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If you are planning on removing and replacing your roof, more than likely, there are a few questions crossing your mind. One of the primary questions that people ask is how long will it take to remove and replace my roof. Obviously, the answer to this question is going to vary depending on who is doing the job and how many people are doing the job. If the job is being done by Charleston roofing professionals, it is possible that a roof of up to 1500 square feet can be removed in just one day. Similarly, a group of three or four hardy do-it-yourselfers can complete the project in approximately the same amount of time.

There are some things that you should consider if you are going to do a do-it-yourself roof removal. One of the first things that you should think about is pacing yourself. The goal should be to only remove as much of the roof as you are going to be able to safely protect from weather on the same day. This is especially important if you are doing the roof work on your own or with just one other person. Remember, it is always going to take you longer to protect and weatherize your roof than it will to remove old shingles.

Something that will make this do-it-yourself project easier is if you start to tear off in the position that is the farthest away from the trash container that you are going to use. This way, the felt paper that you lay down will not be damaged as you are removing the remaining shingles and debris off of the roof and into the trash container.

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Patience is also key to success in a do-it-yourself roof removal. After the shingles have been removed, go over the wood surface meticulously. Look for anything, such as protruding nails, protruding sheathing or protruding fasteners that could damage new shingles that are installed. If there are protruding nails that cannot be removed, pound them in. Once the wood surface has been completely cleaned, you can go through and sweep the surface, and then install the felt and the water barrier.

When doing a do-it-yourself project on the roof, do not overlook safety. Sometimes, you may see a professional roofer working without a safety harness. They are professionals, so they may have the experience to do so without injuring themselves. If you are not a professional roofer, it is a good idea to remember some common safety tips.

To start with, always wear a safety belt and ropes. This is especially the case if you are on a roof that has a steep slope. When using a ladder, extend it a few rungs above the roof edges. Use bundles of shingles around the ladder to prevent kickoffs. Do not work on a roof covered ice, covered in frost or that is wet. Be aware of your surroundings, and avoid power lines. Lastly, use 2" x 4" kickers on roof edges that are frequently used.

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