Charleston Roofing: Article About The Do-it-yourself Roof Removal
If you are a homeowner who is looking for a challenging do-it-yourself home repair project, tearing off the old roof and replacing it with a new one may be just the job for you. Roof repair is a big job, and it does require a lot of work. For this reason, many choose to use the services of a Charleston roofing company.
However, if you take the time to prepare in advance and to purchase the correct tools, you can do the job efficiently. In most circumstances, a building permit is going to be required, so it would be a good idea to talk with the local municipal building inspector prior to beginning the job.
Included in the preparation for the job would be ordering a trash container to hold all of the material that you are going to tear off of your roof. A 20-yard square cubit container will be just about the right size to hold all of the debris from a 1,500-square-foot roof. To make things easier on yourself, have the individual who delivers the garbage bin put it right underneath one of the eaves of your roof. This way, you can easily throw any material you need off of the roof and dump it directly into the container. More than likely the project is going to take a little less than a week, so it may be a good idea to plan to have the garbage bin rented for at least a week. This way, if you have a little bit of get up and go or you have some friends helping you, you will not only be able to dump the trash from the old roof, you also be able to dump any garbage created from the installation of the new roof into the bin.
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Another thing to keep in mind prior to beginning the project is purchasing the items you are going to need immediately after the roof has been removed. This is going to include items such as felt paper, barriers for ice and water, and wood or some other heavy material in order to keep the felt paper in place when the wind is blowing. If you have all these materials on hand, you will be able to begin the waterproofing of your roof immediately. Once the waterproofing material has been laid down, snap the chalk lines that you will use as your guide for laying out the shingles. Doing all of these things immediately will mean that you will have a clear path on the roof to work on prior to the shingle bundles being delivered.
A good rule of thumb is to order shingles to be delivered that day after you complete the felting process. That way, your supplier can deliver your shingles and place them on the roof for you. This will make it easier for you to stage the project. If you do not own the tools you need, your local hardware store will no doubt be able to rent those for you.