Does your worn slate roof need to be repaired or replaced?
Slate roofs are often called 100-year-old roofs. Because of this, many people wrongly assume that a slate roof doesn’t need any maintenance for 100 years.
Therefore, a common question arises when a slate roof has been neglected and then has a number of broken, missing or loose tiles: Does my slate roof need to be repaired or replaced?
The general answer is that it is rare that an entire roof needs to be condemned and then replaced. Here are some helpful tips to help avoid getting into such a dire situation.
The Importance of Proper Maintenance
Rather, like all roofs, slate roofs should be inspected every year. When there are cracked, loose, missing, or broken slate tiles, they should be replaced as soon as possible. When annual maintenance is preformed, costly roof replacements can be avoided. In addition, when slates are broken or missing, this can cause other damage to the roof which can be expensive to fix.
It is also important that the repairs are done correctly. That is why a roofing company that is experienced with slate roofing be used to do repairs.
For instance, if a contractor is used that is unfamiliar with slate roofs, they may repair a leak with black goop. Not only is this unsightly, it can also conceal defects that could otherwise be easy to fix such as bad flashing.
Because slate roofs have a very long-lasting life ranging from 75 to 200 years, it is rare that an entire slate roof needs to be condemned.
When Replacement is Required
Even if you have your slate roof properly maintained, many of the slate tiles will have to be replaced at some time. However, there are some signs that a roof is at the end of its serviceable life. Major flaking, or delaminating, is one such sign. Another is powdering on the underside of the slates.
St. Louis Slate Roofing
If you need annual maintenance or need to inquire about the state of your slate roof, contact Duration Construction today at (314) 238-1357 or fill out our online contact form.
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