If you have an asphalt roof, it will eventually need to be replaced. One of the major costs of a roof replacement is tearing off the old shingles. This is why you may want to do this work yourself if you have a roof that is low-pitched and easy to get on to. You may also want to do repairs to decking and other problems before you have a new roof installed. Here are some tips to help you with your roof tear-off project:
1. Renting Containers To Dispose Of Old Roofing
Before you even get started tearing off your roof, you will need to have a container to have all the materials hauled off. Rent a large enough container to fit all the roofing debris in. You may also want to get some plywood and painting drop cloths to protect the areas where you will be throwing the waste into the dumpster.
2. Staying Safe When Working On Your Roof
It is also very important to be safe when working on your roof. You should be using fall protection on your roof, as well as have another person helping you. Also, make sure you use the appropriate ladders and tools to stay safe on your roof. You can also use netting to catch materials at entry ways or where people may be passing under your work area.
3. Gathering All The Right Tools To Remove Shingles
To remove the shingles and do repairs, you will need to have all the right tools. You will want to have a flat shovel, flat bar and hammer to remove the roofing materials. To prevent materials from sliding out from underneath your feet, always start from the top of the roof and work your way down the slope.
4. Doing The Small Repairs That Need To Be Done To Roof Structures
Once you have all the shingles removed from your roof, there may be some repairs that need to be done. If there was any water damage on your roof from leaks, you can be sure that there is going to be some decking materials that will need replacing. You can cut out the damaged materials and replace them with new decking before the new roof is installed. You may also want to do any repairs to the eaves and soffit while doing these repairs to your roof.
These are some tips to help you with your roof tear off project. If you are ready to have a new roof installed on your home, contact a roofing contractor to get the help you need installing new shingles on your home.