Process Of Tearing Off The Old Residential Roof

As soon as you start having problems with your roof, it’s definitely time to make some major decisions. When it comes to roofing, you may be wondering which choice is ideal for you. It’s most likely time to replace it. 

However, even though this is a more extensive repair, your roof is a protective barrier for your house and your family. But are you unsure about the proper procedure for removing roofs? The task is difficult but achievable if you have the necessary tools, expertise, and strategy. 

We’ve broken down the shingle removal procedure into easy-to-follow steps.

Tearing Off Your Roof: Simple Steps To Follow

To prepare for a new roof, Blue Collar Roofing suggests to follow these easy but comprehensive procedures for pulling off your existing roof shingles.

  • Prepare And Be Safe

Make the following preparations before you begin removing your old roofing shingles:

  • The roof and the ground should be cleared of any debris. If there are falling risks in your workspace, no one is safe, not even you.
  • All tools (such as extension ladders) should be kept in the designated work area.
  • Make sure your yard isn’t mowed or watered before you begin removing your roof’s shingles.
  • Use tarps to shield your landscape from falling debris.
  • Order your dumpster early, so it arrives before you begin your project. Place it near the roof so debris can be easily dumped during the tear-off.
  • Ensure you have your safety gear and tools before you start working.
  • Organize a group of people, whether they’re close friends, relatives, or colleagues, to assist you on the day of the event. Before you start, ensure they have all the necessary safety equipment and are familiar with the strategy. Then everything should go well.
  • Fix The Roof Jack And Scaffolding Board

Working your way down, the roofing jack will keep the board in place to catch any debris. It may also serve these dual purposes as a safety precaution or a location to keep your feet secure while working.

  • Start At The Top To Remove The First Shingles

Starting at the roof’s peak is where you want to start tearing off the shingles. Row by row, you’ll make your way down the peak’s line. Make sure you don’t attempt to accomplish too much at once, or you can find yourself in over your head with a lot of debris on the roof, which could end up posing a danger to yourself and the underlay below the shingles.

  • Begin To Fill The Dumpster

You don’t have to pitch everything into the garbage at once to save time. You may throw all the torn-off shingles into the trash using the roofer’s jack and scaffolding. You’ll save a lot of time and effort if you don’t have to go back and forth often. Remove a few rows, dump them, and so forth.

  • Review Exposed Flashing

After removing all or most of the shingles, check the flashing around the chimney, walls, etc. Flashing is one of the items that may need more regular maintenance, and because shingles do not cover them, now is an ideal time to repair or replace them.

  • Complete Removing Roof Edges And Valleys

Take care while prying up and tearing down your roofing shingles with the roofing jack using your roofing shovel. Toss the last few rows of shingles into the trash or let them fall to the ground while removing the roofing jacks.

  • Take Off The Valley And Pipe Boot Flashing

This flashing should be removed and thrown away during a re-roof, so go ahead and do that now. Replace them with new ones when you install new shingles.

  • Clean Up The Roof

You’ll need a push broom and a nail remover to ensure everything is clean and ready for the new shingles. During roof removal, fix any water damage or other concerns. If you’re not going to replace the shingles straight soon, put a tarp over it.


A new roof installation is a significant task. It may be difficult, time-consuming, and stressful. On the other hand, it will increase the value of your house, shield it from the weather, and provide you with a sense of security. Learning the roof replacement process can give you greater confidence in your choices as you prepare for a new roof.

After trying the techniques listed above, if you’re still unable to remove the shingles or complete the re-roofing, you should contact a trustworthy, experienced roofing contractor for assistance.