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The Duration Of Your Roof Replacement

Recognizing that your home’s roofing system has deteriorated is the first step in the replacement process. However, before your roofing company sets up camp on your property for the next few days, there are a few matters that need to be considered first.

The first step is having your roof inspected to determine the state of your roof and whether it requires a replacement. If it does, you need to get a quote for your new roof from your trusted roofing company.

Once you and your roofing company have decided on the best roofing materials, cost of these materials, and labor, all you need to do then is determine a date for when the project is set to commence. Setting a date is vital for your own peace of mind. It will give you a time frame to remove any objects that could get damaged during construction, as well as make provisions should you and your family have to relocate during the re-roofing project temporarily.

You may also be curious to know how long a roof replacement project takes so that you can return to your regular schedule and enjoy the benefits of your new roof.

Below we break down the duration of your roofing project and what influences it:

Tear Off Process

To install your new roofing system, your old roof needs to come down first. Your professional roofer will use this opportunity to determine the health of your roofing deck as well as the rest of your roofing structure. This analysis is important before any new materials are installed.

Depending on the materials and the size of your roof, removing your old roof can take between 1 to 2 days to complete.


The duration of your roofing installation usually depends on the size and complexity of your home and rooftop, as well as the materials being installed.

An average-sized roof is about 2000 square feet. A roof this size can take about a day to complete, depending on the roofing materials.

Asphalt shingles can be installed in 1 to 2 days; flat roofs take about three and metal roof installations about two to four days. A natural slate installation sometimes requires a full week due to the intricacies involved in its installation.

Things That Can Prolong Your Installation Project

The Weather

Severe weather conditions can drastically affect the schedule of your roofing installation project.

Things like heavy rains, hail, or lightning can make working on your roof challenging and dangerous for your roofing team. Some materials also need to be installed in more moderate to warm weather conditions to set accurately.

Working in the scorching sun may be less difficult for your roofing team than storming weather. But to get the most out of their day, it is recommended that they start earlier and avoid severe heat conditions as this can lead to lethargy and dehydration.

Significant Roof Damage

If your roof is severely damaged, the repair process may prolong your roof replacement project. Some damages can be mended with nails and plywood, whereas others may need an entire construction team.

If damages have spread to the structures of your roof and your home, you can expect significant delays in your roofing replacement project.


While every precaution is taken to ensure that your roofing company performs your roof installation in a safe, danger-free environment, roofing, in general, is one of the most dangerous occupations.

Injuries are common on a roofing job, but your roofing company should have replacement roofers to come in and complete the job.

If you’re ready to replace the roof of your home, don’t hesitate to call Certified Roofing.   Proudly serving the cities of Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Clarksville, Columbia, Elkridge, Ellicott City, Frederick, Fulton, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Green Valley, Highland, Hunt Valley, Hyattsville, Kensington, Laurel, Lutherville, Montgomery Village, North Laurel, Olney, Owings Mills, Potomac, Rockville, Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Timonium, Towson, Wheaton, Woodstock, Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, and all surrounding areas.

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