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3 Reasons We Use a Roofing Buggy as a Roofing Contractor

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You’ve probably seen it already: You’re driving by a nearby house that is getting a new roof. You notice the roofing contractor has several workers on the roof clearing off the old layer of shingles.

But what really catches your eye?

It’s the big tarp on the ground trying to catch all the debris, nails, and tar paper.

Draped haphazardly over bushes, shrubs, or maybe flowers; it is easy to see that the tarp is doing a poor job in collecting the bulk of the trash. As you drive by, you cringe thinking about picking nails and other waste from the flower bed and yard for the next year.

Surely there are better ways for roofing contractors to clean up and prevent this mess, isn’t there?

At JMK Roofing LLC, we are proud to be a roofing contractor that uses roofing buggies. While they may look strange, here are the 3 main reasons we use them to protect your yard.


collect the trash

This is by far the most important reason we use a roofing buggy, and it makes us and our customers very happy when we can leave the job site with all the trash taken care of!

So how do they work?

Basically it is a dumpster on a lift. Sounds simple, right?

There are two main things the roofing buggy can do that makes the trash cleanup much more efficient, clean, and safe.

First, as we already mentioned, it is on a lift. This means it can be raised to be slightly lower than the roof line. This prevents shingles and debris from floating down 8-20 feet (depending on your roof height) and making a mess below.

And second, roofing buggies have metal sides that create a funnel. This funnel can be raised and adjusted to come right to the edge of the roof, creating a slide from the roof to the main compartment. This means the debris being removed from the roof is funneled directly into the main compartment.

The end result?

The crew on the roof can easily push all the debris directly into the roofing buggy without worrying that they will miss the main compartment and make a mess.


decrease demolition time

Roofing contractors and homeowners like the roofing buggy not just because it keeps everything around the house clean and neat. It also makes the crew more efficient and decreases the demolition time.

Why is this important?

Obviously the roofing contractor wants to spend less time on the job site so that he can install more new roofs, but there is a benefit for the homeowner as well.

If it saves the crew some time, this means less noise and construction at the house, which is a plus to the homeowner and his neighbors.

But the biggest benefit is the saved time in cleanup. The crew doesn’t have to worry about picking everything off the ground, and the homeowner doesn’t have to be worried about weeding out nails and debris when the roofing crew leaves.


no tracks in yard

Earlier we said the roofing buggy was basically a dumpster on a lift. This may have scared you a bit, because you are probably picturing the need for a big truck to back into your yard by your house.

Trucks moving around your yard is never a good thing, is it?

There is potential for tracks in the yard, damaged trees or buildings, and a lot of other things that can go wrong.

But roofing buggies have one last feature that make them special to us. They are towed behind a truck to the job site, but when we arrive, the roofing buggy has its own engine that allows it to maneuver by itself around your house.

That means no truck tracks, no worry about tree limbs hanging down, and no worries about your yard being too small!

At JMK Roofing LLC, our desire is to give you the ultimate roofing experience, especially the PA, MD, and DE areas. To help us meet that goal, we are proud to use roofing buggies.

We would love to talk with you about how we can help you with your roof! If you are looking for a roofing contractor or local roofing company, contact us today!

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