Quarve Contracting
Friday 3 May 2013

What’s the Time Frame to Replace a Roof?

Posted by at 9:00 AM

When you discover a problem with your roof, like damage from a Minneapolis thunderstorm, you probably want to replace it as quickly as possible. Replacement or roof repair takes time, but it helps to have an idea of how long the process will take.  Basic Process In order to repair or replace your roof, the following steps must be taken.  1. Roof inspection by roofing company or insurance adjuster 2. Time frame determination and cost estimate from roofers 3. Funding and approval from insurance company 4. Scheduling and material acquisition 5. Actual repair/installation 6. Insurance paperwork Provided there aren’t any hang-ups during the process, the entire scenario usually takes a few months, though it can take under a week in emergencies. Season The best time of year to replace your roof is during the driest months. When the crew is able to finish everything without dealing with the elements, they can get the work done faster. Generally, the job shouldn’t be done when the weather is rainy or snowy, but if an emergency crops up, it is possible to do it in those conditions. Work done in those conditions can add anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Types of Material Depending on what you’d like your roof to be made out of, finding the right material can take a long time. Asphalt roofing materials is generally the easiest to find, while slate or Spanish tile will take longer to install.  Suppliers also run out of stock from time to time, so the time it takes for a new shipment to come in must be added. Size and Complexity of Roof Logically, larger homes take longer to roof than smaller ones, but the complexity of the structure also factors in. If there are multiple angles or many chimneys to work with, it will take longer to finish the installation. Damage and Hidden Issues Sometimes, hidden problems become known once the crew gets up there. This is especially true of older roofs, since there may be water damage under the shingles. The time it takes to do the mending will add delays. When it comes to roof repair or replacement, having an idea of how long it takes to finish will help you manage the stress associated with it.  Questions about roof repair or replacement?  Please feel free to call us.