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The Essential Roofing Tools List: 15 Different Types & Their Uses

roofing tools

There are quite a few different tools that you will need when shingling your roof. We have compiled a list of these tools and what they are used for. They have been listed in the order that you will use them.divider 8

1. Ladder

Obviously, since the roof is on top of your house, you will need a ladder to get up there.


2. Shingle Removal Shovel

A shingle removal shovel is a flat shovel that is specifically designed to tear the existing shingles off your roof, including the nails, giving you a nice clean surface to work with.

shingle removal shovel

3. Hammer Tacker

A hammer tacker is a type of staple gun that is used to secure roofing paper to the wood before shingling.

hammer tacker

4. Ripper

A ripper is another tool that can be used to remove shingles, if a shingle removal shovel is not handy. It is also great for taking out old stubborn nails that need to go for you to get a clean surface to work with.


5. Pry Bar

A pry bar can be used to remove troublesome nails, but it can also be used to tear out certain parts of your roof. Sometimes there is a spot on the roof where the wood needs repairing. Instead of replacing the entire wood surface, cut around the spot that needs to be replaced and use the pry bar to get the old wood out, so new wood can be installed in its place.

pry bar

6. Utility Knife

A utility knife is needed to cut shingles or anything else that needs cutting.

utility knife

7. Roofing Hatchet

A roofing hatchet is another tool that is specially made to remove nails and tear shingles. One side of the hatchet head is flat to pound nails with, while the other end has a blade that is shaped much like a hatchet, to help get under old shingles so they come off easily. Some roofing hatchets have a utility blade included in them as well. The big difference between the roofing hatchet and the roofing shovel is that you stand when using the shovel, and sit or kneel when using the hatchet.

roofing hatchet

8. Cordless Drill

A cordless drill is needed in case you have to use any other type of fastener besides nails. Let’s say that you are replacing a rotten board and want to screw it into place. You will need to first drill the hole before you can put your screw in.

cordless drill

9. Pneumatic Nail Gun

A pneumatic nail gun uses compressed air to shoot nails. Since roofing requires a lot of nails, a pneumatic nail gun will save you a lot of time and energy compared to pounding them in with a hammer.

pneumatic nail gun

10. Wheelbarrow

A wheelbarrow makes picking up old materials and hauling them to the dumpster much easier.


11. Caulking Gun

You don’t want your house to leak, so make sure that your roof is properly sealed. A caulking gun is used to distribute any sealer that you need to apply, such as around a fireplace or a roof vent.

caulking gun

12. Framing Square

The framing square is used as a fence when cutting shingles to ensure that you get a straight cut.

framing square

13. Tin Snips

Tin snips are used to cut any flashing that you need to install to its proper size. They are also used to cut the specially designed fittings that go around gutters and drip edges.

tin snips

14. General Tool Kit

You never know when you will need a tool that isn’t specifically used for roofing. A good list of general tools to take up on the roof with you include:

general tool kit

  1. Hammers
  2. Hacksaw
  3. Screwdrivers
  4. Chisels
  5. Wrenches

15. Magnetic Sweeper

When you are stripping old shingles off your roof, you are also removing a ton of nails. A magnetic sweeper is a big magnet that you roll over your roof, or the ground, to pick up the nails. It makes for much easier clean-up than raking up all the nails by hand.

magnetic sweeper

We hope that this list of tools used for roofing will help prepare you before you begin the roofing process.

Featured image credit: pointnshoot, Flickr

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