What Is the Average Timeline for a Basic Roof Replacement?

|Enrique Borboa


Investing in a brand-new roof can be one of the best decisions you make as a homeowner, especially if you want to increase the ROI of your home. If you want to increase your roof’s energy efficiency while extending the lifespan of your roof and protecting your home’s interior, you can do so by searching for the right roof replacement that is exactly what your home needs. Once you have decided to move forward with your roof replacement, you will need to know what to expect in terms of timeline to better prepare for the project. 

Planning Process

The planning process of replacing an entire roof will typically take anywhere between 1 and 2 weeks in total. While you are thinking of replacing your home’s roof, you will need to find the right contractor or roofing company that is suitable for your needs and budget. You will then need to schedule an initial consultation for a quote or estimate on the type of roof replacement you are interested in at the time. This process will require you to get to know more about the process of local roofing companies you are interested in working with and hiring.

While you are working with a new contractor or company, you will then compare various roofing materials and solutions that are appealing to you, affordable for you, and suitable for your home and the climate or region you are in. Keep in mind that depending on the type of roofing materials you select, you may need to place a custom order before the roof replacement job can take place. Learn which materials are readily available and which materials need to be special ordered before settling on a decision, especially if you are pressed for time or if you have a particular deadline you would like to meet set and in mind.

Roof Removal

During the first day of a roof replacement, your old roof will be removed by professionals. The contractors you have hired will assess the current roof to determine the best course of action to take to remove the roof as quickly and smoothly as possible. Most residential roofs will require a full day to remove, although some larger roofs may need more than one day to complete a thorough removal.

Roof Installation

Installing a new roof that is made of traditional shingles or even tiles will typically require anywhere between 2 and 3 days in total. Sometimes, a roof installation will require a full week, but this is more common with large mansions and complex roof patterns, styles, or designs. The process of installing a brand-new roof onto a residential home will require the underlayment and also the actual installation of new materials that have been selected for the roof base itself. Flashing installation around any existing vents, valleys, or chimneys on the roof will also be taken care of during this process, which should not require additional days to complete. 

Damages and Restoration Services

If your home has an older roof that has experienced extensive damage, leaks, or wear and tear, you may require additional time to remedy these issues before the new roof can be installed. Debris and any old, decaying, or rotting roof materials will need to be removed with the use of professional commercial-grade equipment to avoid causing additional damage to your home and its structural integrity. 


The cleanup process after a new roof has been installed onto a home will typically only take one full day. In many instances, this process can be completed in less than a day, unless the roofing crew who is on the job has a complex roof to work with or an extensive amount of debris to remove. 

Factors to Keep in Mind

Whenever you are thinking of installing a new roof onto your home, you will want to take the following considerations and factors into mind, as they can impact the estimated timeline of your new roof:

  • Size: The size of your roof may impact how many days are necessary to install a replacement. 
  • Material: Depending on the type of materials you opt to use on your new roof, the duration of the replacement is likely to vary.
  • Weather: Inclement weather can cause delays and setbacks, which is why timing is crucial when you want to invest in a new roof.

As a homeowner, knowing what to expect when it comes to roof replacement timelines and estimated completion times is crucial for planning purposes. Regardless of the size of home you’re living in and the type of roof you are interested in investing in, you will need to know how to plan for your next roofing job ahead of time for the best outcome possible. When you are aware of what to expect in terms of planning, preparing, and replacing your roof in terms of time, you can then make adjustments and plans with your own schedule accordingly. 

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|Enrique Borboa


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