A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding the Roof Replacement Process

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Whenever residents and business owners need reliable contractors providing cost-efficient and high-quality roof replacement in Phoenix, AZ, they contact our project planners at Pinnacle Roofing. Our roof replacement experts have decades of combined experience working with every type of roofing material and meeting residential and commercial building codes. We give all clients a five-star satisfaction guarantee on top of an extensive manufacturer warranty for their brand-new steel, shingle, and shake roofs.

Every year, we entertain numerous questions from clients about how long it takes to replace a roof, how much materials costs, and what circumstances call for replacement instead of roof repair. In this article, our licensed technicians will outline the average costs of labor, mainstream materials, and cleanup.

When Do You Need a Roof Replacement?

A roof replacement can become a complex and costly project, and you should know when you need one instead of opting for repairs. Roofing materials have different average lifespans, and our technicians recommend reviewing roof replacement and installation records to check the remaining mileage on your roof before purchasing a second-hand property. Let’s examine the typical lifespans of roofs in Phoenix, AZ:

  • Asphalt roll roofs have a lifespan between 5 and 10 years
  • Built-up roofs, or BUR, can last for 20 to 30 years
  • Well-maintained wood shake and shingle roofs can last between 25 and 40 years
  • Standing-seam metal roofs last between 30 and 50 years
  • Clay or cement shingle roofs last between 50 and 100 years
  • Slate roofs last more than 100 years with proper maintenance

If you notice exterior damage after an adverse weather event, you might get away with shingle replacement or minor repairs. However, when your ceilings sag, you can see daylight piercing through your attic, or you can spot visible damage on your chimney flashing, it might be time to consider a new roof. Our technicians recommend getting an inspection from roofing professionals before going to the next step.

Finding a Reliable Contractor

We recommend finding a reliable contractor for roof replacement, as going DIY might create removal, installation, and waste disposal issues. Contractors like Pinnacle Roofing will help you achieve your design goals, meet building codes, and eliminate construction waste without causing problems for you and your neighbors.

A good contractor will do the following things for you:

  • Inform and follow applicable building codes and industry standards
  • Provide license information, client references, and proof of insurance
  • Give you free consultations and written estimates
  • Never asks for a 100% upfront payment

How Long Does Roof Replacement Take?

A good contractor will offer you a roof replacement timeline. Factors like square footage, roof type, shape, and slope might extend or shorten average replacement times. Also, top-rated contractors might be busy serving other clients during peak seasons, such as autumn, when everyone begins preparing for winter, so factor that into your schedule.

Our roofing technicians usually require the following allowances for roof replacement:

  • Metal roofs take at least two days to replace
  • Asphalt shingles require one or two days
  • Slate roofs feature heavy materials, requiring a 6 to 7-day installation timeline
  • Concrete tiles require building additional support structures, often necessitating nine days of replacement time
  • Wood shake requires three to four days

Your Roof Replacement Process

Choosing Your Roofing Materials

When a contractor learns about your prospective schedule, design goals, and structural requirements, they will offer you a selection of roofing materials that best suit your needs. Consider the most in-demand roof replacement materials in Phoenix:

  • Asphalt shingles rank as the most popular roofing material in the United States, and contractors can install them in different color schemes with a lifetime cosmetic and structural warranty.
  • Wood shakes give homes and business structures a rustic appeal but are vulnerable to fires and cracking from hurricanes.
  • Metal is the leading choice for industrial structures because of its long-lasting, fireproof, and energy-efficient qualities.
  • Slate makes a highly durable, beautiful, and fire-resistant choice but is also heavy and forms a patina over time.
  • Clay tile roofs give residential and commercial buildings a red sheen that reminds onlookers of Spanish-style structures from the colonial era.

Removing Your Previous Roof

Our project planners will create a timeline, budget, and work schedule for our technicians, all detailed in our contracts. When you give us the green light, we will remove your previous roofing and decking materials with state-of-the-art tools.

Our shingle removal tools allow our technicians to remove thousands of square feet of asphalt shingles in one day. We use pry bars and drills to remove metal roofs fast. Our disposal team waits nearby to gather waste materials and transfer them to the appropriate facilities.

Preparing and Installing Your New Roof

Our team might need to install new support structures to hold your new roof in place. We will install a drip edge and underlayment, which include rust and water-resistant materials that protect the wood and concrete framework under your roof.

We will place starter shingles from the bottom and sides of your roof, working up to the top. If you want a metal roof, we will install new panels, row by row.

Cleanup and Inspection

After we finish installation, we will sanitize gutters and downspouts and clear out the debris on the tarps in your yard. We will also walk you through a visual inspection of your new roof to ensure we meet your expectations.

Contact Us Today

To learn more about roof replacement in Phoenix, AZ, call Pinnacle Roofing at (623) 471-7096 and get a free consultation from licensed technicians.



  • I was in a hurry to replace my roof because Tesla solar was installing my system and had moved up my installation date. Pinnacle was able to bump up my roof installation a few weeks in order to accommodate my solar install. I really appreciated this. Everyone with whom I dealt was professional. I was happy with my new roof.

    bret ford
  • Professional and on time. Coordinated with HVAC installation company and entire job finished in one day.

    Judith Sparks Craft
  • Had plywood and surface damage on a large 400 sq foot second story 29 year old walk deck/balcony. Pinnacle Roofing did an amazing job repairing existing plywood, adding a second layer of plywood and applying a four step Polycoat coating. The entire staff was helpful and in constant communication with me. I had twelve different companies come out over three months for estimates and was completely satisfied with my choice and the end results from Pinnacle.

    Tracy Young
  • Scott and Sydney were very professional. The crew were very professional very clean and did a great job. I needed them to fix something and Sydney came back out the next day to correct the problem. Would recommend them to anybody they were excellent very professional great job guys.

    Robert J Schneider
  • Had my Roof replaced , They did a great job , Neat cleaned up every day ,showed up on time , Brandon & Sidney were always available if any problems arise! Very Pleased ! Satisfied Customer

    Joe Rodriguez
  • Fantastic work done by Pinnacle Roofing could not be happier! The materials used met or exceeded the written estimate. Roof was completed on time and in one day, the clean up was very good.

    Kirk Rzepecki
  • We have used them for two repairs now. Happy with the quality of work. At times feels like they are a bit slow to communicate but it may be because they are a smaller company. Other than that we recommend them to all who ask us.

  • The workmanship was outstanding. They workers performed efficiently and professionally. I'm totally impressed and pleased with their work. Great group of workers.

    Ed Anderson
  • Excellent job reroofing my house. Very professional, cleaned the site every day, looks great. Would use them again.

    Mike Long
  • Excellent work on time friendly and finished in one day and it looks awesome. Don't be afraid to hire this company.

    John Talani


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