Create Your Own Roofing Tool
Whether you’re starting your roofing business or you’re going to be remodeling an existing roof, a good roofing tool kit is something you can’t do without. Whether you use a saw, drill, nails, hammers and other hand tools, a quality set of tools will ensure you get the job done right. Not all roofing tool kits are the same, though, and some of the more advanced models are more suitable for professionals than for amateurs or weekend warriors.
One of the most important things you should have on hand when you’re roofing is a ladder. This may seem obvious, but how many of us have climbed up and down ladders in the hopes of getting a better view? Many roofers don’t have the opportunity to enjoy such privileges, which is why a ladder is necessary. Ladders come in different styles and materials, but they generally provide support for you to stand on while you work on the roof. There are different types of ladders, from those that you can climb using hand effort alone to those that are automatic and can move along the surface with the press of a button.
If you have the skills to repair small areas of damage to your roof, a hammer is an excellent tool. Not only do you have the ability to dig holes larger than the materials that you’re repairing, you also have the ability to pound them together. The main purpose of roofing hammers is to pry loose shingles, tiles and other roofing materials loose from their location and secure them in place, allowing you to complete repairs or even just paint your roof.
For bigger projects, like roofs over walkways or driveways, a forklift would be perfect
You can lift the materials onto the forklift and wheel it across the yard or through doorways to complete the job. There are actually some models available that actually pivot, allowing you to place the blade at an angle and turn the handle as needed. This creates a safer method of turning the blade because you won’t be bending the shaft of the forklift in order to move it. The result is less risk of injury and less wind resistance.
Even if you aren’t comfortable operating large mechanical devices, there are alternatives. One of the easiest forms of roofing tools to create is one that utilizes the force of gravity. While they don’t always move as quickly as other forms of roofing tools, they can provide a much more stable hold onto the roof. Since they rely on the force of gravity for support, they shouldn’t be used on asphalt or concrete or on materials that are too slippery.
Some of the larger roofing equipment manufacturers now offer snow and ice blades
These blades can be used on even the sturdiest of roofs and they are designed to cut through ice and snow much more easily than regular blades. Snow and ice blades are also designed to work on smaller roofs. The design is meant to fit against the roof, allowing for easier cutting through ice or snow. They have fewer teeth than most blades, but the extra teeth make the process faster and safer.
Larger blades are generally not used on roofs that are flat or that are constructed from materials like shingles. The wide blades can easily damage these types of roofs and cause them to become unstable. A good rule of thumb is that the wider the blade the more easily it can damage your roof. The small, narrower blades are often used on roofs that need to be held steady against the wind. When the blade is used against the wind, the blades will be forced to move faster and this can cause them to rip or tear.
As you create your own DIY roofing tool, you’ll notice that the selection of materials is very important. There are many options for blades and you’ll need to determine what best works for your home. These tools come in a variety of sizes so you can easily find one that works for your specific roofing project. As you create your own tool, ensure that you read all instructions carefully and take time to practice what you learn. You may want to bring an old screwdriver in case you have to remove screws from the roof or use a bit of hammer to pry off nails from the shingles.