A slate cutter does just what the name implies, cuts slate and shingles. It slices through most roofing materials like the proverbial hot knife through butter. Industrial versions cut 1/2″ thick shingles easily. Some models have a punch to get them started, which also offers better control in the cutting process.
Instead of throwing the shingles to the ground, which requires a constant trek to the perilous edge, consider a ridge bucket. These buckets hug the roof so they won’t slip even it’s steep. It’s safer and easier to use a ridge bucket to dispose of materials.
Use a hip runner to install ridge cap and hip ridges perfectly straight every time. Contractors use hip runners, so do it yourself roofers should take the hint.
Seaming pliers aren’t for sewing. They’re for yanking shingles, especially stubborn shingles that seem to have a mind of their own intent on staying in place. Seaming pliers include flat teeth to grip the shingle without tearing it. Combine the pliers with a good pair of thick work gloves to save your fingers and hands from injuries such as scrapes, bruises and blisters from gripping and pulling rough shingles.
What has a hammer head on one side and an ax and blade on the other? No, not a movie hero’s weapon, it’s a slater’s hammer. This roofing tool can be used both for removing the old and installing the new roof. Don’t worry about it going to waste after the project, it’s also a handy every day hammer.
Not only will most local hardware stores carry these tools, they’ll rent some of the larger ones such as a slate cutter. This way a home owner can use the best quality tools rather than one that’s cheaper to purchase. Keep in mind too that knowledge is a roofing tool as important as any other. Local hardware stores, as well as the Internet, are great sources of information. Between books they carry and staff on hand who can give you advice, they can prepare a person for every step of the roofing process.