How to Remove an Asphalt Shingle RoofAsphalt shingle roofs last about twenty years, on average, then, begin to become less effective. The combination of heat and humidity so prominent in the Sunshine State, takes its toll and causing shingles to warp, turn-up or sag, and even crack. As time goes by, the extent of the damage becomes larger and that means it’s time to get a new roof installed. Of course, any homeowner instinctively knows that roof replacement isn’t cheap and it isn’t easy.
From natural materials like slate and wood to manmade products such as asphalt, sheet metal, and plastic polymers; there are more types and styles of roofing to choose from today than ever before. While each has its advantages and shortcomings, they all can add a distinctive design element to your home. —Today’s HomeownerTo cut down on the cost, you can remove the old shingles yourself. Be sure to plan in advance and schedule appointments with at least three different contractors to get estimates. You ought to coordinate the timing of when the shingles will be stripped off the roof and when the new construction materials will be installed. Also, be sure to look at the weather forecast so you aren’t caught off-guard by a rainstorm or thunderstorm. When you’re ready, you can remove an asphalt shingle roof by doing the following:
- Get your gear and tools ready-to-go. You’ll need at least one ladder, ropes, leather gloves, eye protection, and a shingle scraper. In addition, you’ll also have to clear the area surrounding your home’s exterior. Move any vehicles away and keep children and pets safe inside or have them stay at another location.
- Begin to remove the old shingles at the peak. At the peak of the roof, you’ll find a “spine” like cap that runs across the entire length of the roof. This is where you’ll begin to remove shingles, using a scraper.
- Scrape off row by row until bare. Go row by row once the cap is removed, you might have to also replace the underlayment or roofing paper, if it is damaged. This provides an extra layer of protection between the shingles and the sheathing.
- Hammer or replace any nails. After all the shingles have been removed, examine the roof for protruding nails. These should either be hammered back in or replaced.