What tools are needed to repair a roof?

Repairing or repairing the roof are tasks best left to roofing professionals. Each requires skill and very specific materials and tools. Small errors made when building a roof will later lead to major problems. It is dangerous too. Falls from the rooftops are the leading cause of deaths associated with construction sites.

Below is a compiled list of the tools you need to install, replace, and repair the roofing.

Nail Guns and Roofing Hammers or Hatchets

  • Most roofers will use nail guns for shingle applications and other nailing work. The safety of nail guns is a problem, but most roofers consider nail guns to be quicker than hammers. But many roofers also tend to use roofing hammers or hatchets.

Hammer Tacker Stapler

  • Depending on your building code requirements felt underlay may be installed with staples or cap nails. You’ll need a staple pistol if you’re using staples. If you use air nail pistols, it makes sense to use an air staple pistol as well. The nail and staple arms are also 2-in-1.

Air Compressor

  • If you choose to use pneumatic nail guns, a roofing air compressor will also be needed to maintain the proper pressure in your tools at all times. You may be tempted to buy a combo tool with a nailer-compressor that doesn’t need an air compressor. These tools, however, do not hold up pressure long enough to complete a roofing job. Plus, the air cartridges are costly.

A Shingle Cutter: Either Roofing Blade or Utility Knife

  • For several jobs, roofers need utility knives or roofing hook blades such as shingle cutters. If you are building 3-tab shingles, the shingles in parts would need to be cut to form hip and ridge shingles. Whatever shingle you’re using, you’ll also need to cut an underlying roof as well as an ice and water protector. A utility knife is a fine choice to handle the job, but a knife on the roof is a little more specialized and makes your job easier. Roofing blades have special hooks close to the edge to help control the cut when working on thicker material, such as shingles.

Reciprocating Saw and Circular Saw

  • Why do you use 2 different saws? Well, when you cut roof decking for a skylight or when repairing any decking that has sustained water damage, you’ll need a reciprocating saw. Although less reliable than circular saws, reciprocating saws on the rooftops are simpler to use and can get into tight spaces without over-shooting.

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