Are you ready for a new asphalt roof? Is the day of your asphalt roof replacement coming up? 

If so, you’re probably wondering how long it’ll actually take to complete your replacement. Because we want to help every homeowner understand their upcoming roof replacement, we're going to break it down. 

The team at Bill Ragan Roofing has provided high-quality asphalt roofing services in Nashville and surrounding areas since 1990. We strive to give you an experience rare in the roofing industry through honesty and education. 

By the end of this article, you'll learn how long it takes to replace your asphalt roof and the factors that impact the timeline to complete your replacement. 

How long does it take to replace your asphalt roof?

No two asphalt roofs are going to be the same. This means the timeline for your asphalt roof replacement will be different than your neighbor or the other houses in your neighborhood. 

So, how long will it take to replace your asphalt roof? As long as the weather cooperates and your asphalt shingle roof is a regular size (3,000 square feet or less), it can be replaced in a day. In extreme cases, it could take three to five days. 

how long does it take to replace your asphalt roof

If you have a large home with a complex and hard to access roof, it could even take up to three weeks depending on the weather. But if you have a normal-sized (middle class) home, your asphalt roof can typically be replaced in a day.

What factors into how long it'll take to replace your asphalt roof?

Now that you know how long it typically takes to replace your asphalt roof, you’re ready to learn the factors that impact that timeline. Factors like roof complexity and accessibility play a major role in the time it takes to replace your asphalt roof.  

The time of year your asphalt roof is replaced

The longer it stays lighter outside, the more time your local roofing contractor can spend working on your roof. That’s why the time of year plays a big role in how long it takes to replace your asphalt roof. 

March really starts ramping the year up for roofing contractors because it stays lighter outside longer once we spring forward after winter. These extra hours of production allow installers to spend more time on your asphalt roof, which leads to finishing your replacement quicker.

Even if you have a large and complex roof, the extra sunlight can lead to your asphalt roof replacement being completed sooner. The opposite happens during the winter months. 

When the sun sets earlier, it means less production. If you get your asphalt roof replaced during this time, it could take an extra day to complete the process.

How complex your asphalt roof is

The complexity of your asphalt roof is how it’s cut up with the number of facets, angles, hips, valleys, and its pitch. The more complex the roof, the more time a contractor needs to properly install your asphalt roof.

For example, an asphalt roof that is cut up with a high number of facets at multiple angles, hips, valleys, and a steep pitch is more difficult and takes a lot longer to replace than a simple asphalt roof with only two or four roof facets. 

Safety precautions the contractor has to take also go into the complexity of a roof. The higher off the ground the installers are, the more precautions they have to take. For their own safety, they have to move slower and more carefully, which leads to your asphalt roof replacement taking longer.

Complexity not only affects how long it’ll take to replace your asphalt roof but also the cost of your replacement. To learn what else goes into the price of your roof asphalt roof replacement, read this article on how much your new asphalt roof will cost

The accessibility of your asphalt roof

Roof accessibility is the ability of your contractor to access your roof. The reason access is crucial to your roof replacement is for tearing off the old roof, getting the torn off materials into the dump truck, and then getting the new materials back up to the roof for installation. 

The harder it is to access your roof to do everything I mentioned above, the longer your asphalt roof replacement will take. For example, a home with rows of bushes, a fence, and no paved surface near the access point will take longer to replace than a home with a roof that has easy access. 

The more time it takes to access your asphalt roof, means the less time your roofing contractor spends installing asphalt shingles. This time adds up and could push back the timeline by a few hours or even a day. 

The weather on the day(s) of your asphalt roof replacement

Your asphalt roof has to be replaced in the right conditions. It can’t be replaced in the rain, snow, freezing temperatures, or when it’s too hot.

If your asphalt roof is replaced in any of these conditions I can guarantee it’s not going to be properly installed. With that in mind, the weather affects both how long it’ll take to replace your asphalt roof and when you can replace it. 

If it’s too hot or too cold, your roofing contractor will wait until the temperatures get back into the sweet spot to replace your asphalt roof. If you see rain in the forecast, your asphalt roof replacement is going to be pushed back until your roof is dry enough to work on. 

If it rains during your asphalt roof replacement, 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. 

What can you do to prepare for your roof replacement? 

You now know how long it’ll take to replace your asphalt roof. If you don’t have a large and complex roof, your asphalt roof can usually be replaced in a day. 

After reading this, you have a better understanding of the roof replacement process. But there are still some things to learn about the day of your roof replacement.

That's why we're going to give you the things every homeowner needs to do to prepare for the day of their roof replacement. 

The team at Bill Ragan Roofing has provided high-quality asphalt roof replacements to the residents of Nashville since 1990. We take pride in our workmanship and are proud to offer you a lifetime warranty on your asphalt roof replacement. When you work with us, you’ll never worry about your roof again. 

Check out 8 Tips to Prepare for Your Roof Replacement to make sure the day your roof is replaced runs smoothly. 

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