Essential Roofing Tools and Equipment Every Roofer Must Have
Are you a roofer looking to start your own roofing business but are not sure which tools and equipment are fundamental to the roofing industry? If yes, you’re in the right place. Below is a list of basic equipment and essential tools required to perform certain tasks. Please read on.
You’ll probably need to reach roofs of different heights. Extension and step ladders are essential access tools to use. However, ladders can limit how fast you can work. Depending on your team and the task at hand, you may have more ladders to enhance efficiency. It’s also important to observe ladder safety guidelines at all times. With several ladder brands available in the market, you need to be keen not to purchase substandard products. Look for CE marked fabrications, designed and manufactured as per the relevant health and safety directives.
Nail guns can be useful when applying shingles and other nail projects on your roof. They’re faster and more convenient than hatchets or hammers. However, you need to observe safety when using this tool. It’s also important to carry a hatchet or hammer with you for convenience.
Hammer Tacker Stapler
A stapler is useful when installing the felt underlayment. If staples are to be used, you’ll need a staple gun. For cap nails, you’ll need an air staple gun. You can also look for a 2-in-1 staple and nail gun.
Measuring tapes are pretty much straightforward. You’ll use the tape to measure the roofing materials and distances on the roof. You can also use high-tech laser tools, though they may not be efficient over short distances. If you can, carry both tools with you.
This can either be a utility knife or a roofing hook blade. During roofing installation, you may need to cut shingles in sections to form hip and ridge shingles. You may also need to cut the ice and water protector as well as roof underlayment. A roofing knife is a better choice to use for the job, but a utility knife can also handle the job quite well. Roofing blades are more specialised with hooks near the edge to help the user control the cut, especially when cutting thicker materials such as shingles.
You need to have scoop shovels, pry bars, or roofing shovels that have no points, as opposed to pointed landscaping shovels used for digging. These shovels can be used to move loose shingles into a dumpster. Roofing shovels have been specially designed with steel teeth for lifting old shingles off the roof and sweeping them into a dumpster. Pry bars are specialised tools that can be used to remove select shingles and nails during repairs. They can also be used to pull the whole roof off.
These are tools used to trim metal flashing to size or cut gutter material. You can choose between straight tin snips or that lean left or right, depending on your needs. They’re cheaper than motorised shears or drill attachments and can get the job done as well.
Circular and Reciprocating Saws
You should have both circular and reciprocating saws with you. When removing some damaged roof decking or cutting out decking for skylight installation, you’ll need a reciprocating saw. They are easier to use and are efficient for use in tight spots without over-shooting, unlike circular saws. Circular saws are a better choice for cutting new decking to size, which can hardly be done while on the roof. They can cut curves and are faster than reciprocating saws.