A slate roof doesn’t require as much upkeep as an asphalt shingle roof, but it still needs to be maintained. This way, its beautiful appeal and reliable performance can last for decades. A visual inspection every six months allows you to keep track of its overall condition. When there’s minor damage to one of the slate tiles, you can always rely on roof repair pros to fix the issue.
Today, R. Campbell Roofing shares inspection and maintenance tips for your slate roofing system.
Conducting On-The-Ground Visual Inspection
You don’t have to get up a ladder just to perform a roof inspection. This can be safely done from the ground—all you need is a pair of binoculars and good weather. Examine the slate roof’s surface from various angles and take note of potential issues or irregularities. You can even put to good use your remote-controlled drone if you happen to have one. Have it record a video of your roof; the footage can be proven useful once you consult the pros.
Learning the Various Roof Components
All residential roofing systems are made up of more than just an outer covering. If you have a slate roof, you have to find out if its components are where they’re supposed to be. Flashings, for instance, are installed in valleys, vents and other protrusions, and areas where the roof meets a dormer or wall. See to it that these are still intact. Missing or corroded flashing must be replaced right away; otherwise, it exposes the roof to leaks, which then leads to other serious roofing issues.
Be Wary of Damaged Slate
Damage on slate roofs can be easily spotted. It’s normal for these roofing systems to have minor imperfections like chipped edges, but you should keep an eye on any cracks on the slate tiles. If you see some, you should hire a reliable roofing contractor that can replace individual tiles without having to remove the other roof components.
R. Campbell Roofing is well-versed in the repair and installation of a variety of roofing materials, including slate, clay, sheet metal, cedar shakes, and asphalt shingles. We can also be relied upon for your commercial roofing needs. From roof coating to single-ply roofing, our expert roofers will help you find the perfect solution for your property.
Call (937) 866-1371 today or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate.