Learning About Roofing Services

Time For A New Roof? Here's How To Remove The Old Shingles

If your asphalt shingles have seen better days, and your roof can't hold one more patch, it might be time to have a new roof installed on your home. If you want to save some money in the process, you might want to consider removing the old shingles yourself. Once the shingles are removed, your roofing contractor will be able to come out and install your new roof. Here are some step-by-step instructions that will help you remove the shingles.

Rent a Dumpster

Before you start removing the old roof, you need to rent a roll-off dumpster from your local trash company. The dumpster will allow you to discard all the roofing material as soon as it's removed. You can rent the dumpster for as long as you need it, which means you can leave it on your property for the roofing company to use while they're installing your new roof. When setting up the dumpster, be sure to place it directly under the roof edge. This will allow you to throw the old roofing material into the dumpster without leaving the roof.

Cover the Plants

The next thing you need to do is cover any plants you have that are growing near your home. You can use ordinary plastic tarps to cover your plants. Covering your plants will keep roofing material and dirt off your plants and protect them from damage. Once your old roofing material has been removed, you can discard the plant covering.

Remove the Shingles

Once you have the dumpster in place and the plants covered, you'll be ready to remove the old roofing material.

Supplies You'll Need

  • Ladder
  • Slip-resistant shoes
  • Square-nose shovel
  • Pry bar


  1. Put your slip-resistant shoes on and use your ladder to access your roof.
  2. Use your square-nose shovel to scrape away the old shingles.
  3. Working from side-to-side, continue scraping until you've removed all the old shingles.
  4. Use your pry bar to carefully remove old roofing nails that might be visible. 

Clear Away the Remaining Debris

The roofing company will need a clean surface to install the new roofing material on. You'll need to make sure that all the dirt and debris is cleared away once the old roofing material has been removed. Use a push broom to clean the roof. Be sure to remove debris from the edges of the roof, especially around the vents.

Now that it's time to have a new roof installed, you can save time and money by removing the old material by yourself. The simple instructions provided above will help you get your roof ready for the new roofing material. Contact a roofing company like Empire Roofing if you end up needing assistance.