Cranes For Roofing and Roof Repairs

Considering Crane Types and Uses

Choosing the correct type of crane for your roofing project is crucial when it comes to achieving successful and efficient results. Discerning which roof crane is the best option to aid your construction work depends on factors such as space, location, terrain and height. The correct crane will make your worksite safer, minimising the risks associated with working at height. You’ll also see an increase in productivity and cost-effectiveness. Read on to discover three types of cranes that will benefit your latest roofing project best.

1. Spider Cranes

You need only glance at a spider crane to understand the name. Spider cranes have four outriggers that spread out, making them look like a crouching spider. The outriggers provide excellent stability when working in smaller spaces. In the same way that spiders can curl up and become small, this crane can be folded into a cube shape, making them highly transportable. The folding feature of the crane also means it can fit through doorways and gaps that most cranes cannot.

Just because this crane is small does not mean it is not powerful. Take Emerson’s UNIC 295 3T Spider Crane, for example. The crane has a total width of 0.6m but can work at a radius of 8.41m and lift up to 3t.

What are spider cranes used for?

Spider cranes are also called mini cranes, a name that indicates their primary USP: being able to operate in confined spaces. Many projects will favour the use of spider cranes, including those in sports halls or historic buildings with features that are difficult to reach.

Spider cranes can be folded down to fit through narrow doorways, and their outrigger configuration suits them to use on uneven terrain.

Spider cranes can also be used in conjunction with larger cranes. The larger crane can lift the spider crane to a higher level where it can be set up to provide help where traditional cranes can’t reach.

Regarding roofing projects, spider cranes are an ideal choice for domestic projects, where a smaller crane is all that is required, and larger-scale projects, where they can work in combination with other cranes and equipment. At Emerson, we stock a range of spider cranes for each project. Learn more about the uses of spider cranes by reading our blog on the topic.

2. City Cranes

City cranes are specially optimised to be suitable for roofing projects in urban environments. Due to their narrower, compact design, they are ideal for navigating tight spaces. These mobile cranes are narrower and significantly more lightweight than traditional cranes, adding to their ease of manoeuvrability. Set up is smooth and fast, allowing you to continue to work on your roof repairs with minimum disruption in the busy city environment. If you are working on a roofing job in a built-up area, a city crane is a fantastic option to streamline your project.

We stock a variety of city cranes and our friendly team can help you find the ideal match for your job. The Demag AC-40 city crane is an especially popular option. With an excellent power-to-weight ratio, the crane can lift up to 40t with a maximum load at a radius of 3m. Choosing this option will provide you with a low clearance height whilst also including a 31m boom in the intelligent, compact design. City cranes are the perfect choice for inner-city roofing projects.

Being based in London, we understand the challenges of working in an urban environment. Get in touch with our friendly team today on 020 8059 2577 to discuss our city crane range.

3. Mobile Cranes

Mobile cranes offer fantastic versatility and are frequently used for roofing tasks on high-reach or high-scale projects.

Mobile cranes have a greater range of movement than tower cranes and offer the benefit of being easy to reposition on site. These machines can also be driven around a job site or between locations, allowing them to cover a greater area than tower cranes.

The fact that these wheeled cranes can be driven on public roads without the need for contracting specialised haulage services poses a distinct advantage, when compared to crawler cranes.

Mobile cranes are available in a range of sizes, to suit different projects and settings. Their applications for roofing can range from carrying out roof truss installations on residential sites to large-scale industrial or commercial roofing projects.

The Liebherr LTM 1095 5.1 is a 95t all-terrain heavy mobile crane that proves ideal for industrial sites and large-scale projects. With a maximum lifting height of 58m, a maximum lifting capacity of 95t and a maximum radius of 60m, this crane means business.

Hiring a heavy all-terrain mobile crane from Emerson, such as the Liebherr LTM 1095 5.1, would be perfect for roofing projects on sizable structures such as sports stadiums or high-rise buildings.

Cranes For Roofing and Roof Repairs


By assessing the needs and requirements of your roofing project, you will be able to determine which crane is the best option to help achieve your vision. Emerson is here to help you with all your crane hire needs, whether you opt for a versatile spider crane for a domestic project, a city crane to aid with roof repairs in busy built-up areas or an all-terrain mobile crane for ultimate power in a large-scale construction job.

Why Choose Emerson Crane Hire in London?

With over 25 years of experience in our industry, Emerson is the obvious, confident choice for crane hire in the London area. We can offer expertise on which crane best suits your job and follow it up with our excellent hire service. Don’t hesitate to contact our knowledgeable team on 020 8548 3900 for more information.