The Do-It-Yourselfers Guide to Roofing Tools


With the vast array of online resources available for do-it-yourself home improvement projects, it’s evident that do-it-yourselfers are taking home remodelling to a whole new level. While there is no denying the advantages that a professional contractor has over an amateur, there are many that want to go the do-it-yourself route. If you fall into this category, this list will help you keep track of essential tools that you need and how to safely use them.

Before we start discussing the different roofing tools that a do-it-yourself-er should have, it is important to remember that safety should always be your number one concern. Learn as much as you can about roofing and always wear safety gear such as a hard hat and soft-soled shoes to prevent slipping.


Key Tools for Roofing

Before you head to your nearest hardware store, take a look at your own toolbox. Most of the stuff you’re going to need is relatively common, and power tools are not essential for the less complex roofing projects. They can, however, speed things up.

  • Ladder. You can’t start your project without getting yourself onto the roof, so you need an extendible ladder that is tall and sturdy enough.
  • Hatchet. Also known as a roofing hammer, this is one of the first things you should get your hands on. It usually comes with an adjustable gauge that helps you to quickly align shingles.
  • Roofing shovel.This shovel will simplify the strenuous task of tearing off the existing roofing material. Many roofers call it the shingle ripper because of what it is designed to do. With this tool, all you have to do is pry up the old shingles and the nails get pulled as well.
  • Pry bars.If you want to go a different path and pull just the roofing nails, a sturdy pry bar is what you need. There are different pry bar designs, but a flat pry bar is recommended for removing nails on your roof.
  • Power nailer.Although you can get the same thing done with a hammer, if you do not want to carry a separate bag of nails on top of your hammer, then a power nailer is the solution.
  • Saw.There are plenty of roofing materials that need cutting and a saw will always come in handy.
  • Framing square.This right-angle measuring tool helps align and straighten any improvements you make on your roof, such as shingle cutting.
  • Chalk line.To help with your shingle cutting, you also need a chalk line to snap straight lines on shingles and other roofing materials.
  • Tool belt.You always want your tools within reach.
  • Tape measure.A tape measure of around 50 feet should be enough to help with accurate cutting of shingles and other roofing materials.
  • Tin snips.These are one of the most widely used types of snips and can be identified by their short blades and long handles. These scissor-like tools are not for cutting paper, but metal, as well as asphalt roof shingles.
  • Caulking gun. A caulking gun gives you better control over the amount of caulk you’re going to use.
  • Putty knife.You need this for scraping off old adhesives or redoing a misstep.

Final Thoughts

A do-it-yourself roofing repair or installation is cheaper only if you can do it right, which will require both tools and a good amount of expertise. An experienced contractor has all of the aforementioned tools, not to mention trained technicians who are insured and bonded for your safety. If you do not have the experience to get the job done,give Kemp Roofing a call for a stress-free, professional roofing project. We are fully licensed and insured with over 40 years in the construction industry.

About the Author:

Clinton Kemp is the owner of Kemp Roofing and Construction, Inc. His proven expertise on the industry was derived from years of experience in the 40-year-old family business. His focus is to help consumers from all over North Carolina get the best services they deserve. Follow him on his blog for his tips and advice about your household needs.

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One Comment

  1. Your comment about how a DIY job is only cheaper if you can do it right. Often times, I try to repair things by myself, but they end up breaking again, and I call a repair service anyway. I don’t know much about modern roofing, so I think I will just call a professional instead of trying to do it by myself.

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