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Old 04-25-2006, 12:15 PM   #1
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My landloard asked me to re roof his house for him. I have roofed 3 tab before over existing 3 tab. Unfortunatley his house has rock and tar for the roof. How hard is it to remove it and how does someone go about doing it. THX

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Old 04-25-2006, 01:44 PM   #2
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I have done a few and once you get it started it comes off pretty easily.

Protect everything underneathfrom dropping rocks. On my first one, I parked my '68 Chevelle SS 396 a little too close and ended up getting the front clip repainted.

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and just scrape it all to one side??
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Old 04-26-2006, 07:10 AM   #4
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Tear off the whole thing, tar, felts, gravel down to the roof deck. I hope you have someone that knows how to flat roof.
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dont screw around with flat roofing unless you know what your doing, it could be an expensive lesson. if its coal tar pitch then it could also be a painfull lesson.

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Yup, square point shovels. We didn't have any flat roof sections, you have to be careful with them.
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The roof is not flat, it actually has a pitch to it. My fear is the tear off part
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Yes the fun part as well. You dont have to be nuts to be a roofer "but it does help".

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It is still a low slope system to be installed? What is the pitch?
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2/12 maybe 3/12 at the most, the bids have came in at 4200-5300 for 30 yr shingles
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On that slope, if you can even get it 100% waterproof with shingles, there is no way the shignles will last. The shingle manufacturers will not even warrant the material on that slope. I would suggest going with a low slope roof.

If you do not like the idea of the look of a low slope roof, check this out

http://www.cooleygroup.com/webcont.nsf/0/bldindex

The Illusions line is a low slope membrane that is manufactured to look like an architectural shingle. Perfect for those marginal slopes.
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I would recomend against shingling that low of a pitch,but if they insist then you could apply a layer of Grace I&W then shingle it. It would be foolish to just shingle over paper on that low a pitch.

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