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If you’re considering a new roof, chances are you would like the job done as soon as possible. So how long does it take in general to replace a roof? The roof replacement timeline might surprise you – especially if you’re used to home improvement projects that drag on and on. Your roofing company may be able to install a whole new roof on your house in just one day.
Factors to Consider
Typically, a roof can be replaced in one working day, but the job could take as long as three to five days, especially if:
- The roof is very large, steep, high or has a number of layers of old roofing that have to be removed.
- Rotten or compromised layers under the shingles need to be replaced.
- The roof is very complex, with chimneys, hips and valleys, skylights or other structural elements.
- The roofing materials selected are not typical shingles. Some specialty materials might have to be custom ordered, which could delay the work.
Accessing Your Roof
It’s possible that accessibility might affect the time required to complete your roof project. Your roofing company will need to be able to collect materials taken off the roof for disposal. They also need to move new materials to the roof for installation. Heavy landscaping, fencing or lack of paved access to the house could add time to a roofing project. Basically, anything that slows a project could add to labor costs and lengthen the project timeline.
Effects of Weather
In Florida we have plenty of sunny days that are perfect for roofing work, but storms can set a roof replacement timeline back. It’s important to have dry weather for a successful roof project. If rain arrives during a project, your roof will be tarped to protect it from rainwater and work will continue when the weather allows.
Is It Time?
Before you even think about the roof replacement timeline, you might wonder if a new roof is necessary for your home or commercial building. Consider these typical lifetimes of roofing materials:
- Asphalt roof shingles: 15 to 30 years
- Premium asphalt shingles: 25 to 40 years
- Standing seam metal roofing: Up to 50 years
- Stone-coated steel tiles: 30 to 50 years
- Clay tiles: 50 years or more
To assess whether it’s time to replace your current roofing, ask a roofing contractor to evaluate the condition of your shingles or other roofing.