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The Essential Roofing Tools List: 20 Different Types & Their Uses


essential-roofing-tools-list Whether you’re a professional roofer or a homeowner who likes to do everything, one thing is true; you’re only as good as your supplies. Roofing is difficult work, but it’s even more challenging when you don’t have the correct tools. However, how do you determine which roofing tools are essential? That’s where we come in. Keep reading for our guide to the essential roofing tools that every roofer must have!

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The 20 Different Essential Roofing Tools

1. Ladder

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Some of the tools you need are basic, including the humble ladder. After all, you can’t get to the top of your house without it!

2. Shingle Removal Shovel

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When you’re removing shingles from your roof, not just any shovel will do the trick. With a special shingle removal shovel, you can make short work of shingles and nails, while making your roof look cleaner than ever!

3. Hammer Tacker

A significant part of roofing is attaching the roofing paper to the wood before you start shingling. However, it can be very difficult without the right tools! You can secure the roofing paper in record time with a good hammer tacker.

4. Ripper

Roof Zone Roof Ripper

With any luck, your shingle removal shovel will be enough to handle all your shingles. But just in case, you need to pack a ripper that can help you remove even the most stubborn of shingles and nails from the surface of your roof.

5. Pry Bar

Edward Tools Wonder Bar Utility Pry Bar

There is one quality that all of your best tools have; they can tackle more than one task. That’s true with the pry bar, which is just as useful for removing unwanted nails as it is for removing different parts of your roof.

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6. Utility Knife

using Sheffield 12113 Ultimate Lock Back Utility Knife

Utility knives are staples of the construction industry, and they’re indispensable when working on a roof. In this case, you’ll quickly find that a good utility knife can cut shingles just as easily as it cuts everything else.

7. Roofing Hatchet

AJC Hatchet MWT-005-MH 17oz Magnet Roofing Hatchet

As the name implies, a roofing hatchet was specially designed to meet your roofing needs. It removes nails and shingles and generally makes life easy thanks to its design. The hatchet side helps you to lift shingles, while the flat side pounds nails in until they are secure.

8. Cordless Drill

dewalt cordless drill
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Drills are great when you need to use fasteners other than nails. Although corded drills can be very handy in your home or garage, cordless drills are your only real option when working on the roof.

9. Pneumatic Nail Gun

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A hammer and nails are all you may need when you need to make a minor repair on your roof.  However, you may want to invest in a pneumatic nail gun to complete large projects like replacing all the shingles.

10. Wheelbarrow

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Removing shingles is one thing, but do you have a reliable way to move old pieces out of the way? A simple wheelbarrow can make moving pieces easier and prevent fatigue after a long day of roofing.

11. Caulking Gun

caulking gun
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On the most basic level, a good roof is meant to protect you from the elements. You need a caulking gun to spread the sealer around the exposed areas to prevent unwanted leaks.

12. Framing Square

When cutting shingles, it can be difficult to get the precise cut and shape you want. But with a good framing square, you can ensure each cut is picture-perfect.

13. Tin Snips

tin snips
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Roofing often requires delicate work, including cutting flashing and fittings for drip edges and gutters. You need a durable pair of tin snips to make these cuts easier.

14. General Toolkit

tin snips
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Assorted tools (including hacksaws, hammers, wrenches, chisels, and screwdrivers) can help you overcome various roofing challenges.

15. Magnetic Sweeper

ToolWiz Heavy Duty Magnetic Sweeper

You might think a magnetic sweeper is more at home on the beach than on your roof. However, it makes it much easier for you to find unwanted nails on your roof that you need to remove.

16. Chalk Line Kit


If you’re worried about making your shingles nice and symmetrical, a chalk line kit can ensure everything is perfectly lined up.

17. Roof Ladder Hooks

Qualcraft 2481 Ladder Hook with Wheel

Earlier, we mentioned the need for a good ladder. Adding reliable roof ladder hooks can ensure your ladder stays in place while you work.

18. Non-Slip Shoes

man wearing roofing shoes
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Speaking of staying in place, it’s important to ensure you don’t slip while working on your roof. Non-slip shoes can keep you secure and provide traction while you work.

19. Tool Belt

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When roofing, you must have access to the tools you need at a moment’s notice. Channel your inner “Batman” by investing in a tool belt that can house all your wonderful tools.

20. Broom

different types of broom
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It may take a long day (or two) of work, but your roofing tasks will eventually be complete. Make sure you have a good broom to clean up the broken shingles, old nails, and debris.


Although roofing projects require more than just ladders, hammers, and nails, most of the essential items we discussed aren’t very expensive, especially compared to other construction industry tools. You may already have some tools, such as a caulking gun, utility knife, and framing square. If you’re working on your roof in the summer, applying sunblock and wearing a hat to avoid sunburn is also wise.

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