Slate roofs are some of the most beautiful and long-lasting roofs you can have on your home. A slate roof that is well-maintained can last over 100 years — so don’t let the higher price tag fool you.We recommend allowing an expert installer to make repairs on slate roofs, but here are some tips for those who like to be weekend warriors up on the roof!
Watch Where You’re Walking!
Let’s say you have a slate roof that is over 50 years of age — would you want to walk on it? We hope not! While this material does last a very long time, the added pressure from your body weight could cause some of the more worn shingles to crack or break off. Never walk on top of a slate roof so you can avoid breaking any of your expensive shingle, use a ladder or scaffolding instead.
Use the Right Type of Nails
Slate roofs require either coated galvanized or copper nails. Whichever nail type your current roof has is the one you should move forward with during repairs. When replacing broken slate shingle with brand new ones, pre-drill the nail holes to avoid breaking this or any other surrounding shingles.
Remove Slate Tiles the Right Way
When removing a damaged slate tile, make sure you’re using a “ripper.” This tool should be placed underneath the desired shingle, and positioned upward toward the roofing nail. Due to the pressure, the nail will pop out and be removed as a whole. When pushing the ripper toward the roofing nail, make sure it is flat against the roof.
For those homeowners who are also DIYers, be careful when working on slate roofs — and implement these tips. For those in need of an expert installer to repair their roof, contact Preferred Exterior. To learn more or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.