Factors That Determine Roof Replacement Duration


If you are gearing up for a roof replacement project, you may wonder how long it would take to replace the roof so you can resume your normal life. Well, the roof replacement duration depends on various issues, some of which are discussed below.

The Roofing Material

Heavy or delicate roofing materials take a longer time to install than light and sturdy materials. Some materials also require special installation procedures that lengthen the installation duration. For example, slate is fairly heavy and delicate, which are some of the reasons slate roofs take longer to install than, say, asphalt shingle roofs.

Also, using the same roofing material as the one you want to replace is faster than switching to a different material. If you switch to a different material, the roofing contractor may have to make some modifications to the roof before covering it up.

The Status of the Support Structures

Replacing both the support structures and the roof covering takes a long time than replacing the roof covering alone. In most cases, you only need to replace the roof covering. However, if your house has suffered extensive damage, you might have to replace other parts of the roof too, and this takes time.

The Roofing Design

The more complicated your roof design is, the longer it will take to install. For example, a flat roof is fairly simple to install and doesn't take a lot of time. However, a pitched roof with multiple valleys and ridges is fairly complicated and will take a longer time than a flat roof over a comparably-sized house.

The Need for a Tear Off

If you have asphalt shingles on your roof, you can either tear them off and install a new layer or install the new layer over the old ones. Your personal preference, the number of existing roof layers, the status of the support structures, and the local laws all determine whether this is possible. However, tearing up the old roof increases the replacement duration.

The Size of the House

The size of the house is the most obvious factor that determines the replacement period; the bigger the surface area of the roof, the longer it takes to replace. However, residential roofing companies often compensate for this by increasing the number of roofers on a project if the property is huge.

The Prevailing Weather

Lastly, the prevailing weather also affects the replacement speed. For one, the roofers can't work fast enough if the temperature is extremely high or low. Secondly, roofing cannot be done during extreme rainfall or snowfall, so either can prolong the replacement duration.


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