Removing Your Own Asphalt Shingles

Posted on: May 19th, 2017 by Lori Smith
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Having your house or business re-roofed is a pretty big deal. Most people don’t usually decide to change the look of their roof for aesthetic reasons. It is most likely done out of necessity.

An asphalt shingled roof lasts about 15-20 years on average, so the age of your roof is a big component for a re-do. Other reasons are:Damaged asphalt shingles

  • Missing shingles or shingles that are curling and buckling
  • Leaks from wear and tear or storm damage
  • Upgrading to sell your home

It is an expensive investment, so if you don’t mind some hard work you can save money by removing your own asphalt shingles. Roofers refer to it as tear off, and the next post gives an idea of how much you can save:

Roof Removal: How To Tear Off Roof Shingles | The Family Handyman

Before you take on this big chore, get a bid from a contractor to make sure the savings are worth the strain. The cost of professional roof tear-off varies widely, depending on where you live, the style of the roof and how many layers of shingles it has. In most situations, you can expect to save at least $1,000 by doing it yourself. In some situations, you’ll save $3,000 or more.

Roof Removal: How To Tear Off Roof Shingles | The Family HandymanTearing off shingles

Since you can save a pretty good chunk of money, it might be something to consider. The technique isn’t necessarily difficult, but it is a lot of work and you can’t have a fear of heights.

It also doesn’t require a ton of tools. You mostly just need either a pitchfork or a flat edged shovel, a broom to clean up, and something to haul the shingles away in. You’ll also want good gloves, some sunglasses and proper clothing.

Safety is paramount, as you will be working on a pitched roof and at times close to the edge. Use a safety harness or scaffolding to keep your footing solid.

This video gives awesome tips for home improvement projects. The creator, Shannon from House-Improvements.com, is a really good teacher:

There are times when it makes sense to re-cover your existing shingles. Every city has its own code for how many layers are allowed, but most allow for two layers before tearing off and starting fresh. You would be wise check with your local government to be sure.

As mentioned in the video, you might want to get either a dump truck or trailer to get rid of the shingles after tearing them off or consider renting a dumpster, which the company will haul off. If you use a flat trailer or a pickup bed, you are going to have to unload it by hand after a long day of working on a roof.

The following site offers a table to use as a guide for the size of dumpster needed:

Dumpster Sizing For Roofing

Use the table below to determine what size container you will need for asphalt shingles. Make sure to factor in the number of layers to be removed. For example 20 square X 2 layers = 40sq.

Dumpster Size for Tearing off Shingles

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There are a couple ways to dispose of used asphalt shingles, but a lot of people take them to the local landfill. A better option if possible is finding a recycling center in your area to allows them to be reused in a different product.

 

 

 

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