As a homeowner, you want to minimize any disruption to your life when undergoing a roofing project. Fortunately, it is relatively quick to replace a roof.
In many cases, a quality roofing contractor can replace a roof in New Jersey in a single day. Reputable roofing contractors can complete even the largest and most complex roof replacement projects in a few days. For many homeowners, the process of finding the right contractor takes longer than the actual roof installation itself!
So, how long does it take to replace a roof in New Jersey? Read on below as we discuss the many factors that go into the timing of a roof replacement.
Factors that Influence Project Timing
Type and Quality of Crew
Roofing contractors vary in who they use to perform the work and the size of the crew they use for the projects. At CRS, we know you are putting your trust in us, which is why we never subcontract roofing work.
Some contractors may sub out a small roof replacement, potentially resulting in lower quality work and a longer timeline. These subcontractors may not show up on time or unnecessarily prolong the project, resulting in a longer timeline and more frustration for you.
In addition to the quality of the crew, the number of people working on the project influences timing as well. A roofing crew of adequate size and experience is essential if you want your roof replacement finished without delay. A larger team completing a one-day installation eliminates transportation costs that smaller crews incur during multi-day installations.
Underlying Roof Issues
It is crucial to inspect the subsurface to ensure that the new roof is installed on solid, stable surfaces. Sometimes, undetected leaks may damage the sub-roofing or even the framing of the roof. Soft or rotting sheathing must be replaced, and in more severe situations, sections of wood framing must also be replaced, which can extend the length of a project.
While this prolongs the project, it is vital to address any underlying issues so that your new roof serves you well for many years to come.
Roof design has improved significantly over the last few decades. Older roof designs did not always provide adequate ventilation. When replacing a roof, it is key to ensure proper ventilation. Proper airflow extends the life of roofing materials by minimizing heat and moisture levels. Additionally, improved attic ventilation may also reduce the cost of cooling your living space, which can save you money in the long run.
As part of a roof replacement, upgrading soffits, eaves, and other building components may be appropriate. These upgrades can also affect the timeline but improve the longevity of your roof and your investment.
Due to the nature of a roof replacement, if there is sustained inclement weather, the project may be delayed. Replacing a roof over a wet substructure may trap moisture that causes mold or weakens materials.
A quality roofing contractor will understand this, plan for inclement weather, and keep you aware of any delays.
How We Replace A Roof: Step by Step
Experience roofing contractors deliver prompt installations with careful planning and experienced crews. Here are the key steps in our process after your roof replacement begins:
- Debris container is delivered before the crew arrives
- Materials are delivered and hoisted onto the roof or placed in an accessible location
- Bushes, flowers and other landscaping are protected from damage
- The old roof is removed if required
- The new roof is installed according to manufacturer specifications
- Roof and yard are cleaned up and left in pristine condition
Once we’ve replaced your roof, it’s essential to pick up the filled debris container promptly. While old roofing often goes to landfills in the Tri-State area, some progress has been made in recycling asphalt shingles into paving products, as detailed in Asphalt magazine. CRS strives to be environmentally conscious in all our projects.
Select the Right Contractor
The most successful Tri-State roofing companies have a “customer first” mindset. They understand that a roofing project can disrupt a client’s busy schedule, so they carefully plan to complete the project without delay.
Additionally, reputable roofers make sure that any applicable building codes are followed, so there are no issues with local authorities along the way. To properly serve and respect the client, it is vital to do the work once, do it right and do it quickly.
When the time comes to replace a roof, you want to work with a contractor you can trust. Look for a contractor who is transparent from start to finish and has a wealth of good reviews. As with any home improvement project, good communication is the key to success. You deserve prompt answers to any questions you may have.
Many homeowners in Northern NJ feel it is best to work with a local contractor with an established reputation. For many New Jersey homeowners, referrals from neighbors, friends and co-workers play a part in the search. Online portfolios and testimonials provide further insight into the qualifications of a roofing company.
Finally, look for contractors factory-certified by major manufacturers like GAF, Owens-Corning and Tamko. These big companies only trust a small percentage of roofers to install their roofing contractors up to spec. For example, just three percent of America’s roofers are GAF Master Elite Contractors.
Protecting Your Investment
Once your roof has been replaced, it is crucial to take care of the new one. It is key to have a certified roofer perform regular roof inspections. We recommend one visit in the spring and another in the fall to complete routine maintenance.
It’s vital to clean gutters, remove fallen branches, and replace any missing shingles. Regular visits by roofing professionals allow you to address unwanted moss and algae growth and detect any potential moisture infiltration or other serious issues early before they become more costly damages.
Contact Us to Get Started
How long does it take to replace a roof? At CRS, we replace most residential roofs in a single day. Everything is carefully planned to get the project done with as little disruption to your life as possible.
We’ve served the needs of northern NJ homeowners for more than 45 years, and we are factory-certified by major roofing manufacturers. CRS is a GAF Master Elite, Owens Corning Preferred and Tamko Pro Contractor. We only use highly experienced crews to ensure your project is completed to the highest standards.
CRS is a full-service roofing company capable of handling every kind of roofing issue, including routine inspections, emergency repairs, service work and complete roof replacements. We’d welcome the opportunity to earn your business. Please contact us today to schedule a visit from our certified roof inspector.