Speaking with a roofing expert can help you determine whether to repair or completely replace your St. Louis slate roof.
Slate roofing tiles generally last for years. However, different types of slate have different life spans. Only an expert slate roofer can tell you how long you can expect yours to last. But the fact remains that even the sturdiest may develop cracks and damages over time. Determining whether to repair or replace your roof is a big decision. Speaking with a St. Louis roofing expert can help you calculate the life expectancy of your slate roof and also help you know whether your roof needs repair or a complete overhaul. Here are some signs to look for:
Look for any signs of any moisture damage in your slate roof. Fragile or soft slate tiles soak up more rainwater and are more prone to moisture damage. Professionals usually check for any signs of moisture damage in the rafters or attic. If you notice any signs of rot in those areas, you should contact a trained slate worker as soon as possible. Depending on the extent of the moisture damage, professionals may either recommend a repair or a complete replacement.
You also need to check for any water leaks in the attic or other areas. Signs of water damage may be visible in the living rooms in the first and second floors as well.
Damage in the Roof Exterior
It is also important to look for any damage in the exterior of the roof. If you notice any interior damage, just check whether the same areas have signs of any damage from the exterior as well. Know that any leaks in the exterior will not necessarily show up right under the damaged area. If it is a minor problem, simply repairing the damaged area may suffice.
The Extent of the Damage
Whether or not you need to replace the entire roof depends heavily on the extent of the damage. You may be able to use a pair of binoculars to spot some cracks and damages in the slate tiles from outside your house. One good idea would be to position the binocular in a place from where your house is clearly visible and check the entire roof and see whether the damaged tiles are clustered in a particular area of the roof. If so, this could be a problem with other building materials. Even if some tiles need to be replaced, a complete overhaul of the roof may not be required.
The Hollowness of the Tiles
You can simply tap the slate tiles on your roof and listen to the sound. If you hear a dull sound, chances are the tiles are porous from inside. It could be a problem with the metal fasteners rather than with the slate tiles. Get advice from a professional slate worker about how to deal with this problem.
Finally, you need to check whether more than 20 percent of the slates on your roof are damaged. If yes, then you may need to replace all the tiles. If the damaged tiles represent less than 10 percent of all the tiles, you may not need a complete replacement.
Slate Roofing St. Louis – Roof Repair
Speak with a roofing expert at Duration Construction today for help determining whether your slate roof needs repair or a complete replacement.
Call us today at (314) 238-1357