Roof Tear Off

What is a Roof Tear Off?

What is a Roof Tear Off?

Are you finally ready to replace your leaky roof? If so, your roof proposal should include a line item list of everything that’s going into your roof replacement. But are you confused by the line item that says “old roof tear-off”? 

Your roofing contractor should go over the roof tear-off process with you, but we will also break it down for you here.  Before we get to the steps it takes to tear off your old roof you need to know what a roof tear off is. 

What is a roof tear off? 

When you invest in a roof replacement, the old roof will need to be torn off. What this means is that your roofing contractor will go section by section removing old roofing materials and tearing off your old shingles from the roof’s decking. 

The tear-off process is crucial to the replacement process. But what does the process look like? 

The 3 steps to tear off your old roof

The tear-off process of your roof replacement looks like complete chaos, but it’s controlled chaos. In this controlled chaos, a roofing contractor protects your property, tears off your old roof, and deals with your roof’s old nails. 

1. Protecting your property 

One of the main jobs of a roofing contractor is protecting your property anytime they’re on your roof. It’s especially true when you’re getting your roof replaced. 

After your contractor decides where the access point is, they’ll begin unrolling protective tarps from the gutter down to the ground. These tarps cover all the landscaping and foliage that surrounds the roofline around the base of your home. 

They do this to ensure all the roofing debris that’s coming off your roof gets into the dump trailer or down to the dump tarp and not in your bushes or yard. Once they ensure your property is protected, they’ll begin the actual tear-off process. 

2. Tearing off your old roof 

To tear off an old roof, a roofing contractor uses a tool called a “tear-off” fork. They use these forks because they easily slide under the shingles and lift them right up. 

Starting on the end furthest away from the dump trailer, they’ll start using the forks to tear-off your old roof by sections. While one crew is going from section to section tearing off, another crew is making sure the torn off materials end up in the dump trailer or the tarped landing zone in your yard. 

Your roofing contractor should always try to control where the roofing debris goes during the tear-off process of your roof replacement. 

3. Dealing with your roof’s old nails 

After the shingles are removed, something has to be done with your roof’s old nails from your roof’s decking. If it’s an exposed ceiling or exposed overhang, your contractor will pull the nails out. 

If it’s plywood, they’ll knock the nails down to ensure they’re hammered down straight and flush into the decking. This ensures none of the old nail heads are sticking up and they’re out of the way for your new roof to be installed. 

What they’re really doing when knocking the nails down is testing the integrity of your roof decking. If the decking can handle the nails being knocked down, then it can handle your new roof. But if the decking’s integrity is compromised then your contractor will have to replace it before installing your new roof.   

After the old roof is torn off, the deck is clean, and one last visual inspection is performed to ensure the nails are knocked down, your new roof is ready to be installed. 

The rest of the roof replacement process 

When you invest in a quality roof replacement, the tear-off process lays the groundwork for proper roof installation.   While tearing off your old roof may seem like a small step, it’s actually a crucial piece of the entire replacement process. 

The other steps of the process are just as important and some are more important. That’s why you need to know the entire roof replacement process.   Luckily, we already broke it down.  Check out this article on the 8-step process to replace your roof to know what to expect on the day of your roof replacement. 

If you’re ready for a new roof or just need a roof inspection, contact us today!  Heart of Florida is your Orlando and Kissimmee roofing expert.


Replace Your Roof

8-Step Process to Replace Your Roof

8-Step Process to Replace Your Roof

The day of your roof replacement has finally arrived. You’re going to get a new roof that’s going to give you peace of mind for years. But did your contractor walk you through what takes place when you replace your roof? 

The team at Heart of Florida Roofing has been replacing roofs in the Orlando and Kissimmee areas for years. Some contractors will cut corners or not pay attention to the details that roof installation requires. The exact steps to install a roof will vary from contractor to contractor. But you’ll find the process is pretty routine among reputable roofing contractors. 

Below you’ll find the steps your roofing contractor takes to replace your roof. 

1. Roofing materials will get delivered to your home 

The first step to your roof replacement is getting all the roofing materials delivered to your home. Usually, a roofing contractor will have them delivered the afternoon before or the morning of your replacement. 

Your roofing material delivery will depend on the size of your roof and the type of roof to be installed. When they’re delivered they should be kept in a dry area near the roof access point. 

2. Moving your vehicles out of the way 

When your contractor arrives at your home they’ll make sure all the vehicles are moved out of your driveway or garage. If the vehicle in the garage won’t be used during your replacement then it’s not necessary to move. 

Your contractor does this so you can come and go as you please. They don’t want to block you or your family from going about your business as usual. 

It also protects your vehicles from any stray debris that could fall from your roof. You don’t want your windshield cracked by falling roof debris. 

3. Setting up protection for your property

The next step of your roof replacement is preparing your property for the roof tear-off. For example, they’ll start tarping the ground for the dump zone and set up tarps to cover your shrubbery and landscaping. 

This is where your contractor takes all the necessary steps to ensure they protect your property during your roof replacement. 

4. Your old roof will be torn off

After your contractor covers everything, they’ll begin tearing off your old roof in sections. They’ll start on the furthest corner of your roof away from your driveway so that they’re always moving towards the dump trailer and new materials. 

After a section is torn off, some of the installers will stay behind to begin installing your new roof while the others continue tearing off. This saves time and means less traffic on your roof.  

Roof Tear Off

5. Your gutters will be cleaned out

As soon as a section is torn off and cleaned up, your gutters will be cleaned out as well. Any roofing debris from the tear-off, leaves and other possible blockages will be removed from your gutters. 

Getting your gutters cleaned out isn’t just something that happens during a roof replacement, it should also be done periodically through annual roof maintenance.  

6. Your contractor starts installing your roofing materials  

After the tear-off and making sure your gutters are cleaned out, your contractor is ready to install your new roof. They’ll systematically work their way around the house following the sections that are torn off.

Once a section is torn off, they’ll lay the underlayment and install the drip edge. Depending on the weather, they’ll then start installing your starter shingles and shingles using the installation method of your choosing. 

When they’re done with the shingles, they’ll put on all the ridge capping. One of the very last things your contractor will install is all the vents that are needed for your roof’s ventilation system. 

Be aware, that the life of your roof not only depends on the installer’s workmanship but the quality of the roofing materials as well. You should always invest in quality roofing materials to get the most out of your roof replacement.

7. Cleaning up after the replacement  

After your new roof has been installed, your contractor is ready to begin the cleanup process. They’ll blow off your roof so that all the leftover debris gets down on the dump tarps.

They’ll also blow out your gutters and downspouts to clear them of any roofing debris. After they get off your roof, they’ll spend a couple of hours on the ground. 

This is when they’ll roll up all the tarps, get their tools, and make sure everything on the ground is cleaned up. To ensure they get all the nails, they’ll go all over your property with a strong magnet. After they leave, it should be like they weren’t there at all. 

8. Inspecting their workmanship

After your roof has been replaced and your property has been cleaned up, your contractor will double-check the finished product. They’ll get on your roof, take a look around, and make sure the quality of the roof matches the high standards you expect when investing in a roof replacement. 

They’ll double-check the areas that are known to leak frequently (around penetrations, skylights, chimneys, etc.) and make sure they’re properly protected. No matter the contractor you hire, they should always inspect their workmanship to ensure your roof is properly installed and all local codes have been followed. 

Ready to hire a roofing contractor?

Now that you know the process to replace your roof, you’re probably wondering how long it’ll take. That answer varies from roof to roof. Factors like the weather and roof accessibility determine how long it’ll take to replace your roof. But remember you can’t put speed over quality.

To ensure you get a high-quality roof replacement, you need to hire a great roofing contractor. 

If you’re in Orlando or Kissimmee and looking for a professional roofing contractor, don’t hesitate to contact us to start the journey of replacing your roof today.