Disposal of Shingles


Many homes in the United States feature roofing shingles manufactured from asphalt or composition materials that generally last 20 to 40 years. Many factors contribute to the life of a roof's shingles, including the durability of the material, the local meteorological conditions and the quality of the installation. A home's roof should be inspected once a year to assess any damage caused by adverse weather conditions and the presence of any structural inconsistencies. When some or all of a roof's shingles are removed, proper disposal techniques should be used.

Things You'll Need

  • Tarps
  • Rocks or cement blocks
  • Large trash bin
  • Ladder
  • Work gloves
  • Shingle scraper
  • Pry bar
  • Hammer
  • Broom
  • Dust pan
  • Lay a tarp down on the ground directly under the side of the structure where the first shingles will be removed. Place large rocks or cement blocks on all four corners of the tarp to keep it from blowing away. Spread out multiple tarps if needed.

  • Rent a large trash bin from a local waste management facility. Ask the company to set the bin on top of or next to your tarps.

  • Put on a pair of work gloves. Place the blade of the shingle scraper under the first row of shingles and the underlying tar paper, beginning at either top corner of the roof. Push the shingles free from the roof, toward the tarp or the trash bin below. Work in small sections down the roof until the first area is stripped of shingles. Repeat the process for the rest of the roof area you're stripping.

  • Pull up the nails that remain on the roof, using a pry bar. Remove nails that hold a small piece of felt by tapping the pry bar under the nail with a hammer. Pull up on the nail and throw it into the trash bin.

  • Sweep up all the nails that were removed. Push them off the roof and onto the tarp or into the trash bin below.

  • Throw all the shingles that landed on tarp into the trash bin. Wear your work gloves to protect your hands from any nails left in the shingles.

  • Sweep up the nails that landed onto the tarp into a dust pan. Deposit the nails into the trash bin. Inspect the area around the tarp and pick up any nails that you find. Place those into the trash bin.

  • Remove the rocks or cement blocks from the tarp. Roll up the tarp and deposit it into the trash bin. If the bin is sitting on a tarp, you won't be able to discard that tarp until the trash bin is removed. Ask the rental company to retrieve the trash bin.

Tips & Warnings

  • Choose a trash bin large enough to hold the amount of shingles you're removing; ask the waste management company for a recommendation.
  • Avoid removing roofing shingles if rain in the forecast for the next 72 hours. The job may take longer than you think, and rain will make it unsafe to climb onto the roof.
  • Take safety precautions when working on a roof.

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