When it comes to fixing or installing a new roof, hiring the experts is always the best decision. It saves you the hassle, exhaustion, and the physical risks of having to do the roofing job yourself.
However, some homeowners still want to try and take on roofing job themselves. If you are among these individuals, you should be aware of the basic roofing equipment you should have if you are planning to fix or install your roof yourself.
Or, even if you don’t actually plan on doing major roof construction, having the basic roofing tools can be a great deal of help in case you need to do some emergency repairs while waiting for the professional roofing contractors to arrive.
A long and sturdy ladder – Since your roof is elevated, you need to access it for inspection and reparation in a safe way. Always make sure that your ladder is sturdy enough to carry your weight and is not shaky in any way. Also, ask someone to hold the ladder for you while you are climbing it to ensure safety.
Pry bar – A curled, cracked, or damaged shingle should be removed and replaced. In order to remove the shingle effectively, safely, and quickly, you need a pry bar.
Roofing hatchet or a regular hammer (for small jobs) – Also referred to as a roofing hammer, this tool is specially made to attach shingles to the roof.
Roofing nails – Roofing nails are as important as other roofing equipment, however, the roofing nail you should use would depend on the roofing material on your roof.
Chalk line – Even if you are just installing a few shingles for repair purposes, it is imperative that you make sure that they are aligned perfectly. A chalk line will help you make sure that your shingles are properly aligned.
Tarp – A tarp is very important, especially during a storm while you are waiting for the rains to subside of waiting for the experts to fix your roof. This will help temporarily cover any holes or damage on your roof.