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List of Commercial Roofing Tools

Date: September 30, 2022

Does the roof of your house or business need maintenance? Only a qualified roofing professional should be responsible for undertaking roof repairs or replacements. Keep in mind that even little mistakes can have significant results when installing a new roof or making repairs to an existing one.

Roofing work is not only hazardous, but it may also be fatal. Roofing contractors use several different tools when working on a roof, but only a select handful are truly necessary. We'll talk about a list of commercial roofing tools here.

General Equipment

A roofer


There are two types of ladders you should look for: Type I and Type 1A. With a maximum load capacity of 250 pounds, Type I ladders are the strongest option.

The Type 1A models have distinguished from the Type 1 models by their increased load capacity of 300 pounds. Get the toughest, longest-lasting one you can find. No one on your team should take any chances with their health.

Hard hats 

A hard helmet must be worn whenever an employee is in an area where there is a danger of head injury from falling things. Hard helmets designed to avoid electrical shock must also be worn when working in areas with exposed electrical conductors that could come into contact with the head.

Verify that it complies with OSHA regulations to use a hard hat. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mandates the use of hard helmets for all employees working in areas where they may be injured by falling items, electrical currents, or open flames.

Soft-soled, steel-toed shoes

Wearing it will protect your feet, keep you from slipping on the commercial roof, and keep you from damaging the brand-new roofing system. Comfort, fit, safety, cost, and quality all play important roles in selecting the right shoes.

Caulking guns 

You need it to squeeze caulk out of tubes. Investing in a high-quality caulking gun from a trusted manufacturer will cut down on work time and save you money. Sealant guns and caulking guns are built to securely hold cartridges, allowing the user to apply sealant in a straight, even line.

Paint brushes

It's a handy tool for spreading coatings and caulks over large surfaces.

Electric or cordless drill and assorted drill bits and drivers 

A drill

Used for making anchoring holes in hard surfaces, including concrete, metal, and more. Capable of serving as a screwdriver or fastener installer. Products require a stirring attachment before they can be applied. Important tip: load up the spare batteries for your device as well.

Pop-rivet gun 

Sheet metal fabrication relies on it for attachment. They can be used to produce strong connections in a wide variety of materials, from metal and plastic to wood and leather.


Use it to haul aggregate, debris, roofing materials, etc., over the top of the building. However, wheelbarrows are commonly used in the construction industry for transporting sand, dirt, and other bulky materials.

They are very handy for clearing a work site of trash and rubble. Concrete can also be mixed in wheelbarrows. The wheelbarrow is a common tool for the professional gardener to use while transporting materials such as dirt, gravel, mulch, and fertilizer.


Cuts fabric precisely and easily. You should use fabric shears with long blades.

General tool kit

You need to have a variety of wrenches, hammers, mallets, a hacksaw, screwdrivers, chisels, punches, and more. A coring tool, a black sharpie, a utility knife, some kind of cleaner (gasoline, etc.), and plastic baggies to store the cores and roof samples in while you work. In case you need to collect samples, bring along a box of plastic storage containers.

Roof hoist 

It's great for getting things up and down from the roof deck. A roofing hoist is used to quickly and safely transport heavy roofing materials from the ground to the roof of a house. Ladder hoists and swing beam hoists are the two most frequent forms of roofing hoists.

Bunghole mixer 

It's what gives the electric drill's mixing blade attachment its mixing power. These air-powered, 1/2-horsepower mixers are made for 55-gallon drums of polyester resin and its many additives.

Pre-Inspection Tools


Designed to cut a 2” hold in a built-up roof (BUR) for the purpose of determining the composition of the roof and deck. A cylindrical cutter is used to extract a sample of the soil with the help of a dolley and rammer. The soil's weight, density, moisture, and dry density are readily calculated.

Moisture Detection Tools

A Delmhorst meter is an essential tool for assessing a roof's structural integrity and moisture content and insulation. The moisture level in roofing materials can be determined with these meters.

Post-inspection Equipment

The coating sample thickness is determined using the optical comparator, which is a magnifying eyepiece with a measurement scale at one end. A reticle (a measuring scale) is positioned so that it is flush with the sample's border.

After focusing the eyepiece, the thickness can be read to the closest millimeter. Trim the sample edge with a razor blade or similarly sharp cutting implement for best results. You should use FineScale reticle 121 with the optical comparator for this technique.

Roof Cleaning Equipment

Stiff bristled hand broom.

A tool for removing gravel and other small, loose particles from roofs.

Power broom 

This commercial-sized motorized rotary brush is ideal for sweeping large areas of a roof's surface. You'll need a roof hoist because it weighs between 400 and 500 pounds.

Spud bar (hand)

A tool with a long handle and a flat blade, similar to an ice scraper, for chipping away at and loosening stuck pebbles.

Power spudder

A powered machine that, at first glance, could be mistaken for a rotary lawn mower with steel blades. It is an efficient method for eradicating buried gravel. It's heavy — a roof hoist will be needed to lift it.

Garden hose with a nozzle

It's used alongside a manual or powered broom to wash and scour the substrate clean of any impurities attached to it.


Roofs can be cleaned of aggregate and other dirt with this tool. Pick out a reliable commercial version. A shovel can be used to dig holes in the ground, carry heavy objects, and transport loose materials, including dirt, coal, gravel, snow, sand, and ore.

Shovels are typically hand tools with a broad blade and a medium-length handle. The cutting edge of a shovel is often composed of a durable material like sheet steel or hard plastic.

High-pressure washer

A device that sprays water at high pressure is typically used for removing stubborn stains and debris from a roof.


To remove the loose aggregate from the roof, a big vacuum cleaner mounted on a truck or trailer is used in conjunction with long, flexible hoses. A word of caution: this process is typically outsourced due to the high cost of equipment.

Hydrovac is a high-tech vacuum that washes and scrubs a commercial roof with a rotating steel power brush and water spray attachment while vacuuming up any debris in its path at the same time. Water and a motorized brush are used to clean the floor and flush out entrenched filth, which is then removed by suction. This cleaning method is ideal since it does not rely on spraying a lot of water onto the roof, which might cause delays if the substrate gets wet.

Backpack blower 

A small, battery-powered air blower may be worn on the worker's back, freeing both hands to control the directional flow of air through the blower's flexible hose to clear loose debris off the roof.

Air compressor 

A huge air compressor that runs on gasoline or diesel and can pump out 100 psi at a minimum capacity of 100 cubic feet per minute. This intense air pressure blasts loose particles and dirt from the roof surface.

Trash chute 

You may buy it already or make it out of plywood and 2x4s. Its purpose is to transport trash and other waste from the roof to the waiting truck or dumpster below. A trash chute is a big, vertical tube through which rubbish can be placed from multiple locations and then emptied into a single storage area. Because the chute is so tall, it is divided into sections that occupants of different floors can access.

Dumpster or truck 

When removing a large amount of debris from a roof, you'll need a dumpster, which can be rented, or a truck, which may be rented or purchased. Dumpsters are moveable waste containers that can be picked up and transported away by a dedicated collection vehicle, or they can be similar to bins that can be lifted by a garbage truck, emptied into the truck's hopper, and then lowered again.

Application Equipment

Painting tools

Paint type roller 

Manual, pad, textured, specialized, and small paint rollers are the five primary varieties, each optimized for different tasks. Paint rollers with a 1-inch or 1-and-a-quarter-inch nap can be used with either a 9-inch or 18-inch roller frame.

Large paint pan 

A roller is required to use it.

Airless sprayer 

To coat the roof with liquid. All liquid-applied Conklin roof coatings can be applied with this tool. These are the sprayer's technical specs:

  • One gallon per minute minimum capacity for interior paints (1 GPM). The required roof coating application rate is at least two gallons per minute (2 GPM)
  • Interior paints require a pressure of at least 2,000 psi. When applying roof coatings, the pressure should be at least 3,000-5,000 psi at the least.
  • The diameter of the nozzle or the tip - is typically .031 to .034

Please follow the manufacturer's guidelines when installing and operating this gear.

Seam roller 

Once the wallpaper is dry, the seam roller is useful for making sure the edges are even with the wall, and the seams are invisible. The wallpaper's borders are given a light press from the roller. The result is the ability to detect and correct even the smallest of movements. A tiny, silicone-free roller is used to press or roll the Hy-Crown seams together during welding.

Hot air gun 

Hot air guns, often known as heat guns, project a stream of hot air at a target. They can get incredibly hot, and that's why you can use them to do things like melt metal and plastic, shrink tubing, thaw pipes, and weld. A single-ply system can be heat welded with the use of an electric hot air gun.

Roof Removal Equipment

roofing tools

Spud bar (hand)

An instrument with a long handle and a flat blade, similar to an ice scraper, is used to chip away at embedded aggregate, release it, and chop built-up roofs into portions that can be more easily removed.

Power roof cutter 

To make the task of removing old roofing material more manageable, a gasoline-powered cutter is used to saw off manageable chunks of the roof ranging from 100 to 400 pounds, necessitating the use of a roof hoist or an Enforcer, a walk-behind power unit that will essentially peel off the coating or system's surface.


You can pry things apart with a crowbar, pinch bar, or pry bar. Their slanted, flat end can be used as a lever to exert force between two distant surfaces.

A pry bar is a long metal rod with a handle that is used to remove tiles or planks from a roof. You may also use a spud bar for this.


Loose roof debris can be removed with its help.

Roof hatchet 

Roofers can use roofing hammers and hatchets to cut and drive nails into shingles. Magnetized faces make it easy to pick up a wayward nail, and exposure meters make it possible to place tiles in the optimal position for the sun. Built-up roofs and other types of existing roofing are easily removed by cutting them into manageable portions with this tool.

Hand broom 

Its purpose is to clean the roof of loose gravel and other debris.

Linoleum-type knife 

A narrow, rigid blade knife is used for slicing through asphalt roofing materials like built-up and rolled roofing.
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