If you are going to be installing a new roof, one of the ways that you might save yourself some money is to handle the removal process on your own. This is not always recommended as there is danger whenever working atop a house or other building. So, if you do undertake the project, please be safe and consider the following FAQs.
What is a shingle scraper? This is a tool with a wide, flat, shovel-like blade. It features a jagged edge that fits beneath the lip of the shingles. The angle of the blade provides leverage and enables the roofers to pry the shingles from the surface. There are a couple of varieties available on the market today, but they are used in the same manner. Some prefer the version with a jagged edge at both ends of the blade.
Are there any alternatives? For those, in Dallas, TX, who are tearing up their roofs on their own instead of calling in professional roofers, there is no need to invest in such a tool. Flat-bladed garden shovels are nearly as effective and most homeowners will have one on hand. For those who don’t, there is also the option to use a pitchfork. It too can provide the necessary leverage, but may require the roofer to remove a single layer at a time. Though this does make them easier to carry and move aside.
What about the pieces left behind? After the bulk of the shingles have been removed in this way, there is typically a spattering of small pieces left behind, due to nails that didn’t fully lift in the prying process. These can be dealt with using the back side of the hammer. Fitting the nails into the groove, the hammer allows the leverage needed to lift them and release the shingle pieces.
Should I let shingles fall to the ground? Absolutely not; shingles are very heavy and could seriously harm a person standing below, near the edge that they are thrown from. A single square of shingles can weigh as much as two hundred-fifty pounds or more. A large section of that can be lifted at once.
What is a ‘Square’? In roofing, a ‘square’ is the equivalent of one hundred square feet. A single family home can easily require ten to fifteen squares, if not more. Fifteen squares will have a total weight of 3,750 pounds or more.
How does one remove flashing? Flashing is the sheet metal cut to fit around seams in the roof, such as that around a chimney or vent. It is generally attached with a healthy dose of roofing tar, but can typically be torn away relatively easily. The tar must also be scraped away to provide a clean surface for the new roofing.
What if the boards or nails are lifting beneath? If there is any lifting, it should be addressed. Lifted nails should be removed and replaced or pounded back into place. Similarly, lifted boards should be refastened with nails to the rafters beneath.
To learn more, please visit the roofing experts at http://www.dallasroofing.co/garland-texas-roofing/
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