September 27, 2017 : Pros And Cons Of Slate Roofing

Pros And Cons Of Slate Roofing

Some types of roofing materials may accommodate residential roofing better than others. Factors such as the strength of the framing, and the slope of the roof could limit your options. In areas prone to hurricanes or wildfires, search for a product with sufficient wind resistance or a high fire rating. Additionally, there are steps that you can take during installation to renew their resistance to wind or fire. Slate roofing tile has several upsides including downsides that separate one from another. In our informative guide, we want to provide you some insight before you invest in a new roof.

Advantages Of Slate Roofing


One of the most persuasive reasons for installing a slate roof is its longevity. Older homes that date back to the late 1800's usually have their original slate roofs intact, while remaining watertight. Long ago, families constructed homes with the perception that the home will continue to be passed down from generation to generation. Slate roofs then had a purpose due to their longevity. Although tiles from roofs sometimes crack, an entire roof composed of slate may not need a replacement for 100 to 150 years, which is in stark contrast to other roofing options available.


Roofing material on average reports for more than 5% of the total waste transferred to landfills across the United States every year. The majority of that is waste that's associated with asphalt shingle roofing. Asphalt roofs need a replacement every 20 to 30 years at a time, which means that they will get tossed away much more frequently. On the contrary, slate roofing tile has some amazing qualities that especially help the earth's environment. Slate is naturally transpiring, contributes no toxic substances to the environment and is quite often capable of outlasting the life of your home.

Overall maintenance

In addition to its longevity, and eco-friendliness, a slate roof regularly gets picked over another roofing solutions because it requires low maintenance. Slate is very resistant to mildew, mold, and other sources of contamination; keeping the maintenance costs at a minimum.

Fire Resistant

Another selling point is that slate roofs are fireproof, and will ultimately protect your home from any fire embers or stray sparks from fireworks that hit the roof in the event of a fire. Wood roofs are obviously the most flammable, while slate, metal, and asphalt will withstand a blaze the longest.

Disadvantages Of Slate Roofing


While slate has many positives, there are several negative attributes that anyone should take into consideration including heaviness before making a final decision. Although natural slate roofing can be aesthetically pleasing, many builders are unable to install slate roofing due to its weight. The weight of slate roofing tile varies between 800 and 1,500 pounds per square feet. Slate is well worth the investment, but you never want to jump into a project blindly without being extra precautious. Before purchasing slate, you'll have to find out what the building can withstand from a structural standpoint.


Installing a slate roof implies spending substantial front-end costs, and it is not always the best bet for your buck. Installing slate on a rooftop requires specially trained workers to install that carry roofer safety equipment, which can ultimately become quite expensive–running anywhere from $10.00 up to $50.00 per square feet. Consider other alternatives such as metal roofing or asphalt shingles if the price doesn't fit.

Deciding What Roofing Is Best For Your Home

As with any construction or renovation decision, it is imperative that you take into consideration the pros, and cons carefully before determining if a slate roof will ultimately be the final solution. All of these points need to be taken into account when deciding what is best for a home. All in all, the overall benefits greatly outweigh the negatives as it’s truly an investment.

August 14, 2017 : How to Install Rain Gutters

How to Install Rain Gutters

Rain gutters are remarkably beneficial, and keep your home's foundation in good shape. Downspouts and rain gutters carry, and collect rainwater, lessening any possible structural issues, deterioration, landscape erosion, and basement flooding. Without gutters, you could have some severe water-related matters on your hands. In this article, we'll teach you how to install rain gutters accurately while roofing to preserve your house from water damage.

Preparation Before Installing Rain Gutters

Installing rain gutters without any assistance may save you money, but there are a few pitfalls that you should be informed of before installing them yourself.

First, examine the soffit and fascia for signs of rotted wood. Replace or repair the soffit and fascia before you put up your gutters if there is any indication of rotting before moving forward. If this step isn't looked over, your gutters will continue to collect more debris and fill up with rainwater; causing the gutters to fall apart. After thoroughly inspecting, measure the length of where the gutters run and mark the downspout locations. Followed by measuring the height of the downspouts.

Parts and Tools to Install Rain Gutters

After planning and measuring, be sure to gather the right materials, and tools including:

Tools Needed

  • Extension Ladder
  • Gutter Crimper
  • Cordless Drill
  • Roofing Hatchet
  • Roofing Knife
  • File


  • Elbows
  • Downspouts
  • Gutter
  • Gutter Brackets
  • Gutter Sealant
  • Fascia Board
  • Soffits
  • ⅓" Hex Head Screws
  • ⅛" Rivets
  • 1 ¼” self-tapping hex head screws

Cut and Join Your Rain Gutters

Once you've gathered all of your tools and materials, you are now ready to begin cutting the back and front surfaces of the gutter with tin snips. If you don't have tip snips, you can use a roofing hatchet, and a roofing knife. Once you cut all of the gutters, smooth out the razor-sharp edges with a file. Don't forget to have outlet holes for where the downspout tubes will go. For safety precautions, we recommend combining the gutters, and downspouts while on the ground.

For proper directions, please review the following steps

  • Cut a 2-inch notch in the front lip of the gutter to join the outside or inside corner piece
  • Cut a 4-inch long notch to splice together, and overlap any gutter sections
  • Apply gutter sealant along the corners
  • Then hook the front lip of the corner, covering the notched segment, and fasten it over the gutter

Hanging The Rain Gutter

After cutting and adjoining each rain gutter, you're fully prepared to install rain gutters on your home. Start off by using a chalk line along the roofline as a reference to level off the gutter. Keep in mind when hanging it up with any roof brackets, to mount them at approximately every 18 to 24-inches. Then attach any gutter end caps to the fascia board. You'll need your drill, and hex head screws to keep them stabilized. When connecting any downspouts add an elbow at the top, and bottom. Then attach some more gutter tubes to keep any water away from the foundation of the house. Every elbow, and hole that connects gutter materials must have sealant applied to prevent any leaks from occurring. Then you're all set!

AJC is more than just a tool distributor, we manufacture, patent, and design, high-quality roofing tools. AJC will provide you with the right tools to install fix, and repair gutters without the hassle of going from shop-to-shop. Visit our online catalog now!

July 25, 2017 : Benefits of Shingle Cutters and Roofing Knives

Finding the Best Utility Knife for Shingles

If you are looking to add a valuable tool to your roofing tools collection, don't forget a shingle cutter or roofing knife. A quick and convenient cutter should be a part of any roofer's supplies, whether it is a handy utility knife or an AJC Super Shear shingle cutter for a larger scale roofing project. With the power of the Super Shear shingle cutter, you can cut through a variety of durable shingles or roofing materials. The blade on the Super Shear can cut through thicker shingles, such as laminate and also thinner metals like aluminum. For adequate cutting, the spring-loaded tension adjustment allows for adjustable pressure to assist in cutting through the shingles or material. For a thicker material, more pressure is applied, and for a thinner one, less pressure is needed. Cut through multiple shingle mediums in half the time on your next commercial roofing job.
For assistance that is on the roof with you, a smaller, hand-held tool might prove more efficient. To avoid climbing down and getting off the roof multiple times for smaller cuts, choose a quality roofing knife for your roofing tools collection. Specifically, the AJC Guardian Angle is the tool that will make shingle cutting a breeze. For a hand-held, precise cut right at the scene, the Guardian Angle has the ability to cut even the toughest of shingle materials. With knuckle protection, this roofing knife offers a quality grip and also reduces fatigue while you are on the job. The Guardian Angle increases leverage giving you complete control when you cut and reduces slippage or material breakage. Keep your blade secure and exactly where you need it to be. Choose from the Bowtie, Big Hook or regular utility knife for a variety of quality cutting strengths and styles. A hook blade knife will penetrate the toughest laminates and metals to get your roofing job done right. Additionally, we have a special roofing knife to help you get through the roofing membrane material. The AJC Roofing Membrane Slitter is designed to be a quick-slitting tool to get through the stubborn roof membrane. Be sure to get all your roofing materials cut with our wide variety of roofing knives.

There's an AJC Roofing Tool For That

No matter the material, AJC Tools has a solution. With a variety of shingle rippers and roofing knives, our tools tackle any commercial or residential roofing project that you may have. Keep your roofers happy and stocked with the best roofing knives available. Our roofing tools can handle a multitude of materials making your next residential roofing job or commercial roofing job much easier.

July 3, 2017 : The Benefits of the AJC Rolling Magnetic Sweeper

The Benefits of the AJC Rolling Magnetic Sweeper

Whether you are looking for commercial roofing tools or residential roofing equipment, each job site needs a sweeper to gather materials and keep things tidy. A great way to gather nails, shards and other small tools is by using a magnetic sweeper. This product is as well-designed as it is functional for collecting pieces that may have fallen or been left behind from your roofing job. With powerful magnets, quality craftsmanship and quick release design, the AJC Rolling Magnetic Sweeper is a choice sweeping tool that roofers use to be safe and keep job sites organized. Whether you are performing a commercial roofing job or looking for residential roofing tools, our magnetic sweepers can make your life ultimately easier.
The AJC Rolling Magnetic Sweeper contains a thick stainless steel box, has durable wheel brackets and improved, adjustable wheels that don’t need any tools to adjust. The wheels on this magnetic sweeper are 7 inches, meaning they are a perfect size for heavy duty use in any environment. The tall handle with grip makes it the perfect height to roll efficiently over any surface, without any stooping down or strain on you. For easy storage, the handle folds over itself, so this sweeper will not take up a lot of room in your toolshed or garage. Additionally, the removable surface face makes it easy and quick to slide off the wheel frame to easily drop your debris, nails or scraps in their respective containers. You don't have to worry about spills, complicated release systems or shaking the magnets loose. Keep your nails and shards right where you need them until you are ready to clean and release. The AJC Rolling Magnetic Sweeper is also a fantastic way to fill nail bags or collect smaller tools or brackets that may have been left behind. Never worry about getting valuables mixed in with trash or metal shards. The open-face design shows you exactly what you are picking up and holds it there until you are ready to let it go. Keep your job site and roofing jobs organized with this rolling magnetic sweeper.

Tidy Job Sites are Safer Job Sites

One of the most significant benefits of the AJC Rolling Magnetic Sweeper is that it picks up everything you can't see. With grass, dirt and debris on your job site, you are bound to miss sharp nails or shards that can be hazardous to your vehicles and workers. Having a rolling magnetic sweeper keeps things organized and most importantly safe for yourself and your workers.

April 27, 2017 : Shingle Removers Work Hard For You

Ripping off stubborn shingles can be a tiresome, all-day task for roofers. Whether you are pulling up an entire roof or just a smaller section, a shingle remover can make your job much more efficient. Jack the Ripper Shingle Remover takes all of the tough work out of your roof replacement, by quickly cutting through even the most difficult shingle materials. Lightweight and with an 8-inch serrated blade, this shingle remover can get the job done.

The Jack the Ripper Shingle Remover provides over 48 inches of leverage to make the load easier on your legs and back. Have our roofing tools work with you and make your job easier. Equipped with a steel handle and poly-D grip for maximum comfort and control, this shingle ripper cuts through heavy-duty shingles and stubborn materials to cleanly and completely remove the entire shingle. The sleek design ensures no nails or shingle remnants are left behind. Reshingle your roof in no time at all. This is a roofing tool to have handy at every job site.

Double the Teeth, Double the Work Relief

When you've got a stubborn scrap and need extra assistance, AJC Tools also has double the strength. The Double Dipper Shingle Remover is also available for your next roofing project. This shingle remover has double the surface area of the Jack the Ripper. Furnished with over 20 inches of steel, remove a massive amount of shingles much more conveniently. True to its name, the Double Dipper has two steel handles with the same poly-D grip as the Jack the Ripper shingle remover. Tear up stubborn roofing pieces with just one roofing tool. At only 13 pounds, the Double Dipper has a strong and simple structure, capable of doing most of the work for you. Prevent strain and injury with a shingle remover that cuts through even the most resilient shingles.

Clean Up Any Roof

With a solid, larger face, our shingle ripper can score any roofing surface in half the time. Shingle removers eliminate the need to bend over and no more strenuous jobs that take all day. Rip through roofing materials with the razor sharp teeth of the Jack the Ripper or Double Dipper Shingle Remover. Your next roof job is sure to be a success with the durability of an AJC Tools shingle remover. Don't be on-site without one and order one from AJC Tools today.