Your roof is an essential part to the structure of your home, so it is important to keep it updated and repaired as issues come along. If there gets to be excessive water damage, cracked or lifted shingles, bowing, or your roof is beyond its life span, a total roof replacement might be the best and overall cheapest option for you. While the actual physical construction can take less than a week to complete, there are many other steps and factors to consider when replacing your roof. Consider the following when you are planning out your start to finish roof replacement timeline.
Before construction begins, you will need to have a thorough inspection done, especially for the sake of your insurance company. If your roof has been damaged in a storm, it is possible that your insurance will cover some or, in some cases, all of the replacement cost. However, most policies have a pretty short statute of limitations, meaning if you wait too long after the damage occurs, you may not be eligible for coverage. Scheduling an insurance agent to come assess your roof might be the first thing you want to do in your roof replacement process, and getting approval and/or funding might take a little bit of time depending on the time of year.
Time of Year
What season you need your roof replacement will play a large role in how long it will take a company to get started on your location. If you need a roof replacement after a storm that affected a lot of people in your city or, for large scale catastrophic events, state even, every insurance agent, inspector, and roofing company will all be simultaneously working to resolve the issues. Because of this, it can take weeks, or in extreme cases months, to get the assistance you need. In these cases, patience is going to be your best ally.
Size of Property
Every house or office space is different, and with that, every roof requires something different. For instance, if you are replacing a flat roof on a commercial property, this will take less time than a pitched roof because it requires less materials and is easier to install. The same goes for different home sizes as well. The construction time and cost for a 1,200 square foot home with only one pitch or slant will be a lot less than a 5,000 square foot mansion with an intricate roof design.
While your initial inspection is likely to hit on the bulk of what is needed for a roof replacement, it is possible that once those materials are being removed that other issues reveal themselves. You should always allow for this when planning out your construction timeline, as it is possible that this will extend the work time in order for new parts to be delivered and installed.
Finding Your Fit
In order to feel completely confident in your roofing team, shop around and get recommendations from people you trust. Unfortunately, there are a lot of scammers in the roofing business who will try and take advantage of your situation. The best way to avoid this is to take your time and talk to a couple of options. Most of those roof gypsy scammers will have a “now or never” mentality, and you should take that as a red flag. Don’t get taken advantage of by anyone in this process. Find the right company that can do the best work for you and your property!