately.

In recent years, satellite imagery has become increasingly integrated with mapping and measurement software, enabling roofers to extract accurate measurements, identify potential issues, and generate detailed roof reports remotely. This integration has streamlined the roofing process, improved efficiency, and reduced the need for physical site visits. It’s all about convenience, folks!

Chapter 3

Virtual Estimate: 3 Steps Closer to Your Dream Roof

The Virtual Estimation Process

This virtual estimate process is a lot like any other online experiences you may have had, like shopping online or ordering your favorite flavor of disposable coffee pods directly to your doorstep. At the end of the day, it's all about convenience and saving you time. We'll help you along the way by providing you with all of the feasible options and easing any stressors that may arise. We'll also cover all the important details so that you can make a well-informed decision about your investment, with no high-pressure sales tactics. 

Think of it like buying a car online; You provide the necessary information. What type of car are you interested in? Do you want the fuel-efficient V6 motor or the extra power of the V8? Leather or cloth interior? How long of a warranty? Alright, alright, you get the point. We provide you with the car you want, er, roof, while you sit back, relax, and sip your latte. 

Virtual versus in person roof estimate

Virtual estimates are simple, convenient, and hassle-free. So, if you're dreading a face-to-face meeting with a salesperson, or dealing with the hassle of scheduling a meeting, a virtual roof replacement estimate might be the perfect solution for you. Now that you know what a virtual roof replacement estimate is and how they work, you're probably wondering how you can get your very own for your home. Not to worry, my fellow roofing savants, the process is quite simple. Without further ado, let’s get into the 3 steps of the virtual estimation process.

satellite image showing a satellite facing the earth
Chapter 4

Step 1 of the Virtual Estimation Process

Step 1

Click the 'Get My Virtual Estimate' Button Below

The first thing you need to do is click the "Get My Virtual Estimate" button on the page below. This will take you to a form where you will provide us with some basic information about your roof and your contact information - all pretty standard stuff. No mother's maiden name, blood, or bone marrow samples needed! 

roofcrafters crew on roof
Chapter 5

Step 2 of the Virtual Estimation Process

Step 2

Provide the Necessary Information

We'll ask for your contact information, including your name, address, email, and phone number, as well as your best method of contact for receiving your virtual estimate, which would be your preferred email or a Zoom meeting. It's 2024, so no snail mail or faxes. This will allow us to send you your virtual estimate as soon as it's ready, as well as to follow up with you if you have any questions or concerns. Next, we'll ask you a few questions, such as the roofing materials you’d like to use, and the level of warranty you're looking for. These questions will help us better understand your needs and provide you with the most accurate estimate possible.

dark gray shingle replacement2300 (1)
Chapter 6

Step 3 of the Virtual Estimation Process

Once you've provided the necessary information, we'll take it from here. Again, we'll use high-resolution satellite imagery to measure your roof, then we'll prepare the estimate and deliver it to you via email in an easy-to-watch video format, or a Zoom meeting. We'll provide you with ample time to review the estimate and answer any questions or concerns you may have about the process.

Birds eye view house outline
Chapter 7

How to Prepare for Your Virtual Roofing Estimate

Preparing for a virtual roof estimate can help streamline the process and ensure you receive an accurate quote. Before requesting an estimate, make sure to gather the following:

  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
Virtual Estimate Birds Eye View

Information You’ll Need Ready

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

Pro tip: the more accurate and comprehensive the information you provide, the more concise the estimate will be. If you have any questions or concerns about what information to provide, don't hesitate to ask the contractor for guidance or clarification.


First and Last Name


Property Address


Cell Phone Number


Email Address


Preferred method of contact

Which Roofing Material Will You Choose?

When choosing your new roof, it's essential to consider factors such as climate, home design, maintenance requirements, and budget when selecting a material. With that in mind, we’ve included the 6 most popular residential roofing materials and their descriptions to help you narrow down your options.

Select Your Warranty

RoofCrafters offers GAF Silver and Gold Pledge warranties, as well as System Plus. GAF is one of the largest roofing material manufacturers in North America, offering top-tier protection for your roof. These warranties require that the roofing system be installed by a GAF Master Elite™ Contractor.  RoofCrafters is a GAF Master Elite™ Contractor, who are factory-certified professionals that have met the requirements set by GAF. Hiring a GAF Master Elite™ Contractor ensures that the roofing installation meets GAF's high standards. So, what’s the difference?

FAQs About Warranty's

Workmanship Warranty vs Manufacturing Warranty

What Does Duration Mean?

What Does Transferability Mean?

What Does Basic Coverage Mean?

What Does Upgraded Coverage Mean?

What is Enhanced Wind Coverage?

How Do You Plan to Pay?

A roof replacement is a large investment, so it’s important to decide if you’re planning on financing or paying out of pocket. Like most large purchases (homes, cars, pools, furniture, etc), financing may be the right option. There are some fees associated with financing a roof replacement, so, we’ll need to know if you’d like to finance your new roof before we provide you with the virtual estimate. 


If you’re interested in financing, you can speed up the process by clicking the “get financing” button for prequalification.


Get Financing


If you have a little spare cash in your piggy bank and you plan to pay out of pocket for your roof replacement, all the power to you! You’ll simply let the contractor know you’ll be paying in full for your upcoming roofing project, and they’ll be in touch with you about important details such as payment rates, amounts, dates, etc. 


Once you have these 3 items ready, you can get started with your virtual estimate!

Ready For Your Virtual Inspection Adventure?

As you now know, receiving a virtual estimate for your roofing project can be a convenient and practical option for homeowners. While you may think it may not offer the same level of precision as an in-person inspection, a virtual estimate allows you to obtain an initial assessment of the cost and scope of the work without the need for contractors to physically visit your home. That’s right, you can stay in your PJs all day without judgment. 

Virtual roof estimate final step

Virtual estimates provide flexibility, especially in situations where in-person interactions may be limited or inconvenient due to a busy work schedule or family life. They save time and effort by allowing you to communicate with contractors remotely and share information and images of your roof to get an estimate from the comfort of your own home.


Remember, it's important to provide accurate and detailed information to the contractor to ensure a more accurate estimate. Clear photographs and a description of your roof's condition help the contractor make a more informed assessment. Be sure to communicate openly with the contractor and address any concerns or questions you may have. The contractor will be eager and willing to guide you through the virtual estimate process and provide the necessary information to help you make an informed decision about your roofing project.

Ultimately, a virtual estimate can offer you a convenient and efficient way to gather preliminary information and estimates for your roofing needs, helping you take the next steps toward ensuring a well-maintained and secure roof for your home. So, what are you waiting for? Schedule your virtual roofing estimate, today.

birdseye view of a roof replacement in progress