Should I Repair or Replace My Slate Roofing? Well this is a question which unfortunately doesn’t have a simple answer. Read on to see some of the considerations, when we assist in making this decision with you.
Slate roofs are one of the most long lasting types of roof. With proper care and maintenance, they can last 100 years or longer. But just like all other roofing materials, slate can wear out eventually – often due to poor maintenance.
If you have a home with an older slate roof, you may be familiar with repairs. You may also have someone you use for those small repairs, but you may be wondering when it’s time to start thinking about replacing a slate roof – and what’s usually involved in the process. Your repairer may not have the skills and a large enough team to complete an entire re-roof for you, or you may want to get a larger team in, so you are not exposed to the elements for a longer period of time, than required. Get this and all the information you need in this article from NSW Slate Roofing.
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A Few Broken Slate Won’t Need A Full Roof Replacement
The first thing to note is that slate are actually very easy to replace (from a qualified trades perspective) as they fail. Individual slate can be easily removed and replaced to restore the roof, and in most cases, you will never need to fully replace the entire slate roof – unless there has been some catastrophic damage to the slate roof and the underlying substructures, or it reaches an age in excess of 100 years.
You may want to begin by going outside and looking at your home’s roof through a pair of binoculars to look for damaged and missing tiles, or you could hire a drone operator who specialises in roof inspections. In the scheme of things you will have the footage to review with your roofing company, and have a much beeter look at your entire roof, for a small fee. If you only notice a few damaged slate, they can likely be replaced one-by-one. You may need to replace an entire roof section if 20% or more of the slate are damaged.
However, if more than 10% of the total roof structure is damaged, it may not be possible to replace individual missing slate – this is because it may not be possible to remove the failing slate without breaking the ones beside them. Most contractors recommend removing all of the slate and replacing them, in this case.
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Are There Any Other Signs That My Slate Roof May Need To Be Completely Replaced?
Yes. If you notice active moisture/water damage in the attic and on any exposed rafters, leaks in the slate may have caused damage to the roof lining boards and other elements. Water damage anywhere in your house is an indicator that the roof may need to be replaced.
While many of your slate may still be in good shape, serious leaks or ongoing small leaks, will damage the support structures of the roof, which can lead to major structural problems, if left untreated. To repair damage to these structures, the roof must be completely removed and replaced.
It Is Possible To Recycle / Reuse Slate, Depending ON Their Condition
Depending on the condition and age, even if you need to replace your roof, there is some good news! If you hire a team of expert slate contractors, they can typically remove all of your undamaged slate tiles and store them for future use. In some cases, up to 80% or more of your slate tiles can be reused to restore your roof.
In addition to reusing these slate, your roofers will work with you to choose a type of slate that matches the existing slate, where possible. Then, the new slate can be integrated with the old slate when you repair or replace your roof. In Australia, this can be difficult due to the age of many slate roofs, before they are replaced.
This means you can save on the cost of buying new materials for your entire roof, if you like the look your aged roof has.
If You Need To Repair Or Replace A Slate Roof Talk To NSW Slate Roofing!
At NSW Slate Roofing, we always do an outstanding job – and we guarantee your satisfaction with our services.
As master slaters in NSW, we have the tools, experience, and knowledge you need to repair or replace your existing slate roof. Be that with a new, high-quality roof, or we can re-use slate that are in good condition to help keep the cost of your project under more control!
If your roof needs repairs in Sydney or the surrounding areas, or you suspect it may be time for a full-scale slate roof replacement, we’re here to help with repair jobs of all types and sizes. Contact us to get the help you need with slate roof repairs right away.