Charleston Roofing: Article About Basic Steps To Roof Removal
At the outset, doing a roof tear off seems like an overwhelming job. For this reason, many choose to leave the job up to Charleston roofing professionals. But, the truth of the matter is, if you do a little research and some preparation, it's something that can easily be done by a homeowner in a couple of days. As with all things, success is contingent upon having the right tools and having those tools easily available.
When it comes to a roof removal, the first place you're going to want to start is with purchasing a receptacle for the garbage that is going to come from the old roof. Have that receptacle positioned as close to the roof as possible, perhaps in the driveway. In order to protect your driveway, put a few sheets of plywood down under the wheels of the trash receptacle.
If you have bushes or trees around your house, cover them with plastic. This is going to prevent debris from falling and damaging them. This is also going to make the cleanup process a whole lot easier. When it comes to windows and exterior walls, take a few sheets of plywood and lean them up against the walls and windows. This is going to protect the walls from damage and the windows from breaking.
Now that you have the basic prep work out of the way, you can begin removing the old shingles. This is a step where having the right tools means everything. Using a tear off shovel is going to make the job so much easier.
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It really does not matter where you start on the roof when it comes to the removal process. However, for the sake of saving your back muscles, it may be a good idea to start at the top, and work your way down. Once all of the shingles have been removed, simply use a push broom to get all of the remaining nails and fasteners off of the roof. In addition to being potential trip hazards, left-over nails and fasteners can actually damage new shingles.
Now, you are going to want to cut and install your ice and water barrier. It's best to try and do this in 8-foot links. Remove the backing, and apply the sticky side of the barrier to the roof sheeting along its edges. They should be overlapped by approximately 6 inches. The installation of this barrier should be done in conformity with building codes. Felt material should be stapled down with a 5/16-inch staple. You are going to want to do this every few inches along the lapping joints.
After the cleanup of the remaining felt material has been completed, the time has come to snap the lines that will serve as the grid for the installation of your shingles. After the shingles have been delivered, install them according to the manufacturer's instructions. Then comes the final cleanup job, which should now be a lot easier thanks to the plastic materials you laid over your trees and bushes.