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Tips for Roofing Equipment and Supplies
When shopping for roofing equipment and supplies, these are some helpful tips you should consider:

Tip #1: Choose roofing shingles that suit your climate and needs
All types of shingles are not the same. While asphalt shingles are inexpensive and easy to repair, slate and wooden shingles will both last longer. Clay, slate, and asphalt shingles are all fireproof. Consider the weather in your region, as well as the aesthetic appeal of each shingle type before investing any money.

Tip #2: Exercise caution when cutting shingles for roof installation and repairs
Shingle saws, utility blades, and air knives are used to cut and fit shingles for roofing. This includes wooden, laminate, asphalt, and metal shingles. It is important to always wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from debris, as well as gloves when using these cutting tools. You should also be sure to cut away from your body at all times. This will help prevent injuries.

Tip #3: Be safe when checking for leaks
Some homeowners forget about safety when a leak in the roof is discovered. While this type of problem can demand immediate attention, it is most important to be safe. So if it is raining or sleeting, or your roof is wet or covered with a sheet of ice, hold off. These conditions can result in serious injury or death. Once the weather allows it, be sure to use a proper ladder and equipment to check the roof for the leak. If you feel uncertain about this project, hire a contractor to do it for you.

Bradco Supply Write review for this local business
4009 NW Passage, Tallahassee, FL 32303
(850) 575-5160  
Hood Roofing Company Write review for this local business
5298 Sassafras Tea Rd, Camilla, GA 31730
(229) 336-1172  
Mackey Lumber Co Write review for this local business
3117 N Oak Street Ext, Valdosta, GA 31602
(229) 244-6676  

So you’ve decided to forgo hiring a contractor to tackle that roofing project yourself. Here are some good questions to ask when shopping for roofing supplies and equipment.

  • Do I really need to buy this tool?
    When it comes to tools such as a shingle scraper, you can use a garden shovel with a square edge and a pry-bar instead. Consider renting specialty equipment such as a roofing gun from a professional tool renter.

  • Does this product come with a warranty?
    When shopping from wholesale or discount sites, you may be tempted by the cheap price even though it doesn’t come with a manufacturer warranty. You probably won’t need one for an aluminum ladder or roll of drywall tape, but consider securing a warranty for power tools.

  • Should I buy a kit?
    You will typically find kits for some aspects of roof repair, such as safety kits and roof drain kits. Decide if you really need all the tools in the kit, and weigh the total cost against the cost of buying individually - you may be surprised.

  • Can I buy it used?
    When it comes to metal tools, their durability means that you can probably get a great deal used. Power tools will require you to research the seller and tool life more thoroughly.

  • What type of shingle supplies should I buy?
    When choosing what shingle material to install, you have many options including metal, rubber, clay, slate, asphalt and tile. Consider such factors as aesthetic appeal, fire resistance, durability, price, and how easy it is to install.

  • How about preventative repairs?
    Preventative measures such as applying a foundation coat to prevent leaks and clearing gutters before they clog can save you money, so weigh the likelihood of future repair needs against the cost and effort of taking care of it today.