Roof Maintenance Tools and Materials
Want to maintain or repair your own roof? To do the job right, don’t skimp on these materials and tools.
Safety Comes First…
Rent a tall, stable ladder to get on-and-off the roof safely.
One or Two Helpers
What if the materials are heavy and the ladder is wobbly? A trusty buddy makes the work easier and safer. Ask your friend to support the ladder and haul around tools.
Fall Protection Kit
Roof Repair and Replacement Tools
On the roof deck, snap vertical and horizontal chalk lines. With a surveyor’s level, measure the exact shingle positions. The aim is to create a symmetrical look before placing shingles.
With a crowbar, you can easily dislodge hard to remove nails.
Flat Head Shovel
Use it to remove existing roof shingles. Experts recommend a clean slate for visual appeal and roof warranty. A flat shovel speeds up the work.
Hammer or Nailer
A hammer is suitable for replacing a few shingles. Set the right pressure on the nail gun. Excessive force can rip the shingles. Follow industry recommendations, whether you’re using the 4- or 6-nail system.
For a healthy roof, use the proper nails. Long nails are complex to install. Short nails aren’t sturdy and secure.
Apply sealant around the chimney, skylight, flashing and roof vents. These areas allow water and ice to penetrate your roof.
If it drizzles, cover the roof. This prevents deck rot and project delays. You can’t lay shingles on damp plywood.
Use it to trim or cut shingles to the correct size and shape.
Aluminium Drip Edge
Correct installation of this product lets water drain freely from the roof without damaging the fascia board.
Instead of 3-tab shingles, use architectural shingles to overlay an existing roof. This covers any dips or bumps on the roof. Building laws restrict re-roofing more than 2 roof shingles. To prevent water runoff, place starter shingles along the edges or eaves of the roof.
Install flashing beneath the shingles and siding. The installation allows water to move toward and off the roof’s edge. Without flashing, water would penetrate the shingles and rot the deck.
Examine the deck and attic. Soft spots indicate damaged or rotting wood. Replace the affected parts.
Put a barrier between plywood and shingles. Use felt paper or water and ice shields. Roof leak barriers prevent moisture from reaching the wood sheathing. Leakage occurs when ice or water penetrates the barrier.
Tips for DIY Roofers
Fill nail holes or replace missing nails. Apply caulk over the nails. The nails may pop out and let in water if there’s no sealant. Remember to vent and insulate your roof. If you don’t know how, hire a professional roofer. A roof with poor ventilation is prone to ice dams.
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