Getting geared up for roofing, whether you’re starting your own roofing company or tooling up to go to work, requires certain tools just to get out of the gate. We have compiled a list of those tools so that you can prioritize your purchases. Though we listed the ones that we feel are important, this is far from being a complete inventory.
A nailer is the primary tool that makes you a roofer. The skill that you develop in nailing at a productive speed and adjusting your nailer for your abilities is what is encompassed in the process of roofing. By and large, the most effective nail gun for roofing is a coil nailer. You can get them in several different sizes that accommodate several different nail lengths. They come in handy also if you need to shoot some ring shank nails to put down plywood. There are both battery and pneumatic styles, and they both get the job done. By far, though, the industry favorite is still the air gun. With any nailer, you need to make sure that you have enough of the accessories required to keep it fully operational.
Lots of people are partial to staplers as well. Staples that that have 1” to ½” crown are also quite a capable roofing fastener. Most of the suppliers of coil nailers have a version of the stapler as well. The biggest drawback to staplers is that they are much more specific to the particular type of staple that you are using and many of the staplers out there are not for roofing.
This is the hand tool that you will most often need to go along with your nailer. Most often, to tap down nails that were not aimed properly that can still get a good seal in the tar line. Sometimes it’s needed to pull a nail and start over. This is the primary tool to have in your nail bags, along with your roofing knife. It will help you remove misplaced tiles, clean the work area and tap down nails on final inspection. When you go to buy a roofing hammer you will notice there are several different hammer shapes that all go under the heading of roofing hammer. Some look like a hatchet. Others look like a regular hammer with one of the claws missing. The various different looks are standard with different types of roofing to choose from.
A Shingle Remover
Often the term is synonymous with a roofing shovel. There is a specific version of a shingle remover that resembles a shovel with teeth but there are several versions of a shingle remover that are all used in different applications. Some are meant to facilitate one person doing a tear-off. It helps guide the removed old roofing into a roll. It also has wheels and gives you a cart to help carry it to disposal. Others are for a traditional team that can form a roll of tear-off rather quickly and cart it off to throw away.
A Hammer Tacker
A roofing job can come to a dead stop without the proper tools to get the underlayment down. A hammer tacker allows you to staple your paper with the same quick motion that you nail the tiles down keeping your crew productive and using techniques familiar to them. Hammer tackers are durable and use T- 50 staples, the most common and easy to get. They are have the same basic machine parts as a regular hand powered t-50 staple gun except that they are set by impact so they are easy to use and can be refilled on the spot.
You know that you are not going anywhere without a ladder. And if you’ve been using a ladder for a long time that’s getting more and more wobbly, it’s time to get a new ladder that gives you a feeling of security. Those that are in the industry will notice a brand new ladder before they notice anything else. That’s because a new ladder is a commitment to making sure that you are getting on that roof and doing it safely. Adjustable two fold and three fold ladders are very durable, sturdy and can be compacted to a size that fits easily in any vehicle for transportation. Extension ladders have various adaptions for reaching the roof, or setting up ladder jacks for staging to hold material. These are very handy when you are on a steep incline and you need a place to operate from.
Guest Blog Published By: