2 Common Mistakes When Stripping A Roof Of Shingles

Reroofing a house isn't rocket science. For that reason, many homeowners elect to save money by tackling this project themselves--only to end up spending way more time than they should on even the simplest of tasks. If you have plans to undertake a roofing project in the near future, read on. This article will present two common mistakes made during an important initial phase, that of shingle stripping.

Failure to utilize roof jacks.

Generally speaking, the steeper the roof, the more hazardous the work involved. Sloped roofs also present difficulties where storage of materials and tools is concerned. The last thing you want to do is have to climb down half a dozen times a day to retrieve your hammer from where it has slipped off the roof into the bushes.

Both your safety and your ease of access to important materials can be greatly improved through the use of roof jacks. Roof jacks consist of specially shaped metal braces that are temporarily attached to the roof using roofing nails. Once the braces are installed, a board is placed across them, forming a perfect horizontal surface. Not only does this permit you a sturdy place to stand while working, but it provides ample space for keeping tools, shingles, and lunch pails.

Starting at the bottom and working up.

Amateurs always mistakenly believe that removing shingles from the bottom up is the best way. This confusion might have something to do with the fact that that is the direction in which new shingles are installed. Yet when stripping shingles, it is advantageous to always begin at the top of the roof. There are two main reasons for this.

First, you'll be safer while you work. Moving upward means that shingles will be sliding down around you on all sides. It can be easy to mistake a loose shingle for one that is still fastened. Nothing is more dangerous when working on a roof than losing your balance like this.

Second, starting at the peak and moving down is just plain easier. The process starts with the removal of the ridge caps. This handily exposes the top edge of the shingles, where all of the roofing nails are located, thus providing a better angle for using your shingle scraper. This tool--a sort of half shovel, half crowbar hybrid--makes it easy to remove shingles by popping out the nails that hold them in place. And all of those old shingles will naturally slip down and off of the roof away from you--ideally right into the rental dumpster placed below!

To learn more, contact a roofing company like Suncastle Roofing Inc. 

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