How Long Does It Take to Replace a Roof – And Other FAQs

Getting a new roof is a big (and often necessary) investment in your home. However, since the process can be complicated, it’s only natural to have questions – and in today’s blog, we’re going to answer the big ones. One of the most common questions we get is, “How long does it take to replace a roof?” For an average size home, it takes between one to two days – and for larger homes, we’ve seen it take up to four days.

At Mid-Shore Exteriors, we not only install extremely high-quality roofs, but we make the experience as pleasant as possible for all of our customers, too. That starts with making sure you have all of the answers you need, continues with providing a great experience with our 100% in-house team of craftsmen, and concludes by leaving your yard 100% mess-free. Keep reading to get answers to all of these roofing FAQs and learn about the Mid-Shore difference.


Roofing FAQs Answered by a Local Expert

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The most common things homeowners ask us are about the experience of having a roof replaced, how disruptive it is, and how much a new roof costs. If you need more in-depth answers than what we have below, please feel free to reach out to our team. These are the most common roofing FAQs and detailed answers to each:


Can you live in your house while the roof is being replaced?

Yes, absolutely! It is extremely rare for someone to get a hotel during a roof replacement. While there will be noise, there is very little other disruption. Very rarely, a small amount of debris may fall from the ceiling. Most people tell us that having a roof replacement is actually much less distracting than other interior home renovation projects.


How long does it take to replace a roof?  

Like we mentioned above, an average roof replacement takes either one or two days. However, the project can stretch as far as three or four days. The main factors that determine how long it takes to replace a roof are the overall size of the roof and any complex detailed work on your specific roof.


Do the roofers need to be able to go into my house?

Another common question we get, many people want to know if our crews will need access to the inside of their homes or if they even need to be at home themselves. In the vast majority of cases, our roofers will never need to have access to the inside of your house so you definitely don’t need to be home.

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Does roofing generate any smells?

Some homeowners who have sensitivity to chemicals ask us if there will be any smells or odors from the installation. Our residential roof replacement process does not require any high-strength industrial glues, so no smells or fumes will be a problem. In order to keep our shingles in place, our crews use six nails per shingle (industry average is three) and don’t rely on high-odor glues.


How should I prepare for getting a new roof?

In general, there isn’t much you need to do to prepare for our crews. The main thing we recommend is that you take pictures or belongings of great value off the walls and move other valuables away from the walls. While it may not necessary, it is better safe than sorry.


Can my homeowner’s insurance cover roof replacement?

That is a great question, with a complex answer. Get all of the key details about a roof repair insurance claim right here.


Will getting a new roof make a mess in my yard?

We completely understand this concern. While you may need a new roof, you certainly don’t want to have a huge mess in your yard after we’re gone. That’s why we offer a new roof, no-mess guarantee. At Mid-Shore Exteriors, providing exceptional service means leaving nothing behind – meaning no nails, shingle, or other debris will be left in your yard.

We accomplish this by using a roofer buggy which catches and stores all debris from the roof tear-off. After we’re finished, we begin our detailed cleaning steps, complete with a magnet we run across your yard to pick up ANY loose nails. Plus, In case you were wondering, the roofer buggy has ultra-wide tires which means it won’t even leave tire marks on your lawn! Simply put, we treat your home like our home – and we leave absolutely nothing behind.


Maryland’s Trusted Roofing Team

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Communicating honestly with our clients and potential clients is one of the hallmarks of the way we do business, and it’s part of the reasons we put together this roofing FAQ. Throughout the entire process from the quoting and planning, through to the finish product, we make ourselves available to answer all of your questions.

Beyond just being there to put your mind at ease, our teams are always working to continue educating themselves and improving their craft. That’s why our team of around 20 in-house contractors earn certifications from top-tier companies, including the GAF Master Elite certification and the CertainTeed Shingle Master certification.

So, to sum it all up: Mid-Shore Exteriors is dedicated to best-in-class people building with best-in-class products. Reach out today to ask any questions you may have and to get a FREE quote!

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