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Video:Prepare to Re-Roof Your House

with Rocky Matson

Before you take on the challenge of re-roofing your home, it's important to be prepared and have everything in order. We'll show you how to prepare to re-roof your house.See Transcript

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Transcript:Prepare to Re-Roof Your House

Hi, I’m Rocky Matson for About.com, and today I’m going to show you how to prepare to re-roof your house. It’s not easy work, but if you’re up for the challenge, you can save yourself a lot of money by doing it yourself.

Safety First with Roofing

The first thing you’ll want to do is to think about safety. If your roof is even moderately steep, you’ll certainly want to buy a roofer’s protection kit. But even if your roof is flat, a roofer’s protection kit is still something to consider. You can buy them at Lowe’s, Home Depot, and some other stores for around $100.

They include a harness, safety line, and an anchor system. They’re also great to have for cleaning out your gutters or removing snow from your roof. Even a couple of safety systems for you and your helpers will be cheaper than a trip to the hospital.

Also get yourself some safety glasses, hearing protection, gloves, and some non-slip shoes. Tennis shoes work great. They’ll stick to the roof better than most work boots.

As you get on your roof, make sure your ladder is well secured or have someone hold if for you.

Prepare Your Materials

To find out how much roofing material you’ll need, measure each section of your roof by multiplying the length by the width. That will give you your roof’s square footage. This roof has just two sections that are both 60 by 18 feet. Multiply them together and you get 1080 feet. Add the second side and you have 2,160 feet.

Secure Permits and Check the Weather

Then check with your local city or county about local building codes and required extras such as ice and water shield. You’ll probably need a permit as well.

Now check the weather to make sure a big storm won’t blow in when your trying to work.

Get Tools and Supplies

Then call around to get some quotes. You can go online or use the Yellow Pages to check roofing suppliers along with the big home and garden stores. They’ll most likely be willing to deliver the materials right on your roof, so check to make sure roof delivery is included.

As for tools, the company that supplies your materials should provide you with a list of what you’ll need. You can probably rent pretty much everything you’ll need from a place like Home Depot or a local tool rental company.

Disposing of Shingles

You’ll also need a disposal method for the shingles. So call a waste management company and arrange to have a dumpster, which is sometimes called a roll off, delivered to your house. Have them put the dumpster close to your house, so it’s easy to toss your garbage inside.

Now you’re ready to go to get started. Thanks for watching. For more information, join us on the Web at About.com.
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