What will it be like when they remove and replace my roof?

I try to tell my clients that the first time they view their home without a roof on it, it can be an significant emotional event!

We will have the yard and flower beds clean when we’re done, but the process of removing your old roof and installing a new one is no small matter.

The average asphalt shingle weighs about 2.1 lbs per square foot.  What does that have to do with anything?  Well, on the roof in the video we had to remove 4300 square feet of shingles (43 squares): 9,030 lbs…or 4.5 TONS of debris.  That’s going to create a mess!   Because the old shingles and felt don’t come off the roof in neat pieces, they come off in all sorts of sizes and shapes.  All of it has to be disposed of properly and cleaned up!

By the way, on a 4300 square foot roof, there are over 20,000 nails that have to be removed, disposed of and cleaned up off the ground.

Then we have to get another 4.5 TONS of new shingles up on the roof and use another 20,000 nails to install them!

It’s dirty, its disruptive and if you know what you’re doing, it can look beautiful when it’s done!

Here’s a video that’s a compilation of several videos my Production Director, Justin Foreman, shot during the demo phase of a new roof in Virginia Beach.


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