Is anyone familiar with removing a flat rolled roof (not the kind with
stones on top)? I know it sounds simple enough but I have a few questions:
Are there any special tools required?
Where on the roof do you start? (Corner I'm thinking).
Is it a job for an inexperienced roofer or is it more labour intensive work?
(I am OK at other general repairs)
I tried doing a google search but haven't had much luck. Mostly info on
Any help is greatly appreciated!!
I've used the same tools as used to tear off shingles, but it's still
hell. A flat shovel can be useful. "Shingle Eaters" allow you to pull
roofing nails more easily. Little bits and pieces can occur, or really
large chunks. This job is perfect for the inexperienced roofer, as it
is very labour-intensive! Tom
Yes! Normally much easier to remove.
Start at the top and work your way down and left to right or right to left.
If the stuff is still in decent shape it may peel off in big strips.
If it was full glue down then you are in for an ordeal. If it is just roll
roofing or half lap you will be in great shape.
If working by yourself, try to plan out how much you can do in one day, and
keep in mind the risk
of leaving the roof open, assuming leakage into the interior is a real
On work like this, it's easy to overestimate how much you can do in one day
when you're not conditioned for it.
If the roof is too large to get recovered in one day and the the weather is
threatening, or you are otherwise delayed, you may want to start putting
down courses of the new felt and top material on the low end before you even
finish stripping off the higher end of the roof. If necessary, you can tuck
a temporary strip of roofing or felt under the low end of the remaining old
roofing (keep a fairly straight line on the cut). This temporary strip can
then lay on top of the highest strip of the new roofing. With some
weighting, this can survive some rain without serious leakage.
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