Roof and Gutter Repair Tools


Believe it or not but we still use much of the same roofing and guttering material that we have for the past 5000 years. Our most popular roofing material, asphalt, is the same material that the Babylonians used for waterproofing their buildings back in the day. Although plastic is our most popular roofing material, wooden and cast iron gutters are making a comeback. Thanks to technology, our roofing materials come packed in nice bundles of shingles with installation instructions and warranties included – nothing like the Babylonians’. Today’s roofs do not only have to be practical and easy to install. They also have to be aesthetically pleasing – nothing that the Babylonians were too concerned about. There are several different roofing materials to choose between, depending on what finish you are looking for: from asphalt, wood, tile and slate to aluminium and metal. Each material have their own pros and cons and it is important to consider them all before deciding on what roofing material that best suit you and your needs. The more information you have, the better informed decisions you can make. Not only do they need to meet your needs but also your budget. If you are planning to do the work yourself, you might be surprised by how few tools you need to do the job. Here is a list of the basic tools that I would recommend to use:

  • A garden spade (with a square bottom and short handle) to tear off the old roof
  • A roofer’s hatchet to align wood shingles and nailing them. It is also used for splitting and scoring them. (A claw hammer with a smooth head can be used for asphalt roofs)
  • A circular power saw to cut tiles
  • A utility knifes with a lot of extra blades in order to cut asphalt shingles
  • 24-inch wrecking bar to help you lifting shingles and prying out nails
  • Tin snips in order to cut metal flashings
  • 25-foot metal tape measure to measure alignments
  • String line and different colours chalk to mark shingles
  • A putty knife or a steel trowel to apply roofing cement
  • Roofing cement and a caulking gun
  • A wire brush to prepare areas
  • A tool belt
  • Protective gloves

Apart from the tools mentioned above, you will also need safety equipment and a good, sturdy ladder. Obviously, if you do not want to do the job yourself, there are plenty of roofers out there to do the job for you. Any good roofer should be able to get you a quote for the job that you want done.


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