Regardless of your level of expertise, no roofing contractor can get difficult jobs done without the right tools. Investing in high-quality tools that fit the job is key to success. Any of your clients can easily post and view online reviews, holding you accountable for every job you complete. Low-quality tools are sure to put you behind the competition.
Beyond that, when it comes to getting your roof approved, specifiers have distinct qualities they look for in the design and build. Making sure to keep these in mind when building is very important, or you may have to start from scratch.
While there is some variance in the right gadgets depending on your specialization, most are applicable to all roofing contractors. All contractors should be familiar with how and when to use these common tools.
Oscillating Power Tool
Cutting shingles can be a difficult, time-consuming process, but using an oscillating multi-tool will make it easier than ever before for surveyors. Its strong blade will cut shingles precisely and with ease, without leaving behind a rough or ragged edge.
Its quick vibrations do most of the work for you, so you can trust it to take care of typically tough shingles.
Moisture is one of the most common sources of damage to roofs, so it’s vital to be able to accurately and conveniently measure moisture levels. Whether you’re working with fiber cement or simple wood as a surveyor, a moisture meter is always an essential part of doing a job well done.
Recent advances in technology have made it easier than ever to get accurate readings, especially in relatively inaccessible areas. Moisture meters are great for construction as well as troubleshooting and routine inspection.
Since all roofs that have issues will probably need a moisture probe inspection, it’s worth investing in a high-quality, well-crafted moisture meter that will last.
Magnetic Pickup Tool
When you’re working with small pieces in tight areas, you can spend a lot of time searching for dropped or misplaced items. Magnetic pickup tools allow roofers to quickly retrieve materials like nails and screws from small or dark gaps, like those found in a downspout or gutter.
Magnetic sweepers are also popular, but magnetic pickup tools are much more precise and allow you to reach smaller areas. Pickup tools come in a variety of models, and some even feature lights or other benefits.
Contractors should consider holding these essential tools in a convenient and easy-to-wear tool belt. That way, when you’re on the roof, everything you need will be within your reach.
Roofing can be a difficult job, and you’re making things even harder on yourself when you try to do it without adequate equipment. Starting with high-quality versions of these four tools will give you the hardware you need to handle a wide variety of situations. As you gain more experience, you’ll be able to figure out exactly what else you need to supplement your toolkit.
By Anita Franco