How to Remove Roof Shingles

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A roofing repair company in Jupiter, FL have given us some insights on how to remove roof shingles. A misconception is that shingles are only the asphalt kind. In fact, they can be made of slate, clay, metal or wood. Your roof is considered a shingle roof if it is not a single piece of material covering the roof.

In any DIY activity, safety is important. This is not just your own personal safety but also that of your surroundings such as the doors, windows, and landscaping. Make use of a roof jack to prevent sliding of debris. In warm weather, asphalt shingles can be damaged simply by walking over them. Check the supports of the roof and stick to those paths. Take note of softer areas where sections could break and cause you to fall.
Using a roof shovel is the fastest way to remove shingles and often the nails as well. Begin with the ridge cap shingles. Continue removal of shingles and the underlayment (waterproofing felt paper) in 2 – 3 foot wide sections. Work downwards with the jack. Move back to the top when beginning the next section. For optimal productivity, keep new shingles at hand.

A major part of removing shingles is the actual clean up. Have someone to assist you by catching any debris thrown down. This will minimize cleaning up later. Begin removal in the area furthest from the debris container. Dump debris regularly. If you cannot place the container close to the building, create a makeshift dumping area by placing a tarp on a flat area as close as possible.

Protect roof flashing and sheathing. Exposed boards can be covered with a tarp temporarily overnight. Water can be applied and an ice barrier can be laid along the edge of the roof covering 36 inches up. Avoid wrinkling. Sections can overlap 6 inches. If a second covering is required, overlap by 4 inches. Cover the rest of the roof with 30-pound asphalt-saturated felt.

Do not damage roof flashing as these can be reused. Rusted, cracked or valley flashing must be replaced. Flashing with a lot of tar have been repaired previously. These will also need to be replaced. Work carefully in these areas. Gently pry up the flashing. Set aside once nails have been removed.

Once you are down to the last 2 or 3 feet, do not pry shingles and underlayment all the way up as they can fall. Rather work loose with your hands.

Inspect the roof for any nails, loose areas that need to be nailed again or underlying damage including cracked or rotting boards.

Check gutters for nails and loose granules. Don’t forget to use a broom magnet over the yard when cleaning up. Small pieces of debris can be missed no matter how carefully you may have worked.

Written by: Thomson


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Special thanks to Pro Roofing FL for providing some information for us.

Pro Roofing FL

3900 E Indiantown Rd. Ste 607-111

Jupiter, FL 33477

(561) 287-3106

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