Are your asphalt shingles cracked and faded? Is it finally time to invest in a new product? Of course, roof replacement, even when dealing with an extremely affordable material like asphalt, is a major project. It requires a fair amount of physical labor and the cost of the demolition of your old roof, in addition to the reinforcements you might have to make before the new product can be installed.
The Cost of Labor
As mentioned, asphalt shingles are very affordable compared to other roofing products. However, the majority of your project costs aren't going to come from the material. Much of your bill is going to come from the labor and roof deck construction that will probably be necessary. This is why many people will actually try to save money on the project for doing some of the work on their own. While it might be beyond your skill level to install your own asphalt shingles, it doesn't take up as much knowledge to remove your old product. If you can remove all of your existing shingles to the point that your deck is exposed and prepared for the installation of the new material, you can save quite a bit of money.
Removing Your Shingles
The removal of asphalt shingles is demanding on a roof with a steep pitch. That is, the steeper your roof is, the more taxing the work is going to be on your body. That being said, the actual process of removing a shingle from the deck is very easy if you have a wooden underlayment. Most roofs have wooden decks, and the shingles will be nailed down. In addition to this, the lower edge of the shingles will have adhesive that holds them down on the deck. This adhesive can usually be ripped off, but you need to use a hammer or prybar to pull the nail out of the shingle. Figuring out the best technique for removing your particular design of shingle may take some practice.
Before you have your new shingles installed, you should have a professional handle any necessary reinforcements to your deck. This is where the job starts to get technical. If your deck needs to be reinforced to support the weight of a new product, and you don't do it, it could have consequences for the structural integrity of your property. It's not that difficult to remove old shingles from a deck, but the rest of the project is definitely something that only professional should handle.