Tips For Removing Old Shingles

If you have to remove your roofing shingles before installing a new roof, you need to be careful about it because you may end up damaging your home or injuring yourself. Here are some useful tips to prevent both from happening.

Protect Your House and Landscaping

Debris from the roof can damage your house, especially glass windows and doors, if you are not careful. Even the landscaping, such as the flowerbeds and lawn, are susceptible to damage during the removal of shingles. Therefore, you should protect these areas before beginning work. For example, you can lay a tarp under the roof and protect the windows and doors with boards so they don't shatter under the impact of debris.

Toss the Shingles Directly Into Receptacles

One mistake many people make when removing shingles is to toss the debris to the ground and then handle the cleanup later on. This is unnecessarily difficult work; avoid it by tossing the shingles directly into suitable receptacles when removing them. For example, you can rent a dumpster (or a couple of them) and place them in such a way that you can toss the shingles from the roof into the dumpster to avoid double work.

Cover the Exposed Sheathing Right Away

Leaving your sheathing exposed to the dangerous weather elements is a big mistake because it can become damaged and require an expensive replacement. Therefore, you should make it a point to cover up the exposed sheathing as you work. This should not be difficult if you are ripping up the shingles in sections; do a small section and cover it up instead of waiting for the end of the day to cover up the roof. That way you don't have to worry about an unexpected rainfall or snowfall damaging the roof. This is as easy as nailing a tarp over the exposed areas of the roof.

Be Careful With Hazardous Areas of the Roof

If you are removing the shingles because your roof is old, then it's likely that there are other weak parts of the roof apart from the shingles. This means the risk of hurting yourself—for example, by slipping and falling—is high when you step on the damaged parts of the roof. Ideally, you should walk on the roof supports because they are likely to be stronger than other parts of the roof. Alternatively, you can leave the work to professional roofing contractors.  

Alternatively, you can let your roofing contractor handle the entire project; this is certainly the safest way to go. Contact a company like Advanced Roofing and Construction for additional advice.