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How Long Does it Take to Replace a Roof?

The roof on your home can get partially or fully damaged due to a number of reasons; age and weather are two of the biggest reasons for damage to your roof. You may have already tried to fix the damage, but once the damage is deemed irreparable, it’s time to contact the roofing experts and schedule a roof replacement. Living under a damaged roof can be extremely dangerous. It’s important to contact the experts as soon as possible. 

Replacing a roof is a tedious job and can take weeks to finish. But if the conditions are optimal, and there are no unforeseen issues, roof replacement could take as little as a few days to complete. In this article we go over a few different scenarios and factors that affect the timeline of a roof replacement. 

Installing a New Roof

Whether your damaged roof has a high slope or is flat, replacing a roof is incredibly labor intensive. It is a type of work that only experts should do. Roofing technicians are well-trained to perform this strenuous job at an elevation of two stories. They use the latest tools and employ modern technology to install a new roof.

Roofs are made of different types of materials. Most metal roofing materials are heavier than others types of material. The roofing technicians must carry the bundles of material up a ladder, remove the old shingles and rotten decking and then install the new material. You can understand why installing a new roof might take longer when the conditions are not optimal.

An efficient and competent roofing technician is used to the strenuous work involved in installing a new roof. They know all of the things that must be done in order for the roof to be installed correctly. They are used to dealing with unforeseen circumstances and can adapt. This is why hiring a professional to do your roof replacement is so important. They can inspect your roof and give you an estimate ahead of time, so you know exactly how much it will cost and how much time it will take.

Timeline for a Roof Replacement

In the best conditions, a roof replacement could take as little as a few days. In poorer conditions – or conditions deemed unsafe by your roofing company – it could take longer. Once your roofing company knows the scope of the project and what it will entail, they can give you a better estimate of the project timeline.

Size of the Roof

As we mentioned, the size (and slope) of the roof impacts the timeline for your roof replacement. A small roof, with little to no sloping would typically take just a few days to finish, as long as weather conditions are good and no unforeseen circumstances arise. Consult with an expert before you start the process. Call our roofing experts today to get a free roof inspection.

Roofing Material

In general, a metal roof is considered a bit more difficult to install than other materials. Materials made of metal, aluminum or steel are heavier and more difficult to maneuver. Shingles on the other hand are much easier to deal with. If you’re planning to have a metal or steel material on your roof, be aware that the difficulty of installing and maneuvering these materials can slow down the project.

Roof Damage

If there is any damage to the roof, this can cause a delay in installment. The damage would have to be repaired before the roof can be installed. After your roofing experts assess the roof damage, they can give you a better idea of how long your roof replacement is expected to take.


The weather can have a big impact on a roof replacement timeline. If you live in an area where summers don’t get too hot, you can expect your roofing company to carry on with the work and get the job done as soon as possible. It takes more time to complete a roof installation when the temperature is too high or severe weather happens.

Roof Replacement: Tear Off vs. Overlay

One of the first things that your roofing company will look at is whether or not you have the option to tear off your roof, or overlay it. If both options are available, you can choose between the two based on what you think is best for your home. Tearing off your whole roof can definitely slow down the project, as opposed to overlaying it with new roofing material.

Tearing Off Your Roof

With this option, you would be getting rid of the old roof entirely. Tearing off your roof is the more extensive process – it takes time to remove the old roof. Most roofing experts would say that this is the better option because tearing off your whole roof allows your roofers to see any issues that lie hidden under the shingles. After the old or damaged roofing material has been removed, your roofing company will identify any other issues with your roof and get them fixed before the new roof is installed.

Overlaying Your Roof

Overlaying your roof with new material is the less extensive option of the two. The process involves installing the new roof over the roof that already exists. This means that your roofing company will not need to rip off the existing or old shingles and the project can be completed in a reduced timeframe. Going this route also means that the overall cost of a new roof installation will come down. But this type of roof replacement poses a problem; the damages beneath the shingles will remain hidden. If the damage under the shingles spreads or worsens, you’ll face issues with your roof even after the new roof installation. It will be almost impossible to fix the damages after the installation of another roof. Be sure that your roofing company does a thorough inspection before starting the job – this will help to identify any unknown damage.

The decision of whether to tear off your roof or overlay it should be left to roofing professionals you hire for inspection. Roofing experts will look deep into the issue and suggest the best course of action.

Other Factors in Roof Replacement Timeline

We’ve gone over the most common things that affect the timeline of a roof replacement. Things like weather, roof damage, tearing off vs. overlaying, and the size of the roof. There are lots of factors that come into play, but some are less likely to affect the timeline. Here are a few other factors that may cause a delay while installing a new roof.

Gutter Removal

Your gutters may need to be removed during the roof replacement process and reinstalled after the new roof is finished. Your roofing technicians will let you know whether they have to be removed or whether they will cause any issues while installing the roof. If it’s deemed unnecessary to temporarily remove the gutters, that’s one less factor that will affect the timeline! However, removing them is something that your roofing company will likely be used to doing and can get this part done relatively quickly.

Unavailable Roofing Materials

This may seem unlikely, but if the demand is too high, there may be a delay in available roofing materials. Traditional asphalt shingles are a more common material and will likely be available at any time, but if the roofing material you are using is less common, it may take longer for your roofing company to have the material available to them. This could cause a delay in the timeline.

Schedule Your Roof Replacement Consultation

Now that we’ve gone over what you can expect in terms of a roof replacement timeline, it’s time to talk to the experts! The professionals at Direct Metal Roofing will help you every step of the way – from inspection to completion. We’ll start out with a free roof inspection to assess the situation. From there we can give you a better idea of what it will cost and how long it will take to finish your roof replacement. Our inspections are thorough and we always make sure to give you our best estimates for cost and time because we know that replacing a roof is a big undertaking for any household.

For years we have serviced the areas in and around Brevard County, Florida – providing all makes and styles of metal roofing. We take pride in our precision installations and the work that we do for our customers. Plus – we offer metal roof warranties for your ultimate protection.

Give us a call today, we’re here to help!

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