It’s an age-old question that homeowners ask themselves when they need to replace their roof: how long does it take? The answer depends. There are so many factors that determine how long it will take to replace your roof, including the size and slope of your roof and what material you choose. Today we will discuss these factors, plus others, and explain how long it takes for certain materials to install.
Factors That Determine How Long it Will Take to Replace Your Roof
Many things can make your new roof installation take longer or shorter. From the roofing materials to the weather, here are factors to consider when considering a timeline to install a new roof.
The Type of Roofing Material
The type of roofing material you choose for your roof replacement can significantly affect the timeline, mainly due to specific materials requiring much more diligence and having a more complicated installation process. Most roofers can install a new roof within 1-3 days, but here are specific averages for each type of roofing material and the time it takes to replace them.
- Asphalt Shingles — one to three days
- Flat Roof — two to three days
- Metal Roof — two to four days
- Wooden Shingles — four to six days
- Slate Tiles — four to seven days
- Concrete Tiles — eight to nine days
Note, these numbers vary because of situations that affect how long the project can get done, which we’ll detail below.
The Size of the Project
Obviously, the larger the roof, the longer the project is going to take. Pair that with different roofing materials, and you definitely have a wide range of timelines. For example, a standard asphalt shingle roof will take far less time than replacing a slate tile roof on a large estate.
Roofing contractors will often charge by the square foot, so not only does the size of your roof affect the timeline, but also the cost of your roof replacement. For reference, a roofing company refers to 100 square feet as a roofing square. This helps them quickly estimate when your new roof will be complete.
The Roof’s Slope
The steeper the slope, the more complex a roofing job can get. Roofers will need more gear such as safety harnesses and scaffolding to install on steeper slopes safely. And hauling up material, especially heavy material, will require extra time and energy to get the job done right.
The more experience the roofing crew has, the faster they can work. A highly experienced team of contractors can get most roofing jobs done in a single day, including tearing off the existing roof and clean-up. Contractors who focus on continuous education with their team excel in their installation’s speed and quality. Look for a roofing contractor who is certified and licensed—they will have gone through rigorous steps to install your roof quickly and correctly.
Things like rain, storms, wind, and excessive heat can all delay installing a roof. These conditions not only make it difficult to install properly, but it makes for unsafe conditions for the contractors. Ideally, fall is one of the best times to get your roof replaced because there is little chance for the weather to affect the installation process.
Is your roof easily accessible? What we mean is, will the roofing crew be able to easily navigate your roof and place their ladders and gear in a place that makes it easy to get up and down onto your roof? Accessibility can be a major factor in how long it takes to haul shingles up and down your house. And the harder it is to access your roof, the longer it will take for the team to do it safely and without cutting corners.
If the team goes to tear off your existing shingles and finds structural damage underneath, those repairs are going to take precedence. You can’t install a new roof on top of a poor structure, or you’ll face issues down the road. These repairs can make the timeline much longer, but they will help prevent leaks and will hold up your roof’s integrity for decades to come.
To summarize, the time it takes to get your new roof installed depends on many things: materials, size, weather, accessibility, expertise, and surprise repairs. But overall, with a professional team of installers, and when all goes well, you can expect to have your new roof complete within 1-3 days.
When you are ready to replace your roof, Gouge Roofing can come to give you a thorough inspection, cost estimate, and time estimate. We’ll be there to get your new roof installed as soon as possible.