Slate roofs are relatively better when compared with asphalt shingle roofs as they do not require much maintenance. But in order to keep the shine of your slate roofing alive, you need to do the minimum maintenance tasks. Also, when you can properly maintain the slate roofs they can serve you with reliable performance and that too for decades. A slate roof maintenance task is as simple as conducting a visual inspection every six months and if you find any significant damage while inspecting, you need to take immediate action. That is all your slate roof expects from you!
So, here are the four main slate roof inspection and maintenance tips you need to follow if you want an everlasting slate roof with productive performance.
Monitor the checkpoints
Since you are not allowed to walk on the roof, you have to search for the check points from any exterior point. That increases the chances of missing out on the important ones. So you are required to use a ladder or other thing that allows you to climb and reach to the nearest point of your roof from where you can carry out the inspection conveniently and efficiently. You can also use a flashlight to look for the stains and carry out necessary hairline checks. Monitoring the checkpoints effectively will help you look for the damages properly so that you can take the required action.
Start inspecting from the ground
Your safety is the most important thing and you cannot stress enough about it. Fortunately, a slate roof inspection does not require you to risk your life. Neither you have to use any instrument nor do you have to do it regularly. You need to follow some of the most common and safe inspection procedures and that will be enough. All you need is a binocular to inspect the slate roof. Take a binocular and inspect the roof from the ground from a distance. Having a drone can help you with the inspection process. Put the drone to good use if you have one. Use it to check every single slate installed in your roof.
Learn about the roofing components
Your roof has a lot more component than just the shingles. If you can learn about these components then maintenance become easier. For example, your roof will require flashing if they are installed on valleys or protruded areas where the rood meets a dormer. If you have a corroded flashing then you need to change it immediately.
If you find any damaged slate, take immediate action
While you carry out your inspection, if you address and damaged slate roof shingle, get in touch with a roof repairing professional as soon as possible. One damaged slate roof shingle can damage the other shingles as well. This can pose danger to your life and your house. Spotting a slate roof shingle is comparatively easy. Minor imperfections can define a cracked slate shingle. Also, slate roof shingles can be easily repaired as professional contractors can remove single slate shingles without removing the entire roof.
These are some of the slate roof shingle maintenance and inspection tips you need to follow to keep your slate roof working for a decade or may be more. However if you want to ensure that your roof is taken care of in terms of maintenance and looking and function as best as possible, simply contact The Slate Roofing Company today so we can this hassle off your hands and you can have peace of mind that your Sydney, South Coast or Southern Highland property is taken care of.