Felt Roofing Tools

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Felt Roofing Tools
Installing roof felt requires special tools. (roof image by kuhar from Fotolia.com)

Several felt roofing tools are necessary for completing a felt roofing project. Without them your project may turn up a mess, but with them you can complete your felt roofing construction completely and thoroughly.

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Razor Knife

The razor knife is used to cut the felt paper to size before installation and to trim off the edges after the paper has been nailed down. You can purchase a variety of different razor knives, such as foldable knives that can be placed into your pocket, or retractable knives that are placed into a tool belt. All knives use double-sided razor blades or even notched blades that hook onto the paper for easier slicing.

Hammer or Air Nailer

Most hammers will suffice for attaching felt roofing, but for the most part, never use a framing hammer, which will be too heavy and will tear the roofing. A 454gr hammer is more than enough to drive the felt nails into the surface. As an alternative, use a hammer stapler. The stapler is shaped similar to a hammer. It has a handle and a head, which holds the staples. You simply pound the felt roofing with the hammer stapler, which forces a staple into the felt roofing.

There is a quicker way, however, to attach felt roofing, and that is an air nailer specially equipped to hold plastic-tipped felt nails. The air nailer must have a supply of air in order to operate correctly, but it will make quick work of your felt roofing installation. You can purchase or rent an air nailer at any hardware or tool rental store.

Tape Measure and Chalkline

Installing a felt roof without a tape measure or chalkline will be almost impossible, since it is absolutely necessary to get your felt roofing properly aligned. Aligning your paper requires that you make evenly spaced marks, which can be done with the tape measure, and snap straight lines in order to align your felt roofing so that it is straight and uniform. Tape measures come in lengths of 10 to 30 feet, and chalk boxes can be purchased with several different coloured chalk, such as blue, red or black.

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