The beauty and the longevity of a slate roof is what often attracts homeowners and a slated roof can add a timeless appeal to your home.
Installing a slate roof should be a carefully planned process and should not be rushed into. It is essential to find an experienced and trained St. Louis slate roof expert who can install a slate roof correctly. Inexperienced roofers may commit a number of blunders that can seriously compromise the longevity, aesthetic beauty, and the durability of a slate roof.
Poor Flashing Installation
Flashings are the materials, usually metal or plastic, that are used to waterproof a roof around any projections like chimneys, vents, or gutters. Often made of metal, they are not as durable as the slate roof itself and require replacement from time to time. Incorrectly installed flashings can damage slate tiles and lead to water accumulation and leaks inside the house.
Cracked Slate Tiles
Slate tiles are vulnerable to damage. Weathering can cause cracks in slates and they may need replacement from time to time. Walking on these slates during repairs and installation can cause them to crack and lead to water leakages. A trained St. Louis slate roofer knows the correct way to walk over a slated roof without causing damage. Refrain from walking on the roof altogether unless unavoidable and use scaffolding and ladders during repairs and installations.
Unmatched Slate Colors
Slate is a natural material and is found in different shades in different locations. When a homeowner chooses a slate, they should be wary of suppliers who offer a poor quality of slate. Using a trained and experienced slater will ensure that the slater uses the different pallet slates in a way that blend the differences and give the roof a uniform look. In addition, some qualities of slates can develop rust-like stains over a period of time.
Using Inappropriate Tools
Correct tools such as slate cutters, hammers, stakes, and rippers should be used during installation or repairs. Specific tools should be used only for specific slate-related jobs. An untrained slater may be unable to know the difference and could end up damaging more tiles.
Incorrect Headlap Positioning
Headlap refers to overlapping of the head of a slate by two more courses of slate tiles. Proper installation of the headlap will ensure that water does not leak into the home. A professional slater will ensure that the headlap is correctly placed and will also adhere to the standard three-inch headlap measurement unless there is a need for modification based on weather conditions and roof pitch.
Proper installation of a slate roof can ensure longevity and beautiful appeal of your home. For more information, call Duration Construction at (314) 238-1357.