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Roofing Tools

Like with any profession, a roofer needs specific tools in order to do his or her job properly. It isn’t just taking a nail gun and some shingles on the roof and going from there, the job has to be approached with some forethought so they have everything they need up on the roof with them.

Of course the first thing you think of to get on a roof is a ladder. It has to be strong and sturdy enough to get the materials and people up to the roof safely. There should also be a harness system in place that keeps the roofers safely tethered to the roof at all times, while allowing them to move around freely at the same time. No one wants someone falling off of their roof in the midst of a job.

When a roofer is doing a job, they want to leave your property like they found it. That means that the old roof materials aren’t left strewn around the flower beds or driveway, but instead are deposited in a dumpster. Some roofers have a system of getting the old into the dumpster with a funnel like system, others simply throw the old stuff into the bin, but they should never leave it hanging around. Same goes for the gardens and front steps of a home, these are usually covered in tarps or some other form of covering so that all pieces can be easily picked up when the job is complete without damaging your property.

Once on the roof a roofer will use a nail gun, a hammer, adhesive, flashing and of course the roofing material that you have chosen. All of this needs to get onto the roof before a job can get started. Most roofers will wear a tool belt so they have everything they need at their fingertips. It is no fun to get up on a roof and realize the one tool you desperately need is sitting on the grass or in the truck.

Roofer’s tools also include specific things to wear. The most important being proper, sturdy footwear. Heavy soled boots are the choice of many as you need study footing while working at such a height, tethered or not. This is not a profession where sandals are the norm. Jeans or heavy pants are also the choice of many roofers as they offer protection in the knee area when they are busy attaching that new roof. Jeans are also easy to move in whether a roofer is sitting, kneeling or squatting on the roof. Hardhats and safety glasses are also a good idea to protect the workers from flying debris and accidental spills or knocks.