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How long will my roof replacement take?

Once you're asking this question, you probably already know it's time for a roof replacement. You've noticed torn or missing shingles outside, peeling paint or water damage inside, mold growth, black spots, or other signs that it's time to renew and refresh.

The time it takes to replace a roof depends on a lot of factors. In general, roofing contractors will have a better idea of how long your project will take. Before you make the commitment and call a contractor, prepare yourself by considering the following:

  • The type of roof you're replacing
  • The roof's size
  • Whether a roof is single-ply or built-up
  • Wind, rain, snow, and other inclement climate conditions

A roof replacement can take anywhere from a few days to 2 weeks or more, depending on the factors above. Also, if your chimney needs work done, it's often better to get that looked at before you start working on replacing the roof.

If you're pressed for time, low on funds, or generally worried about avoiding leaks before winter, consider patching your roof. Replacing a cracked shingle and patching a hole with a roofing compound and replacement shingles can be a cost-effective DIY project while you're waiting for better weather or a bigger budget to come along.

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Roofing vs. Reroofing

Roofing vs. Reroofing

If you come to find out that your roof has been damaged and needs to be fixed then there are two main approaches you can take. You can either decide to make a roof repair or replace the entire roof. Roof repairs will generally save you time and money, but in most cases a new roof is the best option. As a general rule of thumb, if the existing roof on is only one layer and there are no problems with the roof deck, a new roof is not necessary.

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