If you feel like you are handy enough and are tired of having to call your insurance company repeatedly to get roof patches fixed during the hail season you may consider doing some Do-It-Yourself repairs. It is important to have the correct roofing supplies if you want to get the job done right. Roofcorp Inc. is here to help you out with a list of correct roofing supplies you will need to get the job done safely and efficient.
Roofing Supplies for Safety
Safety should be your number one priority when looking to repair or patch your own roof. There are a number of safety precautions you can take that you can easily find at any roofing supplies warehouse or store.
- Make sure you always wear a hardhat, even small materials falling from a low height can cause damage.
- Wear slip-proof laced up shoes, never attempt to get on your roof in sandals or flip-flops.
- Wear bodily protection, this may include eye wear, gloves, elbow and knee pads.
- Always insure yourself against a fall, always stay tied on to something stable with professional equipment. In 2012 40% of fatal falls in roofing construction occurred between 6 and 15 feet according to OSHA.
Roofing Supplies for Work
Now that you are properly outfitted you can begin work. Here are some proper roofing supplies to get the job done safely and efficiently.
- A Proper Ladder: This one seems like a no-brainer but not all ladders are created equally. Make sure the ladder is of high quality construction and in good repair. A proper ladder is one thing you don’t want to cheap on.
- A Reliable Roofing Nail Gun: A quality nail gun can help reduce a significant amount of time it would take nailing down shingles. Read reviews and make sure you are completely comfortable with the gun before starting your repair or construction.
- A Shingle-Remover: Roofcorp recommends a shingle remover to prepare the work surface quickly. You can read several reviews online to find the best one for you.
- A Proper Knife: If you have the budget you can use or rent a compressed air shingle-cutter, otherwise a shingle-specific knife will do the trick.
Consult a Professional
Before you step foot on your roof it is imperative you are comfortable in your ability and tools. Improper roofing supplies can result in a damaged roof or worse personal injury. Always consult a professional if you are at all hesitant.