No matter whether you are a skilled individual who is about to do some roofing work, or a specialized worker in the field of roofing, it is very important that you have the right roofing tools to do your job. Using the right roofing tools will definitely ease your roofing work. Working on a steep surface is hard enough as it, as the weight of the materials that have to be taken to the roof is quite big. Besides the weight of the roofing tools, the fact that roofing work is usually done on hot, sunny days adds to the difficulty of this job. In the beginning, the roofing tools and equipment consisted mainly of a hammer, a tape measure and a pouch to hold nails.
At present, the diversified range of works, materials, designs led to the diversification of roofing tools as well. A knife used for cutting asphalt shingles would not be such a big problem; but when the worker deals with installing tiles, slates or metal roofing and other materials the problem gets very complicated from the roofing tools perspective. For this reason many roof workers use a nail gun which makes the work faster. The good thing about this item of roofing tools is that it can be operated by means of an air compressor, electricity or a battery. Of course these are just simple items of roofing tools. With the development of technology the roofing tools have also developed a lot and roofers have a wide variety from which to choose.
Next is just a short list of roofing tools that can be purchase everywhere: handy roofing seamers, long hand serrated shingle ripper shovels, slate hammers, heavy duty roof slag scrapers, shingle wedges, shingle sleds, pole brackets, ladder brackets, seam rollers, roofing sheet metal tongs, etc. An important piece of roofing tools and equipment is the ladder. The ladder is necessary for the worker to get onto the roof he is going to work on. Nowadays there are electric powered lifts which help raise the shingles and other materials as well as the roofing tools onto the roof. Such a device is more than useful as just one average pack of asphalt shingles weighs around 80 pounds.
And if there is no electric lift, then the ladder must be strong enough to bear both the roofer and the load he might be carrying. For bigger jobs, the contractor can rent an electric lift for the time needed to take the roofing tools and materials onto the floor. Another very important piece of the roofing tools and equipment is also an air compressor or a generator needed to power pneumatic roofing tools if the job asks for such tools.