Conducting regular maintenance on your St. Louis slate roof will help you avoid high-cost repairs and/or replacement.
Slate roofs are known for their aesthetic appeal and durability. However, conducting regular maintenance checks is important in order to avoid roof damage that can result in unforeseen, high-cost repairs and/or replacement.
Winters bring rain and snow, which in turn expose leaks in the roof of the house. Conducting regular maintenance checks will help identify these leaks, and ensure that the roof, walls, and furniture are safe from water damage.
Water can seep under the shingles or the underlayment causing it to get warped and cracked. The deeper the water seeps, it gives way to unhealthy mold growth, damaged drywall, and can require complete replacement.
However, this water damage can be avoided by following these tips from our St. Louis slate roofing experts.
Inspect the Attic
The attics are one of the first places in the house that can show signs of water damage. A yearly checkup can ensure that the roof is secure from the inside as well. Attic checks are best conducted when it is raining. This way, the problem areas can be spotted faster.
However, if the checkup is conducted when it is not raining, telltale signs like mold around joints, seams and around vents, water stained insulation areas, as well as warped wood, can be seen. If there is water pooling beneath shingles, there is a possibility of dripping water that can lead to more severe damage.
Attic ventilation inspection can ensure the longevity of the roof, shingles and the underlayment. Moreover, regular maintenance conducted during the fall months will generally help prevent damage to your roof in the winter.
Accumulated snow causes ice dams that prevent the water from running down vents. These ice dams accumulate water over a period of time and can saturate shingles making them brittle. Accumulated water can then slowly damage the underlying roofing material causing leaks.
Before winters set in, roofs should be adequately ventilated, with proper insulation between rafters. These checks can prevent ice damming and thus prevent leaks.
Winters mean holidays. As the festive season approaches, decorating the house is an activity that requires climbing over the rooftop to hang lights or put up festive décor. This includes a lot of walking over the rooftop.
With too much roof traffic, shingles can break and shatter under pressure. Moreover, there can be damage to flashings and other parts of the roofs. If left unchecked, these damaged parts can allow water accumulation and cause leaks, thereby damaging the roof and the interiors of the house.
It is better to prevent roof traffic altogether, however for unavoidable reasons, if the roof has to be climbed, it is best to avoid stepping on weak shingles and tiled areas.
Hiring Professional Help
Conducting pre-winter checks are essential to have a worry-free winter. A trained, experienced St. Louis slate roofing expert will know exactly where and how to look for damage, and understand if it needs to be repaired or replaced. Call Duration Construction today at (314) 238-1357!