Roofing Tools for the DIY Roofer

Roofing Tools

For those of you who are weekend warriors, you just may already have in your tool arsenal what you would need to tackle a project like a professional Baton Rouge roofer.  What you are probably lacking is the knowledge that a professional has from working in the trade.  Roofing should not be taken lightly as certain regulations must be closely adhered to so that the roof meets local ordinances and guidelines.  If you are looking to tackle this type of project on your own you should definitely consult with a local roofer.  He or she will know the local ordinances and of course will have the knowledge to help you out.

There are some basic tools that anyone, a DIYer or a pro, should definitely have in their possession long before the roofing project is started.  Whether you are working on a roof for a shed or a house, the tools should be the same.  Obviously the roofing materials that you are using above the sheathing will also dictate what tools you should acquire.

Framing Square

A framing square is one of the most versatile and utilized tools in the construction industry.  A framing square can help you layout and cut rafters, stringers for a staircase, check for square edges, or any number of uses.  In the roofing world, a framing square is used for laying out and cutting common rafters.  There is no roofer that could live without a quality framing square.  It is recommended that you purchase a stainless steel model that will last for years.

Tape Measure

Anyone who has ever constructed anything has relied on a tape measure for precision measurements.  Carpenters and woodworkers especially rely on a high quality tape measure that is precise to a 1/16th or a 1/32nd of an inch.  Anyone attempting to construct a roof on any scale will rely on their trusty tape measure.

Circular Saw

Another tool that is found in every roofer’s tool arsenal is the circular saw.  One thing about a circular saw that you cannot do with a table saw is lift it above your head to make cuts.  In years past a circular saw always required electricity for operation but in recent years, high quality battery powered models have been developed that make the job easier for roofers while on the job site. 

Jig Saw

A jig saw is a welcome addition to anyone’s tool chest.  What is the most versatile aspect of the jig saw is that you can cut curves and a jig saw is lighter than a circular saw.  One thing to consider is to purchase a high quality model and you’ll find that the saw will cut through the wood like butter. 

Hand Saw

Sometimes the best tool for the job is one that has been around for thousands of years.  The hand saw dates back to the ancient Egyptians but its versatility shines through still today.  Being able to quickly lop off the end of a board or make a notch for a birdsmouth in a common rafter without flipping a switch is what makes the common hand saw such an indispensible tool.

Hammer or Pneumatic Nailer

In years past, a simple hammer was always used to nail sheathing or shingles to a roof.  But, in recent years, the pneumatic nailer has taken over this job, at least in the professional ranks.  For the DIY roofer if you don’t want to invest in a pneumatic nailer you can certainly rent one on a daily basis from a local rental store.  This handy tool will certainly make the job go much faster.

If you’re interested in doing your own roofing job, purchasing a few roofing tools is certainly a worthwhile investment.  Maybe after you tackle this worthwhile undertaking you may just quit your day job and sign up to be a roofer.