How To Safely Strip Shingles From Your Roof

The initial step in replacing a roof is to remove the shingles. It is a straightforward process, which is why homeowners try to save money by doing it on their own. Unfortunately, it is possible to hurt yourself or the roof because some safety tips were ignored. That's why it is so important to follow these two tips when removing shingles from a roof.

Start From The Peak And Work Your Way Down

When installing new shingles, the process requires starting at the very bottom of the roof and working your way up. When removing old shingles the process is the opposite. Removing shingles from top to bottom has some advantages.

The process will go much faster when starting at the top. Once your roof's ridge cap has been removed, it will allow easy access to shingles on the highest row. Since shingles are applied by nailing them in along the top, it gives you easy access to the nail and makes removing them a breeze.

Starting at the peak will also give you a huge safety advantage. You will not have to deal with dislodges shingles that are falling down on you. All it takes is for one shingle to get underneath your foot to cause an accident by losing your footing. When you start at the peak of your roof, it will give you a solid surface to be standing on the entire time.

Use Roof Jacks For Added Stability

All roofs are not created the same, and some are much more steep than others. Working on a steep roof can become dangerous, not only for keeping your balance, but you need a place to safely keep tools until you are ready for them.

Consider using roof jacks as a way to provide stability when working on a steep roof. They are metal braces you temporarily secure to the roof using nails, and you will require at least two of them to secure a board that rests horizontally along the slope of the roof. You can use this board to stand on or to keep your tools and supplies nearby. Multiple rows of roof jacks can be used to provide the stability you need, and they can be removed as you are removing the row of shingles they are attached to.

If you don't feel safe removing shingles on your own, hire a roofing contractor to do it for you.