Cutting Shingles with Shears
Three-tab asphalt shingles are tough to cut, but these thicker architectural shingles are even tougher. You could use a utility knife and dull the blade or bloody your knuckles, but there’s a better way. Years ago I worked on a job with a roofer named Todd Smith, and whenever he had to cut asphalt shingles, he pulled out a big pair of snips. Now, these are designed for cutting metal, but the long handles give you great leverage for cutting thick material like asphalt shingles.