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Roofing Tools Guide

Roofing can be a dangerous job and is always hard work, so having the best tools and safety equipment available is critical.

Roofing Articles provides you with an overview of the basic tools and equipment needed to maintain, repair or install a roof.

Some of the tools used have been around for decades, while others have evolved into high tech roofing tools.

Equipping yourself with the right tools enables you to complete jobs efficiently and safely.

Read on to learn the basic tools of the roofing trade.

Air Knife

Designed specifically for cutting thick laminate shingles an air knife runs on compressed air and has a heat-tempered hook blade to slice through all types of shingles.

Hammer Stapler

For some roofing applications a hammer stapler is used to apply heavy duty non-rusting staples instead of nails.

Knee Pads

Many a roofer’s career is over when his knees give out, so protecting your knees with comfortable pads is highly recommended.

Layout Tools

Basic roofing layout requires a plumb line to get accurate reference points, a chalk line to mark layout lines and a good quality retractable steel tape measure.

Pry Bar

Used to remove roofing material when replacing a roof. Various lengths may be needed depending on the demolition job.

Roofer’s Chair

When spending long periods of time on a pitched roof, the roofer’s chair with clawed feet gives you a stable and level working place.

Roofing Hammer

The most basic tool for any roofer is a roofing hammer, with a hatchet end for splitting shakes and shingles and a hammer end for pounding nails. Some high quality roofing hammers will have a gauge to let you easily maintain course height.

Roofing Nailer

Pneumatic roofing nailers offer many advantages for some types of roofing jobs. And since a roofing nailer is often the most used and abused tool in a roofer’s tool chest, you’ll want to get a name brand model from Bostich, Senco, Hitachi or one of the other major manufacturers.

Shingle Saw

Used to cut shingles, slate and other roofing materials. Blades are available for cutting all types of roofing materials including wood shingles, light metal, masonry material and fiber cement.

Slater’s Bracket

This handy tool provides the roofer with adjustable positions to hold planks in place when working on a slate roof with most any pitch.

Tool Belt

A roofer need to have his hands free as much as possible, so a comfortable, durable tool belt is crucial.

Utility Knife

A sharp utility knife and good supply of sharp blades are essential for cutting felt and trimming shakes and roof shingles.

- Local Fresh  updated April 16th, 2008
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