Slate roofs are made to last a lifetime.
Different types of slate have different life spans and a professional roofer can tell you how long to expect your roof to last. Despite the durability of slate tiles, cracks can develop over time. It is a big decision to decide whether to repair or replace your roof. Talk to Duration Construction to help you calculate the life expectancy of your slate roof. There are certain signs to look for when inspecting your roof for damage.
Inspect the Exterior of the Roof
Inspect the exterior of your slate roof for any damaged tiles or evidence of water leaks. Exterior water leaks do not always appear directly under a damaged area. Using a pair of binoculars, look for damaged tiles and note the location of the damage. The broken tiles may be contained in one area or the damage could be widespread. When looking at the tiles, tap and listen for the kind of sound you hear. A dull sound indicates the tile is not in good condition. Any minor problems you discover should be repaired as soon as possible. Any delays in repairs will only allow a minor problem to grow into a major and expensive issue.
Look for Signs of Water Damage
Despite the reputation of slate roofs for the ability to be waterproof, it is possible for fragile tiles to be compromised. Soft tiles can absorb rain water and can cause rot underneath the tiles. Inspect the attic and the rafters for visible signs of water leaks. If there have been water leaks for an extended period of time, you may observe water damage on the second floor of your home. When you find evidence of water damage, do not ignore the problem. Call a St. Louis slate roofing expert to find out how to resolve the issue.
Repair or Replace?
Should you repair or replace your slate roof? Slate tile roofing experts recommend if 20 percent of the tiles are damaged, the roof should be completely replaced. However, if you find less than 10 percent of the tiles are damaged, then timely repairs should keep your roof in mint condition. Speak to a professional roofing expert about your options. Having a slate roof on your home is an investment that should last a lifetime.
St. Louis Roofing Contractors
For roofing repairs or a complete roof replacement, call Duration Construction. We are residential and commercial roofing experts in the St. Louis area. Call us at (314) 238-1357 for an appointment.