how long to replace your roof

How Long Does It Take To Replace A Roof?

As you sit; watching the pouring rain through your living room window and enjoy the bountiful protection your household provides your family and yourself from Mother Nature’s fury, you are overwhelmed with gratitude for the comfort that having a rooftop overhead provides.

Yet, as lovely as Colorado truly is, that fury and mixture of forces are always ready to bang at your doorstep. But your rooftop gets the brunt of that.

Considering the need for a strong rooftop as fundamental for keeping everyone safe, you notice the roof looking a bit old/worn (cracks, leaks/water damage). Maybe it’s that time you finally replace your roof. After all, nothing lasts forever; much less your roof.

Most homeowners can enjoy an average of 30+ years and upwards to 50 years in the case of a solid roof job.

But you are definitely thinking it’s time to replace. Replacing your rooftop companion can seem (in theory) like a huge bothersome task and how long does it take to replace a roof exactly?

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Situations Which Require A Roof Replacement

So what are some situations which may lead to you needing a roof replacement?

Shingles Missing/Curling

Asphalt shingles have a long lifetime (roughly, 20-50 years) but when they go downhill, they tend to curl up which permits water to saturate into the space underneath.

In the event that there is excessive curling or the roof is missing shingles, then a roofing replacement may be required rather than a minor fix.

Damaged Flashing

Flashings are the thin metal strips that lie along the joints of your roof. These can become worn/damaged in the long run, which can prompt leaks in your roof.

If you notice that you have damaged flashings, that is an indication your rooftop may need to be replaced.

Discolored Walls or Ceilings

If you notice signs of water stains and discoloration of your walls or roofs, this is very nearly a guarantee that there is a significant issue with your rooftop.

The Roof Is Just Plain Old

In the event that you have an old rooftop that is on the older end of 25-50 years of age, it might be wise to have a roofing professional determine whether or not it needs to be replaced.

The age range is a big deal because your rooftop’s normal life expectancy will change contingent upon the materials utilized and where you reside.

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So, How Long Does A Roof Replacement Take?

Typically, you can expect a roof replacement to take about 3-4 days tops. However, there are a few factors that weigh into how long it takes to replace a roof.

These are the factors in determining the length of any roof replacement.

  • Home Size – It’s really no secret that if you have a larger home, the process of replacing your roof becomes a bit longer. In some cases, larger home roof replacements can take a few days. Smaller houses can have rooftops replaced within the day with good weather conditions.
  • Weather – Plan a roof replacement project around the weather. Colder weather months and stormy seasons could delay the roof replacement. Try to avoid replacing your rooftop when you anticipate downpour, snow, or incredibly hot/cold temperatures. When weather conditions aren’t cooperating, roof replacement time becomes much longer than what is typical.
  • Rooftop Accessibility – The ability for a contractor to access your roof is big in calculating the amount of time it requires to replace your rooftop. For example: if your rooftop is surrounded by shrubs. landscaping, or fences; it will be harder to access than a property without such barriers. Additionally, it may be harder to access your roof if you live on a road with thickly-packed groupings of houses.
  • Roofing Materials and Design – Shingles come in a variety of materials. Every material requires a different frame of time or techniques used for installation.
  • Asphalt Shingles – Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing choice amongst homeowners.  Asphalt is a composite material made from an accumulation of minerals. This makes for a very sturdy roofing material in all weather conditions. Asphalt shingles tend to have a lifespan of 15-25 years. They are also the most affordable, durable and easy to install. Installation is typically finished 1-2 days.
  • Wooden Shingles – Wooden shingles are of the most aesthetically pleasing of the types of shingles. They tend to have a lifespan of 30 years and are known as more environmentally-friendly due to being biodegradable and coming from sustainable sources. Wooden shingles are more expensive than other materials. They are not recommended in areas known for strong storms. Wood is also highly flammable and prone to damage from insects such as termites. Installation is typically finished 2-5 days.
  • Metal Shingles – Metal shingles are a highly durable and stylish choice for your roof. They tend to have a lifespan between 40-70 years. Metal roofing provides protection from the harshest weather thrown at it and a major resistance to fire.  These shingles are amongst the most expensive and also require a bit of maintenance to prevent metal corrosion. Installation is typically finished 2-5 days.
  • Slate Shingles – Since slate is made from stone, they are durable. They are not easily damaged by nature’s elements, though they can still crack. They are also fireproof and protect from high winds. Slate shingles are more expensive but tend to have a lifespan of up to 125+ years. Installation is typically finished 6-7 days.

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Ready for a Roof Replacement?

B&M Roofing provides quality roofing services and repair to residential roofs all the way to more complicated commercial properties throughout the state of Colorado and its surrounding areas.

Our roofing service and repair specialties include:

  • Roof analysis
  • Roof repairs on any system
  • Leak identification
  • Gutter, Downspout Repair or Replacement
  • Coating Services
  • Tenant Improvements
  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Scheduled Maintenance Services
  • Skylight Replacement

B&M Roofing is proud of and confident in the quality of our service work and the commitment of our craftsmen. As we continue to grow, we look forward to building new relationships and forging new partnerships.

If you’re still unsure how to go about your roofing problem, schedule a free inspection with us today.