How long does it take to install a new roof?
Is your house ready for a new roof? Whether it is damaged from a hail storm or it is just old and worn out, your roof is ready to be replaced…now what? There are many questions that may pop up when it is time for a full replacement, hopefully your contractor is doing a good job answering them…if not, it’s time to call SIMMCO 😉
One of the biggest questions we get is, “How long does it take to replace my roof?” That question sounds pretty easy to answer, and on one hand it is…but on the other hand the answer is more complex than you think.
The process of replacing your roof
So you’ve decided it is time for a replacement, well now the process can get started. Choosing the contractor is the most important decision you can make in this process…we won’t get into that here, but this is a good read if you want more info. Once you’ve chosen your contractor, it is time to get down to the process of deciding on all the options. Do you want to go with a traditional three-tab shingle or upgrade to an architectural shingle? What manufacturer do you want to go with? Oh by the way, there are endless color options. Do you want to go ahead and update the gutters, the soffit & fascia? How about the shudders? You see what we mean…there is a lot that goes into this. Not to mention that you are tearing off and replacing one of the main structural features of your house…it is no small feat. Again, a good contractor should be ironing out all the wrinkles in this process and making sure the process is easy for you. Now that all the decisions are made, it is time to schedule the installation.
Actually replacing the roof
Installation day has arrived! Let’s get into the numbers…the average roof is about 1,500 square foot. When you figure that each shingle should have 4-5 nails per shingle. Which means, the average house has somewhere between 4,500-7,000 nails in the roof…and that doesn’t even account for the underlayment. When we get down to it, our crews have to remove over 5,000 nails, all the shingles, and all the underlayment…and then replace it all with new materials. It is difficult to know the condition of the plywood and rafters before our crews expose them, so any issues that are uncovered must be fixed before we move forward. Also, all this is taking place outside…which means the weather plays a role.
So…the short answer is – the typical residential roof goes on in about 1-3 days…but now you know why there is more behind that answer than meets the eye.