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Roof Replacement Timeline: How Long Does It Really Take?

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Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home. It protects you from the elements and keeps your home safe and dry. But what happens when your roof starts to show its age? If you’re thinking about replacing your roof, you may be wondering how long it will take.

The amount of time it takes to replace a roof can vary depending on a number of factors, including the size of your roof, the type of roofing materials you choose, and the weather conditions. Many homeowners ask us, “How long does it take to replace a roof?” Of course, we can give you an average, but the time it takes to replace a roof can vary by several factors. 

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer when determining the length of time it’ll take professionals to replace your roof. For optimal conditions and an average size home, we can estimate that a new roof usually takes 1-2 days. 

7 Factors That Determine Roof Replacement Time

The factors that will determine the time it takes to replace a roof are:

1. Weather

  • If the roofing is being replaced during cold weather, additional steps require additional time. 

  • It’s also highly recommended not to replace roofing during rain or snow, as this weather can add to the time it takes to replace the roof.

  • Cold weather can affect how the asphalt shingles stick and seal. According to Certainteed’s shingle installation bulletin, “Extra care should be taken when handling and/or installing asphalt shingles when the air and surface temperatures are at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.”

  • Snow-covered, wet, or icy roofs make for our roofing crews hazardous and unsafe working conditions. You can read tips from Certainteed here: Safety Tips from Certainteed

2. Type of Roofing Materials and Design

  • Shingles come in different materials. Each material requires a different method and time frame for installation. 

  • The most common shingle types and their average replacement times are:

    • Asphalt Shingles – one to three days

    • Wooden Shingles – six to eight days

    • Slate Tiles – six to seven days

    • Metal Roofing – one to three days 

Roofing designs are pretty standard, shingle manufacturers are specific on how to lay shingles to meet the warranty requirements.

3. Total House Size

  • The larger your home is, the longer it will take to replace your roof. Replacing the roof of a small one-room cabin will be significantly faster than replacing the roof of a sprawling estate.


You’ll want to check your roof at least once a year. Besides an annual check, roofs need inspection after every major storm. Storms with large hail, lightning, high winds, tornadoes, or blizzards in the winter, can cause significant damage to your roof.

4. The Steepness of the Roof

  • A roof that is too steep to walk across or one that materials and tools will slide off of will require the installation of additional safety equipment for the roofing crew.

  • A roof whose pitch is shallow enough to slow water runoff will require special underlayment so water backups can’t penetrate the housing envelope. Either of these conditions will increase the length of time that it takes to install the new roof.

Roof Slope Card To Measure the Pitch Of A Roof

5. Historical Significance of Home
  • Some older homes are listed as historical landmarks. These homes require additional time and care to maintain their historical and structural integrity.

  • Historical homes may also require special permits, depending on local and/or homeowner association regulations.

6. Accessibility of your Roof

  • Some homes have lots of landscaping and rows of bushes, making it difficult to access the roof.

  • Dense urban areas, with other houses very close to your home, can make getting equipment in and out of the area difficult.

  • Lack of a paved drive and close parking.

7. Structural Damage

  • If only the shingles need to be replaced, a roof replacement can be reasonably quick.

  • Additional repairs can significantly prolong the total project duration if there’s structural damage to the roof deck or other elements of the home beneath the shingles.

Do You Have More Questions About Roof Replacement?

A roof replacement project can vary between a single day and one week. Many different considerations will factor into the total project time. At Above Roofing, we make every effort to estimate the time it takes to replace a roof correctly. 

Above Roofing is recognized as one of the best roofing contractors in West Michigan regarding integrity and quality. Other roofing companies may cut corners, such as reusing old material that can ultimately void product and workmanship warranties.

If you have any additional questions about how long it takes to replace an old roof, please contact us via our contact page or the phone number below.

Contact us today.  We look forward to answering your questions! Our friendly office staff would be happy to schedule a free roof inspection for you if you have concerns about your roof. Call us at 616-663-7662

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