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How Long Does It Take To Replace a Roof in Colorado?

The time it takes to replace a roof in Colorado varies based on several factors. For larger homes, the project may take two to three days. If your roof is more complex or made of more premium materials, a replacement could take five days to a few weeks. But if you have an average residential home, then replacement could take only a day in the right conditions.

In Colorado, we all know weather conditions range from extreme temperature fluctuations to varying precipitation, impacting the scheduling of roofing projects and time efficiency. Keep reading to learn when you might consider replacing your roof and the factors that affect the time needed for roof replacements in Colorado. At Scott’s Roofing, we’re here to help!

Situations Which Require a Roof Replacement

Missing Shingles

Colorado is prone to snowfall, heavy rains, and hail storms, which can strain and damage roofs. Shingles can fly off after heavy rains or a windy day. It’s true – replacing one or two shingles might suffice in some cases. However, a total replacement might be necessary depending on the location and surrounding area of the missing shingles. A roof inspector can determine if it needs replacement or not.

Buckling or Curling Shingles

The buckling and curling of shingles refers to shingles that are warping and distorting, causing them to lift. You might notice a wave pattern in the shingles with buckling and a curved pattern with curling. This pattern is a sign that the shingles are not adequately attached anymore. If ignored, these warped shingles can lead to leaks or structural damage.

Damaged Flashing

Roof flashing is material added to areas prone to leaks, like chimneys, ridges, vents, or skylights. Water-proof materials such as galvanized steel or aluminum make up roof flashing. Several signs may indicate damaged flashing; small holes, cracks, dents, or bends in the flashing material can leave these areas susceptible to water damage. Over time, the metal reacts with air to form rust; if you notice rust, the flashing material will not repel water anymore.

Sagging Roof

If you notice sagging in your roof, this indicates structural problems in the support boards underneath it. The trapped moisture will rot the support boards, causing the roof to look droopy. You should replace a sagging roof before more damage happens to your home. The trapped humidity is likely caused by missing, curling shingles and damaged flashing that has been untreated over time.

Reached Its Lifespan

Roofs don’t last forever, so a replacement is inevitable. Material, climate, quality of materials, shingle color, and the installer’s proficiency impact how long a roof will last. Generally, you can expect 15 – 30 years out of a roof. If slate was used, you could get 150+ years before replacement.

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7 Factors Affecting How Long It Takes To Replace a Colorado Roof

Size and Complexity

An extensive roof with more square footage will require more time to replace it. Additionally, the complexity of the home is a massive factor for time considerations. Roof complexity refers to its design: the number of facets, angles, hips, penetrations, and steepness. A home with skylights, a chimney, many roof hips and valleys, and multiple stories will require more time to work around than a roof with only a few penetrations and facets.

Weather Conditions

Pay attention to the weather forecast if you’re trying to line up days to install a roof. Installing a roof on a sunny day is straightforward but becomes impossible if it rains. If it starts raining during installation, roofers will put a tarp over exposed areas to protect it from the rain. Some Colorado regions receive more rain than others. Temperature is another consideration for Colorado. On hotter days, workers need more breaks to stay safe. If the temperature is too extreme, it may be unsafe to work.

Time of Year

When daylight lasts longer, more work can get done. Extra hours of daylight means workers can spend longer on your roof. Spring is a great time to repair your roof because the mild temperatures and longer daylight hours shorten the time needed for the replacement process. Many roofing materials have better adhesion in moderate temperatures, so bonding and sealing are more effective in the spring or fall, speeding up the replacement timeline.

Roofing Materials

There are many options for roofing material in Colorado – shingles, slate, metal, cedar shake, and Spanish tiles. Different roofing materials require various installation processes. Cedar shake roofing and metal material require specialized approaches that can take longer. On the other hand, specific shingles are relatively straightforward, requiring less time to place. Before choosing your material, pay attention to energy efficiency, any warranties, and whether the material is suited for Colorado’s extreme weather.

Level of Damage

The extent of damage to the roof can significantly impact the replacement timeline. A roof severely damaged from weather with visible structural damage may need more extensive repairs and replacements, increasing the time needed.

However, sometimes structural issues are less noticeable. Hidden issues like mold and rot can go unnoticed. These hazards require additional steps before laying new roofing material. If asbestos is present in the existing roof, special precautions and removal procedures are necessary, which can delay the start of the replacement.


If there isn’t easy access to the roof, replacing it will take longer. First, workers tear off the old roof; if access is difficult, this can become time-consuming. Then, they manually bring up new materials. During the installation, roofers need to move around safely. They may need to navigate obstacles and increase safety precautions in tight places, which impacts their efficiency.

Roofers construct temporary structures to overcome difficulties with access points. These new access points are safer and more time-efficient. However, you should account for the time necessary to make these access structures when considering a possible timeline.

Ready To Replace Your Roof? Contact Scott’s Roofing Colorado!

Knowing when to replace your home’s roof can be challenging, but Scott’s Roofing is well-equipped to help you navigate the process. If you notice areas of damage like missing or buckling shingles, damaged flashing, or sagging, Scott’s Roofing will inspect it free of charge.

With Scott’s Roofing, each project is assigned a project manager who will lead you throughout the entire project. Customer service is a priority from inspection to insurance claims to final review. If you’re ready to replace your roof, get in touch with us, providing services in Denver, Boulder, Lafayette, Longmont, Lakewood, and more. We’re here to help!

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