Ensuring Your Safety First for Any Roofing Job
Most homeowners will try to avoid going up to their roofs whenever they encounter a roofing issue such as a leaking roof. Instead, these homeowners will immediately call roofing professionals to address any roof problems most of the time. However, there are times when the roofing issue will require only a minor fix, and calling a professional roofer will only make homeowners spend more. It is, therefore, important that homeowners become knowledgeable on how to fix minor roof issues on their own. To do this, they must have the right tools and equipment for minor roofing repairs.
First things first, you will need to have these necessary pieces of equipment when you decide to tackle even a minor roofing job for your home.
Fall Protection Equipment
It is necessary if you plan to do your roofing job from the ground. A fall could permanently injure or even kill you, so you should avoid doing this type of work.Safety harnesses and ropes will be very useful if you decide to go up and work on your roof. You can also use them if you need to get down fast.
Extension Ladders and Scaffolds
You might also need this, especially if you expect to do some light repairs on your roof. Whenever possible, get an extension step ladder that can extend up to the height of your roof, so this will allow you to work comfortably and not put a strain on your body whenever you’re up there working on the roof. If your roofing jobs require you to remain standing for long periods, it would be best to use a ladder hoist or a scaffold that reaches the sides of your roof. Scaffolds can allow you to remain standing while doing minor roof repairs to damaged portions of your roof near the exterior walls.
Tool Belts and Pouches
You can get a tool belt and pouches for all the roofing tools you might need when doing your roof repair job. These tool belts allow you to have quick access to these necessary repair tools, and they also keep your hands free so you can avoid wearing gloves whenever possible. It would be better if you could find a tool belt and pouch set that will be able to hold everything, even if it means having added weight on your waistline. If you carry heavy roofing tools, choose a tool belt with a back and shoulder harness to distribute its weight.
Roofing Shoes or Boots
You might also need these, especially climbing on your roof. Sturdy boots with soft soles made from slip-resistant rubber should be enough for most minor projects on the roof. If the problem is on a steep slope, it would also help if your shoes or boots have lugs or cleats to give more traction when walking up and down the roof. It would be best to keep some sturdy shoes inside of your roof so these will allow you to quickly go up there whenever necessary without racking your brain for what kind of shoe you should wear first.
First Aid Kit
Even if your roofing job is just a minor one, you might get injuries. Therefore, it would be best to have a complete first aid kit to be safe.
Before you begin working on the roof, you must keep all household members away from the area where you will do repairs. It is because falling shingles can injure people sheltering under them, so it would be better if everyone stayed inside the house or somewhere well protected. You will also need to make sure that no kids around could accidentally come near the area where you’re doing your work and hurt themselves.
Debris Management and Clean-Up During and after Repair Jobs
Another great measure to take when doing your roof repair is always keeping an eye on the ground below. It would be best to spare yourself the extra work of cleaning up pieces of shingles and splinters from the ground, so make sure that everything that falls will not cause any damage or disturb anyone. A rubbish bin and a wheelbarrow on the ground can collect discarded shingles. If you make a habit of throwing the damaged shingles directly into the rubbish bin while working on the repairs, you would not need to worry about the ground clean-up of the job site after you get the job done.
Cleaning up the debris that may have fallen onto your yard after a roof repair is crucial in ensuring the safety of your household. You would not want your children or pets to step on discarded nails and other pieces of metal. A magnetic sweeper can help you pick up small metal pieces that may have been scattered in your yard.
Tools for Removal
You can categorize roofing tools into two types: removal tools and installation tools.
Roofing Shovel or Shingle Removers
This tool can come in different styles, but they all work the same. It is a metal blade that is curved like a scimitar and attached to a long handle. This blade is used for removing the tabs of single-piece shingles. You will probably need an extra pair of hands if you find yourself with many shingles to remove. You do not need to purchase a professional shingle remover if you have minor roof damage. An ordinary shovel or a pry bar can serve as a roofing shovel and get the job done of removing damaged and old shingles for you.
This tool works the same way that a regular hammer does. However, it has a stronger head to support bigger nails or staples that are being driven onto the roof or removed from it. If you have lots of roofing jobs to do, it is best if you choose an electric nail gun for its convenience and time-saving benefits.
As the name implies, tin snips are used for cutting metal, especially roofing material. It can cut through shingles of any kind, but it would be best to have a good pair of tin snips if you plan to perform more complicated projects on your roof.
Tools for Installation
After you have removed all the damaged parts of your roof, you can now exchange the roofing tools for removal that you are carrying for installation tools.
If you have many damaged shingles to replace, you have to have a fast and efficient tool to help you get the job done. A nail gun is perfect for situation because it can drive nails into roofing material much faster than any other hammer or roofing nailer.
This tool comes in either metal or plastic. It has a 90-degree angle at the tip, so you can use it to accurately measure any roofing job. It is used for checking angles and verifying that the strips are in a straight line.
Heavy-Duty Cordless Drills or Hammer Drills
It would be best if you simply invest in a heavy-duty cordless drill with enough power to drive through shingles. However, if you do not have any roofing jobs to perform, you can still take advantage of the versatility of your heavy-duty cordless drill by using it as a replacement for other tools around the house.
The Right Roofing Tools for Your Specific Roof Type
Having the right tools is necessary to fix minor repair jobs on your roof. However, not all homeowners have the same type of roof. Therefore, homeowners need to know exactly what their roofing type is to know what roofing tools in case they need to tackle a minor roofing job.
Asphalt Shingle Roofs
Asphalt shingles are usually the most common roof types found in homes. This type of roof is affordable, especially if a professional team installs it. They are also easy to repair since they are composed of many-layered asphalt layers, which can easily be replaced when damaged or during an upgrade.
Tools Needed for Asphalt Shingle Roof Repairs
- Tarps to use as a protection
- Metal shears to cut through the roofing nails, which are also commonly known as roofing staples
- Pry bar for removing shingles
- A boot scraper or an ice melting shovel for cleaning any debris left by the removed shingles
- Hammer, screwdrivers, and nails for replacing damaged shingles
- Flat Roofs
Flat roofs are typically made of strong materials such as clay tiles. These types of roofs can last a long time without needing repairs. However, they may require minor repairs occasionally, especially when the house’s interior is being renovated. Since flat roofs have a particular type of repair process, homeowners must know what tools they will need before attempting to do any repairs on their own.
Tools Needed for Flat Roof Repairs
- Pry bars to remove the old tar paper
- A new layer of tar paper
- Underlayment felt paper
- Misc. nails, screws, and shingles
- Metal Roofs
Metal roofs offer great benefits to their owners, requiring very little maintenance and having a life expectancy of more than fifty years. However, minor roof problems can still occur, which homeowners need to address occasionally. Homeowners must know what tools they may need when dealing with small repair jobs for their metal roofs and know the different materials they may encounter during such repairs.
Tools Needed for Metal Roof Repairs
- Roofing Hammer
- Pry bar
- Nails- small and medium sizes
- Nails- stainless steel nails and large nails
- Utility knife, roofing knife, or shears
- Fiberglass/ Membrane Roofs
Fiberglass and membrane roofs are usually used on flat roofs. They are composed of different rubber, fabric, plastic, tar, and sometimes gravel. However, these types of roofs also have specific tools that homeowners will need to address minor roofing problems that may arise occasionally.
Tools Needed for Fiberglass/ Membrane Roof Repairs
- Utility knife or shears
- Roofing Hammer
- Pry bars
The correct roofing equipment is necessary to make minor repairs on roofs composed of different materials. Since each type of roof has its specific tools that homeowners will need to use, homeowners must know what these tools are beforehand to be ready when it comes time for minor roof maintenance.
You can fix even the most complex roofing problems with the right knowledge regarding your roof type and the right equipment.
Calling the Help of Professional Roofers for Roof Repairs
If you lack the necessary tools for your roofing needs, do not immediately go out and buy the tools listed above. You may find it cheaper to call the services of professional roofers than to invest in tools and tackle the repairs yourself. When you hire professional roofers, they will have all the necessary roofing tools for any roofing issue you may have. Most roofers, if not all of them, will also ensure that the repair job they do is of the utmost quality and that their job sites are cleaned after they are done.