As a new roofing contractor, you should collect a variety of tools and equipment before starting your first job to ensure that you can work safely, quickly, and within budget. Here are four tools that shouldn't be overlooked.

Pneumatic Nail Guns

You'll appreciate having a pneumatic nail gun around so you can quickly nail down new roofing for clients, make repairs more convenient, and more easily secure areas on the roof that are tight and hard to access with a regular hammer. Pneumatic tools are powered by an air compressor, so it's important to invest in one before you start your pneumatic collection. Consider a mini air compressor that's easy to carry and won't take up a lot of space at your job sites.

Electric Drills and Bits

Having to worry about cords that are attached to your drills can be dangerous, annoying, and time-consuming—so get rid of the cords altogether and go electric. An electric drill and a collection of bits are easy to transport onto the roof in a tool belt, and the drill's power should last for hours between charges. In fact, you should be able to charge your electric drill up at your shop and take it with you on jobs without having to worry about the need for more power.

A Roof Hoist

Without a roof hoist, it can take a lot of time to transfer all of the tools you'll need for a job from the ground to the roof where you'll be using them. A hoist will allow you to get large and heavy materials that you can't carry by hand, like new roofing, where it needs to go for installation purposes. Larger hoists meant for roofing materials are typically connected to a home's frame, while smaller hoists meant for tools can be connected directly to your ladder. It's a good idea to invest in one of each.

A Wheelbarrow

While it may seem like more of a tool for gardening, a wheelbarrow can come in very handy if you have to transport lots of nails and other smaller parts from one location at a job site to another. Not only can you use your wheelbarrow to carry multiple different kinds of tools and parts at the same time, but you can use it to store trash and debris while completing a job so it's easier to clean up afterward.

By making sure that you have access to these tools, you'll be prepared to meet your client's needs and expectations on every job.