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Many homeowners are intimidated by the idea of tearing off shingles and replacing a roof. Before going the do-it-yourself route, it may be wise to obtain a few bids from Greeley roofing professionals. Doing it on one's own may not save enough money to justify the time and effort. The cost of a roof removal performed by a team of professionals will depend on factors such as the style of the roof, the home's location and the number of shingle layers that will be torn off.

A little preparation at the beginning of the job will ensure that the rest of the project runs smoothly. It's important to check the local building codes; it may be necessary to obtain a permit. Try to plan the project during a stretch of fair weather: The builder's felt used in the underlayment can tear or detach from the roof when it's exposed to the elements during bad weather, so it's better to get the new shingles up as soon as possible. If a roofing professional is handling the installation, the work can be scheduled so that the layer of new shingles is installed immediately after the removal of the old roof. Homeowners who are performing a roof removal on their own will probably want to tackle the job in sections. One section of shingles can be torn off and replaced with new ones before moving on to the next.

There's no denying that a roof removal can be messy, but a bit of effort can minimize the amount of cleanup that's needed.

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Covering the doors, windows and turned-off air conditioning unit with plywood will shield them from any debris that may fall off the roof. Placing tarps over the lawn and gardens around the house will protect them from debris and make it easier to clean up the property. Don't forget to rent a trash container before tearing off the shingles: It's convenient to just throw the shingles off the roof into the container without worrying about a mess.

Another key part of preparing for a roof tear-off is following necessary safety procedures. It can be dangerous to work on a roof, but taking certain precautions can help minimize the risk. Using a few roof jacks with a plank of wood is an inexpensive and easy way to prevent workers from falling off a steep roof. Safety gear, such as work gloves, safety glasses and sturdy rubber-soled shoes, can also help prevent accidents and injuries. It may be wise to obtain a safety harness for an additional degree of protection.

Removing a roof requires a fair amount of preparation. Homeowners who decide to handle the task themselves need to plan the project carefully and take the necessary safety precautions before beginning the job. If any doubt remains about the ability to tackle the project, it may be best to leave the job to a team of experienced roofing professionals.

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