As a roofer, you will already have a head for heights. After that, the experience of how to tackle a job to make a roof waterproof and long-lasting, when the roof is the most important part of a building in terms of keeping everyone and everything dry and protected. Roofing Tools will be the final thing that makes you the ultimate professional. This article will look at how giving as much consideration to your tools as everything else will make the job of roofing easier and safer.
There are three different grades when it comes to ladders. When you are roofing you should choose a ladder that is described as being Grade 1. This means that it is suitable for construction and industrial use. It may be described as heavy-duty. The main thing is it should have a load rating of 113 kg (250 lbs). This is as opposed to just a tradesman’s or farm ladder that will be described as medium-duty and have a load rating of only 102 kg (225 lbs), or a light-duty one for household use with a load rating of just 91 kg (200 lbs). With ladders, you must think of safety and have the right one for the job.
Protective Footwear and Handgear
When roofing, it is important to wear protective equipment. This means wearing boots that have good soles and provide the necessary grip when you are scaling the top of a roof. It is a precarious position to be in if you are wearing the wrong gear. There are manufacturers of boots that will be thinking of you. You should feel safe and secure in your chosen make of boot. Safety boots should also provide good foot and ankle support and be comfortable to wear as you will be wearing them for long periods. You want them to protect the rest of your foot as well as have a protective toe cap. Then because you will be working in all weathers, your boots should be waterproof.
Gloves should also be worn for your protection and for making working with the roofing materials easier and more comfortable. A glove, like a boot, should provide you with good grip yet have dexterity and be stretchy. In hot weather, you will want the gloves to be breathable.
A Good Hammer
Your main tool will be the hammer. So, it is important to choose wisely when selecting one. Roofers will generally use a tool such as an AJC Magnet Roofing Hatchet. This is a roofing hatchet made from wood and steel. It is a study hammer and measures 13.5 inches, with a 12.5-inch handle and a 6.5-inch head. There are different roofing hammers on the market to choose from. It is best if the hammer you choose is intended especially for roofing. You should always use the right hammer for the job or you will risk damaging materials or injuring yourself.
To ensure that your hammer will not let you down and is safe to use, it is important to check it regularly. Ensure always that the head is firmly attached to the handle, replacing loose or cracked handles, and that there are no chips to the face.
We hope this has given you sufficient overview to at least know what to look out for to make roofing easier and safer. The ladder needed to access the job should be your first thought, followed by what you should be wearing to protect yourself, and then the hand tools that will make the job of roofing or construction easier. You will need to work quickly and effectively. More specific information about the equipment and advice can be found by following the link in the introduction of this article. We wish you well with your roofing exploits, whatever the weather and however high the roof.