There are a few things you will need before you begin, regardless of whether you're a professional roofer, a newcomer to the industry, or undertaking a DIY project. However, it can be challenging to pinpoint exactly what you need. BigBoy Roofing in Covina has prepared a list of items that an experienced roofing company will need during roof repairs or replacement.

Tools for Tearing Off Outdated Roofing

  1. Pickup Truck (Dumpster)

Before laying down the new materials for a roof replacement or repair, some old stuff will likely need to get removed. A dumpster is typically desirable if there is large-scale removal. However, some roofers load the used materials into the depth of a pickup truck and drive them away.

  1. Tear-Off Shovel

Since they serve various purposes, several shovel types may be preferred by BigBoy Roofing Company. An expert tool that makes it simple to remove outdated shingles is a tear-off shovel. Steel teeth atop allow them to tear into the shingle and lift it off the old roof.

  1. Scoop Shovel

When filling a dumpster or truckload of loose shingles, a scoop shovel comes in handy. These shovels are excellent for scraping shingles off your roof and into the trash. However, they lack teeth, such as the tear-off shovels.

  1. Pry Bar

This tool, which is essentially a crowbar, is quite helpful for removing old shingles. It will be much easier to remove old nails from precise roof locations with a pry bar.

Protective Equipment

  1. Hard Hats

It's an important safety gear that is essential for your protection while working on a roof. You might not have one handy if you're performing a DIY project. We advise procuring one from the local hardware shop.

  1. Safety Goggles

If you don't use protection when taking off old shingles, you may be hit in your eyes by shingles, wood splinters, or nails. Always ensure wearing safety goggles the entire time you are working so that you can protect your eyes from flying debris.

  1. Harness

In case you lose your balance and fall off the roof, you should consider arranging a harness or PFAS (personal fall arrest system) to tie off. Although many roofers don't usually do it regularly, they should adopt this safety measure.

  1. Roofing Shoes

Several roofers opt for steel-toed shoes to safeguard their feet from serious injury. Landing a hammer, nail gun, or any other category of equipment straight on your foot might cause severe damage. You must take extra care not to harm the roof, though.

  1. Tarps

Tarps should be used during a roofing project for a variety of reasons. If it begins to rain while you are at work, you should have some on hand. You have to cover any gaps or exposed areas of the roof to keep the roof dry until you can dismantle it and continue your job.

  1. Generator

It can be easier to power numerous compressors and continue the process if you have a team of experts using various nail guns at once.

Equipment for Shingle Installation

  1. Nails

Roofers require nails to fasten the new shingles to the roof. Most roofers buy nails compatible with an air gun since it is quicker and easier than manually driving each nail into the roof.

  1. Nail Guns

Air compressors propel power to nail guns, which can quickly attach nails to any solid surface. The nails are released at the correct angle and velocity using air pressure. Assuring the cable is long enough is essential for using the handgun because it connects it to the air compressor.

  1. Hammer

You will need a hammer whether you decide to use a nail gun or force every nail in manually. There are different kinds from which to pick. For many reasons, a hatchet-style hammer is favored by several roofers.

  1. Air Compressor

A nail gun's power comes from an air compressor. Every time you press the gun against the roof, a unique connection that connects it to the compressor enables the pressure to accumulate and then get released.

  1. Roofing Knife

Its main purpose is to enable you to cut the shingles to fit them in the area that needs to be covered. The best blade to use is a roofing knife, though you may also use a utility knife or a replacement blade.


These are only a few tools to use for your Covina roof replacement or repair. You may get in touch with BigBoy Roofing for getting more information on gears required for roof replacement.