Slate roofing is one of the toughest roof systems out there. It can last for up to 100 years, especially when installed correctly and maintained properly. In this post, residential and commercial roofing company New Line Roofing explains how slate roofs fail prematurely. We also share a few tips on how you can avoid such unfortunate circumstances.
Installing the Wrong Flashing
The metal flashing around vents and chimneys are generally considered the most vulnerable part of a slate roof. However, this often depends on the type of metal that you use for the flashing. Less durable metal such as aluminum and stainless steel are likely to erode and begin leaking even before the slate tiles give out. When this happens, you don’t necessarily have to replace your slate roof. You simply have to swap out your metal flashing for a more durable material. Copper is usually the standard because it does not erode quickly nor it requires to be painted.
Using Nails With Poor Quality
Make sure that your contractor is using high-quality nails for your slate roof. Nails with poor quality often deteriorate more quickly. When there are no more nails to hold the slate tiles in place, this will naturally cause the tiles to start falling from the roof. Heavy-gauge galvanized roofing nails are typically recommended for installing slate roofs. These are also the ideal nails to use during slate roof repair.
Walking Over the Slate Tiles
A common reason why slate tiles crack is that someone has walked over them. Experienced installers know very well that they should never walk on a slate roof. That is why they use a system of ladder jacks and hook ladders instead. These tools enable the installers to hover over the roof as they work on it.
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