How to remove asphalt shingles from a roof and remove the resulting waste.
Stripping asphalt shingles from a roof is quicker and easier than you might expect -- the hard part is the waste removal. Gathering and carting off old shingles is a dirty, tiring job. It is well worth planning your project carefully.
Find a disposal company that will haul away old roofing. Call around for the best price. If you tell the salesperson how large the roof is, he or she should be able to estimate the size of trash container you will need. If you need two containers, have them delivered the same day so your house does not sit partially unprotected overnight.
It's easiest to shovel and sweep downward, so place the trash container beneath the largest portion of the roof if possible. Or you can lay a large tarp on the ground and shovel trash onto it. However, you will have to pick up the debris and transport it to the trash container in wheelbarrows.
Working with a helper, plan for most of a day to tear shingles and flashing off a 700-square-foot roof, transport it to a trash bin, and clean up the yard.
Roofing shovel or flat pry bar, wide and narrow shovels, pitchfork, hammer, wheelbarrow, broom, nail magnet, tin snips, utility knife
Working safely on heights
Arrange for the trash bin and protect the lawn and plantings with tarps.
Remove valley and drip-edge flashings. It may be tempting to leave the old flashings in place, but these should be removed so you can install new, reliable flashings along with the new shingles. Also remove the step flashings.
There is one exception: You may choose to retain counterflashings. Counterflashings can often be removed in good enough shape that you can use them as templates for cutting new pieces.