How Long Does it Take to Replace a Roof?
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If it’s been a while since you’ve had your roof replaced or this is your first time, you might want to know how long it’ll take. There are a number of reasons to replace or upgrade your roof. It could become damaged over time or start to leak.
Whatever the case, it’s nice to know what to expect. A lot of factors can go into the timetable for your roof replacement, from insurance to the materials you choose. Either way, our experts have come up with the main ones that will affect our project.
Every home is different, with the building type and exterior features. One of the best ways to reduce how long your roof replacement will take is to hire a professional. Even then, some roofing materials take longer to install.
Because of that, your roof might take anywhere from 2 days to over a week for the installation. Rest assured that, after our inspection, we keep labor and materials in mind when we give you a close estimate. Still, let’s explore your roof replacement factors more.
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Materials Make a Difference
Of all the choices you’ll have to make for your new roof, which material is a big one. There are a lot of roofing materials to choose from – for protection and aesthetics. We wrote about this on our blog post, roofing materials around the U.S. Some materials can even increase your home’s resale value. However, you’ll also want to think about the time they’ll take to install.
For example, the most common material is asphalt shingles. These are easy to work with and generally can be installed within a few days. Wood shakes or shingles can take a little longer at 3 or 4 days. Then there’s slate and concrete, which can take a week to 9 days, respectively.
How is Your Home Built?
It makes sense that a roof replacement involves more work and materials for larger roofs. A bigger roof means more square feet to cover, which takes more time. All of this ends up on the estimate, where you might see the phrase “roofing squares.” Measuring a roof can be difficult and we don’t recommend it – but if you want to learn more, check out this article on Bob Vila’s website on measuring your own roof.
All that means is 100 square feet. Assuming you go with asphalt shingles, we can usually do a traditional 1,200 square-foot home in a couple of days. On the other hand, a Victorian home that’s 3,600 square feet can take more than 3 days.
Speaking of Victorian, the construction design of your roof can also play a huge factor. There are all kinds of homes, but types like Tudors and Queen Annes tend to have more inclines, details, and exterior features.
Some of these buildings need unique equipment for proper installation. Of course, that doesn’t mean it’s easier with a shallow roof. We might have to use special underlayment to avoid leaks. Since this is an extra measure, it can make your roof replacement take longer.
Another home-related factor is if your home is deemed “historic.” These protected houses require special permission and possible permits from the state. Unfortunately, this can cause a delay in your roof replacement while we wait for a special permit.
Historic homes also were built with different materials, so we might need extra time to special-order them. Our roofing experts will take great care with your historic home to preserve its foundation, too. We’ll do our best to keep the original integrity intact.
Reasons for a Delay
Waiting for permits and historic materials aren’t the only reason we might have to put off work on your roof. There are several things that can make your roof replacement take longer.
During our inspection, we’ll go through and identify any roofing problems to fix. Unfortunately, we can’t see through walls. When we pull up the outside materials and underlayment, we might uncover damage to your roof deck that needs repaired.
Since the roof deck is responsible for holding everything up, it will have to be fixed before any roofing materials can be laid. Insurance can also play a role, though. Your insurance policy might cover the damages to your roof, in which case you can file a claim.
Insurance companies like to drag their feet on processing claims. That’s because you have to fill out all the right paperwork, let them send their own inspector, and everything that comes after. The good news is that we know how to help with your insurance.
Our experts will get you the best coverage possible from your insurance. With our help, you’ll hopefully only have to cover the deductible. Of course, all of these things are dependent on the weather cooperating.
While we try and wait for roof replacements until the dry seasons, there’s always the chance of random precipitation. Any kind of storm can be dangerous for our roofers, even if there’s no lightning.
We also don’t want rain getting inside your home before the roof is on. If a storm is expected or rolls in, it can add more days to the project for everyone’s safety.
Improve Your Timing
While there are a lot of things that can negatively affect your roof replacement timeline, there are also ways to reduce how long it will take. We want to help you get your new roof as soon as possible. One way is to know when to schedule your installation.
Most of the time, we recommend between late Spring and early Fall. That’s because those are the driest months, typically. However, we know things happen and you might need a roof outside of that time. If that’s the case, you might want to consider your roof in the winter.
We usually have less replacements when it’s cold, so our schedule is more open. We might be able to get to work faster and be done before you know it. Even if you don’t get your roof replaced in Winter, you can still get an inspection. That way, it’s done for the Spring installation.
It also helps to know who you can trust with your roof. Northland Roofing, LLC has a team of roofing professionals. With our experience and knowledge of roofing, we’ll give you a quality roof replacement with the best results.
If your roof is damaged beyond repair or it’s been up there a while, you should look into a roof replacement. We know that it can be expensive, but we’ll do our best to help with the insurance claim and recommend materials for your budget.
It’s a matter of keeping your property and everyone in your home safe from leaks or a potential collapse. We’ll also try to save you money if you don’t need a replacement. Sometimes, it’s enough to just get your roof reshingled.
We are a top rated roofing contractor in Bridgeport, and can help with any of your roofing needs.
How is Reshingling Different?
Shingles are affordable and offer good protection, but they’re between you and the elements. This means that shingles can get blown off, peeled, faded, scraped, or otherwise damaged over time. If you can go without a complete roof replacement, you might need reshingling.
When that time comes, there are a lot of shingles to consider. Our experts will assist you every step of the way, starting with the pros and cons of each shingle type. Since we’re talking about time, though, here’s an idea of how long each shingle takes to install on an average roof:
- Asphalt shingles, 1-2 days
- Wood shingles, 3-4 days
- Slate shingles or tiles, 6-7 days
- Concrete shingles or tiles, 8-9 days
Keep in mind that those numbers are based on a traditional home with 1,200-1,600 square footage. It’s also dependent on the factors mentioned earlier that could delay the project. Reshingling can be affected by those, and a few more.
Things to Think About for Reshingling
The shingles you choose can affect the timetable, as you can see. However, you’ll also have to decide on underlayments and the design of your shingles. How we lay your shingles can take longer and offer different levels of protection, which we know all about.
We’ve already talked about weather, but it’s worth repeating that storms will delay the reshingling. There’s also the size of your home to consider. While this affects your roof replacement in a big way, it also plays a huge factor in the reshingling process.
We can usually reshingle a 1,600 square-foot home in 3 or less days. This can double or be longer than a week if your roof is closer to 3,000 square feet or more. It also depends on the architecture of your home, because the dips and angles can make it harder.
Get More from Your Roof Replacement
When you work with Northland Roofing, LLC, you’re getting our expertise. We’ve been working on roofs long enough to know the top manufacturers and products on the market. Because of that, we know who has the best warranties on their products.
Some companies offer a 5-year warranty, which can look good to a new homeowner. However, 5 years is nothing if you have quality shingles on your roof. Stronger materials, like slate, or different shingle types, like architectural, can last longer.
To put that in perspective, architectural shingles can be on your roof for upwards of 40 years with proper maintenance. A 5-year warranty would mean nothing, so we’ll recommend a brand that offers at least 25 or 30 years. A better warranty also means a confident manufacturer.
Overall, just remember that our professionals can have your roof replacement or reshingling done in 1-3 days or over a week. A lot of factors play into the time needed, from weather patterns to the materials and design, but we’ll work fast to get you a quality roof!