Rolled roofing lasts for up to 12 years. When the roofing wears out, the underlying roof sheathing can be exposed to moisture. Moisture will rot and induce mold and mildew growth. Before installing new roofing, you must remove the old roofing. Rolled roofing contains small rocks and asphalt. This material tears easily, but the roofing nails holding it to the sheathing take a little extra effort.
Things You'll Need
- Flat pry bar
- Claw hammer
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Pry up the outer edges of the rolled roofing with a flat pry bar. Stick the edge of the pry bar beneath the roofing nails and pry them up.
Grab the loose edges of the roofing material and pull it up off the roof. It doesn't matter if the nails rip through. Pull up all of the roofing in this manner. Throw the roofing into a trash receptacle.
Pull up all of the old roofing nails that continue to hold pieces of the asphalt roofing to the roof sheathing. Use a pry bar and a claw hammer to eject these nails. Toss the nails in the trash.