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How To Remove Old Shingles From Your Roof

How To Remove Old Shingles From Your Roof - Bob Jahn's Roofing in Roseville

How To Remove Old Shingles From Your Roof – Bob Jahn’s Roofing in Roseville

Although some homeowners may choose to do this job themselves, the tools, safety precautions, expertise, and dirty work provided by professional roofing contractors is always better. And this is where our team at Bob Jahn’s Roofing comes in. A roofing contractor and expert, Bob Jahn is an ideal choice for roofing, roofers, commercial roofing, and residential Roofing. We have roofing construction experience all over Roseville, Rocklin, Loomis, Lincoln, Auburn, Sacramento County, Placer County, and the Highway 80 Corridor.

How To Remove Roof Shingles

We’ll give you a basic idea of how to remove your shingles. However, even when you hire a professional roofing contractor, it will be better than you are equipped with more understanding of the process. Since there is no magic pill for every home, you will still need to do your own extra research and preparation, even to help your contractor. Finally, we never recommend for you to go on top of your roof or walk on your roof. This is why we insist you hire a professional contractor.

With that said, here is the basic process of removing old shingles:

  • Prepare the work area: You don’t want falling shingles, nails, and debris to damage your siding, doors, windows, and landscaping. So take precautions to protect them. Put plywood over doors, windows, air conditioners (turn them off first), etc. to prevent damage. Also, use tarps and plastic coverings to help protect plants and make picking everything up all at once easier.
  • Removing Shingles: Shingles are installed from the bottom up so you need to remove them from the top down. Always start with the ridge shingles first. You can remove old nails or pound them. Once you remove shingles from the peak of the roof, you can get behind the shingles easier from above easier and wedge your shovel underneath. Push and slide down until you hit a nail, then pop off the nail and the shingle. If your roof has a slope, the shingles and nails will likely slide down and off the roof, so be sure no or nothing is underneath. You can also position a large trash bin under you.
  • Proper Disposal: Make sure you understand how to get rid of your particular shingle type. Asphalt shingles are petroleum-based so you cannot throw them away, bury them, or leave them lying around. They must be brought to the correct disposal center.

Not Sure How To Add Shingles Over Existing Shingles? Give Bob Jahn’s Roofing a Call Today!

Before removing old shingles, you might want to consider if you can add new shingles over existing shingles. However, one of the benefits of removing old shingles is being able to assess the condition of the underlayment and the roof deck. Eventually, you need to make sure there are no leaks or deterioration there. It’ll be exciting to have a brand new roof and we’re definitely here for all your roofing needs. We highly recommend you work with professionals such as Bob Jahn when removing old shingles from your roof.

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