A regularly maintained roof will save you expensive maintenance and repairs.
Most homes have shingled roofs, so when a homeowner moves to another home with a slate roof, they are often clueless about its maintenance. Some roofing contractors may tell them that no one works with slate roofs any longer and that they should probably have it replaced. However, the reality is that the classic appeal of a slate roof is truly unmatched. A little more investigation can help them find a St. Louis slate roofing expert who can put their roofing worries to rest.
Caring for a Slate Roof
Slate roofs may last as long as 50 to 70 years depending upon the maintenance and the quality of slate. Ideally, an annual inspection should be conducted during the spring season. This is the time you can assess any damages that have occurred during the winter months. When it comes to slate roofs, being proactive can ensure the longevity of the roof.
Regular maintenance is an important task that needs careful consideration. It is important to understand the components that make the roof the beauty that is it is, and to get a clear view of the budget that needs to be set for the slate roof maintenance.
The most important component of the roof is the slate itself. Over a period of time, there could be individual slipped or broken slates that need repair and a trained St. Louis slate roof contractor can easily repair slates that are broken or missing. While chipped slates are generally not a cause of concern, broken and missing slates need regular repair.
The metal that is present on the hips and valleys of the roof, on the ridges and on the base of the chimney of the house are called flashings. These are most commonly made of either copper or galvanized steel. While galvanized steel flashings have a life of about 15-20 years, copper flashings last for about 70 years with regular maintenance. Discoloration from brown to green in copper flashings is common; however, when the copper flashing turns black, it needs to be replaced. On the other hand galvanized steel flashings require regular painting to keep them free from rust.
A badly kept chimney can be a head sore for homeowners. Chimneys have a number of parts like the main chimney component, the masonry, the flashings, and the cap or flue covers. If any of these parts are not maintained well, they could allow water leaks. It is prudent to check for any broken or missing joints, bricks, or mortar. Homeowners should also keep an eye out for the chimney lining if the chimney is used to vent a furnace.
Gutters and Downspouts
Gutters and downspouts usually contain troughs that are lined with metal – copper or galvanized. Whether the home has a box gutter or a hanging gutter, care has to be taken to keep the gutter clean of debris, ensure the solder seams are intact and that there are no holes that can lead to water leakage.
St. Louis Slate Roof
A regularly maintained roof will save you expensive maintenance and repairs. However, one must be careful to ensure that they only hire trained and qualified, professional St. Louis slate roof contractor to do the job. Get in touch with Duration Construction today to find out more.