5 factors that impact how long it takes to replace your roof
As I just said, every roof is different. Well, these differences directly impact how long it takes to replace your roof.
Things like size, complexity, weather, and more ultimately determine the timeline for your roof replacement.
1. The size and complexity of your roof
The most obvious factor is the size of your roof. The more square footage of roofing area, the longer it takes to replace.
However, size is also a piece of something called roof complexity. A roof’s complexity is how it’s cut up with the number of facets, penetrations, angles, hips, valleys, its pitch (steepness), and how high off the ground it is.
(Complex roof replacement)
A roof with multiple facets at different pitches, hips, valleys, a chimney, and skylights takes much longer to replace than a simple roof with two facets and a few penetrations. Multiple stories and steeper pitches also mean extra safety precautions must be taken, which means moving slower and more carefully.
2. The accessibility of your roof
Roof accessibility is the ability to access your roof at a specific point. This access point is crucial for tearing off your old roof, throwing the torn-off materials into a dump truck or tarp, and getting the new materials on your roof for installation.
(Roof with bad accessibility)
If your roof doesn’t have easy access, it adds to the time it takes to complete the replacement. But what impacts a roof’s accessibility?
Below are common things that make a roof hard to access:
Landscaping or rows of bushes below the roof line
A fence around the property
No paved surface near the access point
The neighboring houses are close
Even if the roofs are the exact same, a home that provides an easy access point won’t take as long as a home with the things listed above.
3. The roofing material being installed
The most common roofing material used around the country is architectural asphalt shingles. However, there are plenty of other options that all require different installation methods.
So, the roofing material being installed on your roof has a big impact on how long it takes to replace your roof.Asphalt shingles have the easiest installation, mainly because they come on strips.
However, premium roofing materials like metal, cedar shakes, synthetic shingles, and others are more specialized. Some, like synthetic shingles, are installed one at a time, which really adds to the time it takes to complete the job.
4. The weather on the day(s) of your roof replacement
The weather always affects how long it’ll take to replace your roof. If it rains on the scheduled day of your roof replacement, it’ll be pushed back until it’s dry enough to work on.
If it actually rains during the job, they’ll tarp your roof to protect your home and pick up where they left off next time it’s dry enough to be on it. You also have to think about the temperature when it comes to weather.
If it’s high temperatures, the crew moves slower as the day goes on, plus they’ll need more water breaks. High and low temperatures can also affect the quality of installation, but that depends on the manufacturer’s instructions.
5. Time of year
Just like changing temperatures during different seasons, the time of year impacts a roof replacement’s timeline. More work gets done when it stays lighter outside longer once we spring forward after winter.
That's why March really starts ramping the year up for roofing contractors. The extra hours of daylight mean more time is spent on your roof, which shortens the timeline for your roof replacement.
The opposite happens during the winter months when the sun sets sooner and production has to stop much earlier. It could even take an extra day to complete your roof replacement during the winter or when the days shorten.
What does the roof replacement process look like?
After reading this article, you know how long it takes to replace your roof and the 5 factors that impact the timeline. Luckily, you’ll never be in the dark because your roofing contractor will give you a timeline before it starts.
Unfortunately, things can happen that push back the timeline. Even if this happens, your roof replacement should go smoothly as long as there’s open communication.
But how are you supposed to know what a smooth roof replacement looks like? More importantly, how is it done right?
The last thing you want is for the big day to arrive without knowing what to prepare for or expect. That’s why I wrote another article breaking down the entire roof replacement process.