An annual roof maintenance inspection is the best approach to securing a slate roof for the longest time. An expert slate roofing contractor—not just any roofing contractor, but one who specialises in slate—knows how to access your slate roof securely without harming the slate, what to check for, and how to do any necessary repairs. Additionally, trying to inspect your roof can be perilous for someone who isn’t used to climbing about on rooftops, depending on the height and pitch of your roof. Following these simple instructions will help you maintain the strength and beauty of your slate roof without endangering it or yourself.
Inspect for cracks and missing tiles
We advise keeping an eye on your roof between annual inspections to catch any potential problems. Slate tiles have a tendency to shatter when subjected to severe impact from storms and snow; thus, you may occasionally notice cracked and slipped slate tiles on your roof. Additionally, you should never try to inspect your roof’s tiles while standing on them. You should have a good enough view of your roof while standing on the ground to spot any damage.
Pay attention to the flashings
The metal pieces that surround your roof’s leak-prone places, such as where the chimney meets the roof, are known as roof flashings. Your flashings are usually made of either copper or galvanised steel if your roof is slate. Your flashings’ composition will help you decide how frequently they need to be maintained. Copper flashings have a remarkable level of durability and can last up to 70 years with very little upkeep. Galvanised steel flashings, on the other hand, survive for 15 to 20 years before needing to be replaced. You generally won’t need to inspect your copper flashings as carefully as you would your galvanised steel flashings.
Inspect the gutters and downspouts
Cleaning up your gutters and downspouts is a crucial part of maintaining a slate roof. Water is directed away from your property by your gutters. Maintaining your gutters properly can prevent leaks and moisture buildup, which can result in costly damage. Water must be directed away from your property via gutters and downspouts. There are essentially two types of gutters: box gutters, which are integrated into the roof rafter, and hanging gutters, which are fastened to the home’s eaves.
Repair minor damage
An annual inspection informs you of any roof damage that occurred in the previous year, particularly during the winter. The slates themselves are the area of a slate roof that sustains maximum damage, and repairing little problems helps keep bigger problems from developing. Being the owner of a slate roof entails occasionally dealing with slipped and damaged slates. If you have large trees with branches that hang over your roof, this is more typical. Slates may crack and slip out due to falling debris.
It is recommended to hire a professional slate roofer for an annual inspection. This helps alert you to potential damage and make the necessary changes. Professional contractors are equipped with the necessary tools and machinery to securely inspect your roof from the air and the ground. Additionally, they are skilled at identifying minor issues before they become more serious. For further assistance, please contact the friendly team at The Slate Roofing Company today.