A lot of planning, monitoring, and maintenance efforts are required before the work of installing a slate roof actually begins.
Once the decision to install a slated roof is made, it is essential to understand the process of installing a St. Louis slate roof.
Homeowners considering installing a slate roof should consider the following before they jump into getting a new roof.
The planning stage is very important. Homeowners should have each and every step planned, as an incorrectly installed roof, or a poor quality slate roof can increase expenses exponentially.
- The first step in installing a slate roof is to find a good roofing company. Homeowners should be aware that not all roofing contractors are qualified to install a slate roof.
- Homeowners should double-check the roofing contract before signing on the dotted line. Details should be accounted for to avoid surprise costs.
- Your Slate roofing company should check if the roof decking is strong enough to withstand the weight of the slate.
Understanding and discussing the costing of the slate roof installation beforehand is essential. In the roofing industry, a square is generally equal to a hundred square feet. The cost of roofing often depends upon a number of factors like the size of the roof, grade and thickness of the roof, quality of the slate, labor costs, as well as the location of the house. In general, installing a slate roof is more expensive than many other roofing options. However, many feel it is a wise investment, considering the longevity and low maintenance of slate roofs.
Once the contract is signed, the installation process will commence. Homeowners should discuss – in detail – each and every step.
- To begin with, homeowners should make sure that all individual tiles come from the same quarry to avoid difference in the color of some slates. The color of the tiles should be discussed in advance.
- Similarly, homeowners should discuss the pattern of the roof beforehand to determine the amount of material required. This will also help determine cost.
- Slate roofing is a tedious procedure and requires time to ensure precision installation. Therefore a realistic time-frame should be decided by the home owner and the contractor beforehand. Work hours of laborers should also be pre-determined.
- The headlap of the roof should be more than 3 inches to avoid seepage of water into the house.
- Clean-up after the roof has been installed should be discussed and/or included in the contract.
Despite its huge cost of installation, slated roofs are very low maintenance. It is wise to conduct a roof check once a year (usually after winter), while a thorough check can be conducted between 5 to 7 years.
St. Louis Slate Roofing Installation
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