Slate Roof Repair Overview

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When it comes to beauty and durability for a roof covering, you really can’t do much better than slate. A good slate roof can have a life in excess of 100 years, but the individual tiles can become cracked or broken during that time.

As is the case with any type of roofing material, and type of damage can mean that the elements can start to find a way into your home. The repair costs can quickly start to pile up if left unattended, so it’s always wise to get the slate roof repair done as quickly as possible to avoid escalating problems.

It is always recommended that you should call in a roofing professional to do any repairs, as it can be dangerous work. There is also the possibility of doing more damage than good if you make any kind of mistake during the repair.

The first part of the process is to clear the roof of anything that might hamper the repair. This could be snow, ice, or some sort of growth that may have taken root up there. Only once the area has been totally cleaned off should the slate roof repair begin.

When you have a broken tile, there are normally remnants of the tile, and the nails that held it in place, left up on the roof. You will need a slate ripping tool into the area where the damaged tool is located. The hooks on the tool are used to extract and catch any nails that are left behind by the broken tile.

You may have to use a hammer to get the hooks in place so that they can either remove the nails or slice them off, allowing you to then add the new tile.

The replacement slate should be the same size as those around it, so measure it against the others to be sure that it is indeed the right size. If the damaged tile is still mostly intact, you can use that as a template before using a slate cutter to trim the new slate to the correct dimensions.

You can then slide the new tile into place, although you may feel a little resistance from the overlapping slates. Apply a little pressure to insert the new slate before using copper nails to hold it in place. Do not make the mistake of driving in the nails too hard, as they are used to hang the tile as opposed to holding it flush.

The final part of the process is to install the copper slip under the new tile, as this will help drive water over the nails and onto the exposed portion of the slate. The copper generally has to be cut to about 4 or 5 inches wide and slightly bent in the middle before it is slid into place.

While this may not sound like a labor intensive job, there are many things that can go wrong. That is why it is always best to call in a professional to ensure that the job is done correctly.

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Source by Gary L Fox