What do you do if a single shingle is damaged on your roof? You can either have a roofing contractor replace it or buy the necessary materials and handle it on your own. If you are the kind of person who will always opt for the latter choice, then you need to arm yourself with a few tools such as:

Utility Knife

Cutting is a common step in many forms of roof repairs. A utility knife is useful when you want to cut off a roofing material, such as shingles. Although some conventional utility knives are controlled with screwdrivers, you don't want to fiddle with such things on the roof. For ease of operation, get a knife equipped with a knob that opens and closes the knife.

Hammer

This is probably one of the most basic tools you need for most repairs around the home, and not just the roof. There are many types of hammers, but the nail hammer is what you should go for first. On the roof, you will mostly use it for driving in and pulling out nails. They come in different weights with varying faces for ease of handling. Choose a hammer you can wield with ease, but still heavy enough to drive in nails in a few strikes.

Trowel

This is what you use when you want to spread cement to secure your roof flashing in place. They also come in different sizes and shapes, but most DIY roofers agree that the flat-nosed type is best if you want to scoop all the cement out of a bucket and limit waste.

Metal Snips

It doesn't hurt to arm yourself with a metal snip either. This tool comes in handy when you want to snip off bits of metals from the roof, such as a flashing edge or sharp corners of metal roofs. They come in different varieties such as straight snips for making straight cuts and right-hand snips for cutting metals in cases where the waste is to the right of the cutting line.

Tape Measure

You should buy any replacement material or cut one without measuring where you wish to fix it. If you do that, then you will be discarding lots of materials when you find that they don't fit on the roof. To prevent such losses, you should have a tape measure that you can use to measure your materials or roofs first.

For more information, or if you would like professional assistance, contact MAK Construction Corporation or a similar company.

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