Roofing tools have changed as much as the roofs have themselves. We don’t live in a world of thatched homes anymore. Times have changed, and modern materials are now commonplace. Roofs require a special set of treatments and an expert set of skills. There’s a vast array of tools, from simple hammers and nails to state-of-the-art safety harnesses. Roofer’s tool storage units quickly overflow with their required kit.
This guide will share the tools that roofers can’t do without, including explanations of their functions and core features. Many of them are indispensable for DIYers and professionals alike. Regardless of your professional stature, we’ll be sure you have the right equipment.
Types of Roofing Tools
Roofing tools are as varied as the roofs themselves. Each is designed with a specific purpose. You might be able to skip some and fashion something out of a tool you already own, but you’ll be sacrificing efficiency. If you want to do the job properly, using the appropriately designed tool is essential.
Shingle Removal Tool: This tool is essential if you’re working with a shingle roof and need to conduct minor repairs or replace shingles. Sometimes, roofers will use a roofing spade to complete the same task. Typically, they comprise a flat surface with teeth that you can wedge under a shingle before prising it away.
Roofing Hammer: A hammer isn’t just a hammer when it comes to roofing. Roofing hammers are designed to be used when working at height, especially when you don’t always have two hands to work with. Features such as magnetic nail holders make the process safer and more efficient. They’re also designed to make nail extraction easy with specially designed claws.
Roofing Nailers: Professional roofers looking to work at speed will use a roofing nailer. This power tool drives nails into roofs in a split second. Also known as a nail gun, you can adjust the depth so that every nail embeds perfectly every time.
Ladders: Safe and easy access to the roof is a crucial part of any roofing project. That means having an appropriate ladder is essential. Many ladders come with extension and multi-position options. The best will have features such as uneven surface stability and adjustable height. The sturdier, the better.
Utility Knives: A utility knife with a keen, sharp blade is a tool that a roofer will use daily. They are used to cut shingles, underlayment, and insulation. To ensure maximum safety, all knives roofers use should have a retractable blade.
Seam Rollers: When working with rolled roofing, minimizing raised seams is vital. A raised seam can catch moisture and promote dampness. A seam roller helps to reduce these by flattening them into a smooth surface. They can also be used to ensure maximum adhesion when gluing down new material.
Tin Snips: This is not a requirement for every roof installation, but certainly when working with metal. Tin snips are used to cut metal roofing and trim sheets to size. To help achieve the perfect angle, you can find tin snips in straight, left, or right configurations.
Hoist or Lift: On almost all professional projects, you’ll see hoists and lifts. These tools are designed to help transport heavy material to the roof with minimal effort. They hugely improve efficiency and reduce safety hazards.
Chalk Line: Chalk lines maintain a precise, symmetrical, pleasing look when installing shingles. They help roofers know precisely where to make cuts and are often refillable (both the chalk and string).
Safety Harness: Whenever you venture up a ladder to a roof, you should always wear a properly secured safety harness. The best options are comfortable to wear thanks to padded belts and straps. Each will come with fall indicators and quick-release buckles. Safety harnesses should be a top priority.
Roof Anchors: We mentioned in the previous point that your harness should be properly secured. That means it needs somewhere to secure. Roof anchors serve that purpose. You’ll find them in the form of peak anchors and disposable anchors. The material they’re made from is essential, but more important is the installation process. This must be done perfectly to avoid potential falls.
Knee Pads: The nature of the work means spending a lot of time on your knees. Without some, you’ll quickly feel uncomfortable and need to stop working. Professional roofers see these as an indispensable requirement, often building them into work wear.
Helmet: As with any construction site, head protection is mandatory. Accidents happen, and kit sometimes falls from height. A helmet can be the difference between life and death.
Tool Belts: Reaching awkwardly for tools or, worse still, having to go up and down for tools can be avoided with the right tool belt. Each comes with a selection of slings and pouches to hold vital equipment.
Magnetic Sweeper: Try as you might. You’re going to drop the occasional nail or slice of metal. These need to be collected to avoid corrosion and damage. A magnetic sweeper helps to collect any leftover materials quickly.
We’ve named 15 different tools that you should use when working on your roof. That’s quickly going to fill your tool shed! The key here is to understand the merits of each individual tool. Take time to learn the function of each, and you’ll quickly find that they will make for a far smoother installation process.
- Some tools are designed to make the installation of roofs easier. Others are designed specifically for your safety.
- Whenever working on a roof, safety equipment is always mandatory.
- You could repurpose tools you have, but you’ll be more efficient with specially designed roofing tools.
If you’re looking for a professional company that has all of the tools and even more of the knowledge, then look no further than Trenton Roofing.
Alex Valentino – Vice President
Leading the way for the company’s second generation of family and employee ownership, Alex’s mission is to create lasting relationships built on trust and respect by providing uncompromising workmanship and unparalleled customer service. With a focus on safety and consumer education, Trenton Roofing strives to set the bar for the advancement of the roofing industry and the betterment of our local communities. When he is not working, Alex can be found traveling with his fiancée, watching football or playing a relaxing round of golf with his friends.