I am a homeowner who is about to embark on a remodeling project. Among other
things, I will be removing the tar and gravel flat roof and replacing it with a
shingled hip roof. Problem is, I have never worked with tar and gravel nor even
watched someone else do it.
My plan is to hire some day laborers to help me remove the existing roof so
they are unlikely to know any more about it than I do. My assumption is that it
is not really stuck to the roof decking except in spots where the tar has
leaked through and that it can be removed with flat edged shovels and the like
and lots of elbow grease.
The problem that concerns me most is how to cut this stuff up in order to get
it in the dumpster. With one continuous sheet roughly 30 x 50 feet it will
obviously have to be cut into smaller pieces for handling. How is this done?
I'm betting it takes more than just a utility knife to cut it. Is there some
trick to it? Any help or advice would be appreciated.