It’s a rite of passage for homeowners— getting a roof replacement. Whether you’ve just moved in and the roof needs immediate attention, or you’ve lived in your home for years before the roof started to deteriorate, it can be intimidating to face the music.
It’s a good idea to do exactly what you’re doing right now and read up about the roof replacement process so that you’re fully prepared with information about:
- Durable roofing material options 💪
- Average costs & financing options 💸
- Warranty offerings 🏅
- The average project timeline ⏰
As long as you work with a highly-rated, professional roofing company, the project will be much less stressful than it may seem at first.
Bondoc Roofing is here to help. Today we’ll be answering, “how long does it take to replace a roof?” The answer might surprise you!
How Long Does a Roof Replacement Take?
The average roof replacement only takes 1-2 days, and most are completed in 1 day! For an average-sized house under 2,500 square feet, you can expect minimal disruption to your life.
Most homeowners don’t realize how quick a total roof replacement can be under optimal conditions. Many people anticipate that the project will take weeks, and that can be quite an intimidating thought. Thankfully, you’ll only have to deal with the noise and clutter for a day or two, and then your professional roofing company will clean up your property and leave it better than they found it.
What Can Affect the Timeline? 6 Considerations
It’s not written in stone that every roof replacement will only take 1-2 days. While that’s the average turnaround time, there are a handful of factors that can cause your roof replacement project to take a bit longer. Let’s take a closer look at the top six considerations that can increase roof replacement turnaround time.
1) Professional Crew vs. DIY
One of the biggest contributors to a one-day roof replacement is a skilled professional roofing company. If you work with a qualified roofing contractor with many years of experience, you can trust that they have the crews to be able to perform an efficient and high-quality roof installation.
If you go the DIY route or hire a “Chuck in a truck” handyman from down the street, you can expect your roof replacement to take closer to a month. Working by yourself or hiring a one-man operation will greatly delay the completion of your roof replacement.
While you may save a few bucks trying to do it yourself, just keep in mind that professional roofing companies are able to offer warranties that back up the quality of their work. It’s better to pay for a quality job to be done right the first time rather than shelling out money to fix leaks and issues if your roof wasn’t installed professionally.
2) The Weather
You can imagine why it’s not good to install a roof while it’s raining. Not only will it pose a safety threat to your contracting team, but it could also cause immediate water damage to your home! Types of weather that can delay your roof replacement include:
- Rain ☔️
- Lightning ⚡️
- Hail 🧊
- Extreme heat or cold 🥵
- Snow ❄️
If inclement weather is in the forecast, your contracting team will work to reschedule your installation date ahead of time. If it arises unexpectedly in the middle of your project, the roofing crew will secure a tarp over your roof to protect your home from water damage and return to your property as soon as it’s safe to do so.
3) The Size of Your Property
It may go without saying, but the larger the property you have, the longer the roof replacement will take. A smaller home under 1,000 square feet will almost certainly be completed in one day. But a shopping center or large condo association? That will likely take multiple days and up to a week or two, depending on the square footage.
Most average-sized homes that are under 2,500-3,000 square feet can usually have a new roof in just 1-2 days. (Unless, of course, you run into one of the other factors on this list.) Larger homes may take 3-4 days or more.
4) Material Choice
Most homes in the United States have asphalt shingle roofs. But that isn’t the only material available to you! Asphalt shingles are popular because they’re affordable, lightweight, and easy to install while still offering a decent lifespan. If you are getting a new asphalt shingle roof, you can expect the replacement to only take a day or two.
However, if you want a more durable material that lasts longer, you might consider metal roofing, clay tiles, or concrete tiles. These materials are enticing to homeowners who plan to stay in their homes for a long time and don’t ever want to pay for a roof replacement again.
- Metal roofing can last 50+ years and can take 2-7 days to install, depending on the scope.
- Clay and concrete tiles can last up to 100 years and may take a week or two to install.
5) Roof Scope
Roofing is a dangerous job! If your roof is particularly steep or has many hips and valleys, your contracting crew will need to work a little slower. This ensures that the crew stays safe and that your roof is installed properly. Speeding through complex areas of your roof can leave you with a low-quality result!
6) Property Accessibility
If your roof is tricky to access, it may add a few hours or an extra day to your project. Roofers need to climb up and down from your roof multiple times throughout the project to dispose of old materials and grab new ones. If you live in the middle of a large city where houses sit close together, the project may take a touch longer than if you live in a rural area and have plenty of open space around your roof.
Other accessibility considerations include:
- Bushes and landscaping
- Large trees that hang over your roof
Get a High-Quality and Professional Roof Installation
At the end of the day, the best recommendation we can give is to leave your roof replacement in the hands of a qualified professional roofing company. You can vet local roofing companies by reading online reviews, confirming licensure, and asking about warranties.
Here at Bondoc Roofing in the San Antonio area, we’re proud to execute outstanding roofs with minimal disruption to your life. When you work with us, the roof replacement process is as stress-free as possible.