Best Roofer's Tools
Roofers need a range of tools in order to get the job done. At Wonkee Donkee we have spoken with a team of professional roofers to come up with a complete guide on the best roofer’s tools!
One of the most common jobs you will perform as a roofer is replacing old or rotten timber, so having a standard Hand Saw is absolutely essential. Power saws may seem like the more effective option but you can complete most small cutting jobs quicker than it takes to run an extension cord from the mains and find the power tool.
Extension Ladder (3 part)
Extension Ladder (2 part with ridge hooks)
Purchase a two part ladder with ridge hooks. On the other side of the hooks are wheels that can be used to roll the ladder up the roof where you can turn it over and secure the hooks over the ridge. The three part extension ladder will get you up the side of the house but the two part extension ladder will take you up the tiles and to the ridge.
Retractable Trimming Knife
This handy little knife can slice through paper, plastic, string, roofing felt and even metal wire. It will also keep your pencils sharp. Make sure you get one with an easy to replace blade as the chances are it will get gummed up pretty quickly with roofing tar. Fits inside a pocket or on tool belt for easy access.
Pencil or Marker
Slate Cutting Axe
Cordless Combi Drill
Nail guns have quickly taken over as the tool of choice amongst builders, carpenters and roofers. There are various models available powered by compressed air, electromagnetism, gas, or even small explosive charges. The nail gun is a powerful tool and can increase your work rate tenfold by dispensing up to 200 nails per minute. Essential for fixing roofing lath.
The hand-held angle grinder is a very powerful tool that can accomplish a wide variety of tasks with various attachments. It can cut, grind, polish, buff and even sand through a block of solid oak in just a few seconds. These great hand tools come in a range of sizes but if you are using one regularly then a 9-inch angle grinder will be best for you. If you are interested in knowing which is best then check out our best 9 inch angle grinder review!