Tear Offs – Roof Removal

What is a Roof Tear-Off?

A roof tear-off is exactly what it sounds like – we tear off the old roof to make way for the new one. It is basically a roofing removal.


Advantages of a Roof Tear-Off

  1. We remove all the old underlayment, shingles, tiles, and flashing. This allows us to start new with all new materials. That way you aren’t investing in new materials that are placed over older materials that might be at the end of their life span.
  2. Starting with a clean slate means we can get a good look at your roof and be sure to fix any problems with your roof decking before you pay to cover it with something else.


What Makes Us Different From Other Roof Tear Off Companies

What makes TR Constructon different from other roofing removal companies is our streamlined system. During a roofing removal, things might get a little loud and messy. But over the years, we have worked out a highly efficient system that helps to reduce the mess and disrupt your life as little as possible. Our clients often talk about how pleasant our crews are to have around. No small feat when we are tearing your roof down!

If you have any questions during the process, each project is assigned its very own project concierge to make things go as smoothly as possible.


Examples of Roofing Removals

Here is an example of an existing roof system that has been torn off down to the plywood deck. As you can see, the plywood overall is in good shape. That is due to the underlayment which is the felt paper that protects the plywood deck from moisture intrusion. In San Diego, houses that are 25 years old or less, in most cases, have plywood as the roof deck surface. Houses that are over 25 or 30 years old could have plank boards instead of plywood. That was the standard deck surface back 25 – 30 years ago.

A third type of roof system that we tear off is an old wood shingle roof system. These wood shingle roof systems were used over 25 years ago and were known at the time to be an upgraded type of roof system. This wood roof system we have found over time here in San Diego to be highly flammable and are being replaced at a rapid rate. You will find in San Diego there aren’t many wood shingle roofs left and with local fire codes these days, we will no longer find these roofs in existence in the next few years to come.

When these roof systems are torn off, wood slat boards known as “skip sheeting” is found underneath. Back in the day when these wood shingle roofs were installed the ideal way to install the wood shingle was over skip sheeting instead of plywood or plankboard because the premise was that the wood can breath easier with the wood slat spacing and therefore last longer. But, we have found through time and experience that really isn’t the case. When these are torn off, full sheeting, either plywood or known in today’s industry as OSB board is installed on top of the skip sheeting as a wood base onto which we apply the new roofing material.