Removing a Roof Not for Faint of Heart

Roof RemovalTearing off a roof can be an intimidating task – and rightfully so. There is a lot that goes into the process from start to finish. Let’s take a brief look into tearing off your roof, starting with what you’ll need to know before you start.

Before you can even begin project, you will need to check local building codes as well as the weather forecast. Make sure your neighborhood allows you to do this work and that the weather elements will ensure the right conditions to get it done.After that, prep work is key.

Around the edges of the building, cover plants, doors and windows so pieces of debris don’t end up in the wrong place. You also want to do this so pieces of roofing don’t crush plants, kill grass or end up in your living room. You should also rent a large trash bin and place it within throwing distance to your roof. 


When you’re ready to start removal, start at the farthest point from the garbage container, at the peak of the building. Use a specialty roof shovel to rip the ridge caps and top shingles. Try to get rid of the shingles in two or three feet sections and work downward towards the gutters. Also remove the underlayment as you go and start back up at the peak when you have removed all the shingles in that section.


When you have finished removing all the shingles, you can then remove the roof jacks that are left. Some roofs also have ice and water barriers along the edge of the roof, which will need to be removed with scraping. This is a very intensive and time-consuming process. The time and effort it will take you might be worth the cost of a professional to remove your roof and put on a new one.

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