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 wondering when it’s time to start thinking about replacing a slate roof – and what’s usually involved in the process. Get the information you need in this blog from NSW Slate Roofing.
A Few Damaged Tiles Won’t Require A Full Roof Replacement
The first thing to note is that slate tiles are actually very easy to replace as they fail. Individual tiles 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 roof tiles and the underlying substructures.
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. If you only notice a few damaged tiles, they can likely be replaced one-by-one. You may need to replace an entire roof section if 20% or more of the tiles are damaged.
However, if more than 10% of the total roof structure is damaged, it may not be possible to replace individual missing tiles – this is because it may not be possible to remove the failing tiles without breaking the ones beside them. Most contractors recommend removing all of the tiles and replacing them, in this case.
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 the rafters, leaks in the slate may have caused damage to the roof decking and other elements. Major water damage anywhere in your house is an indicator that the roof may need to be replaced.
While many of your tiles may still be in good shape, serious leaks will damage the support structures of the roof, which can lead to major structural problems. To repair damage to these structures, the roof tiles must be completely removed and replaced.
You Can Reuse Most Of Your Slate Roof Tiles When Replacing A Slate Roof
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 tiles, your roofers will work with you to choose a type of slate that matches the existing tiles perfectly. Then, the new tiles can be integrated with the old tiles when you repair or replace your roof.
This means you can save big on the cost of buying slate roofing materials – which is usually the largest expense you need to worry about when budgeting for a new roof.
Turn To NSW Slate Roofing If You Need To Repair Or Replace A Slate Roof!
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 with a new, high-quality roof, and we can re-use slate tiles that are in good condition to help keep the cost of your project under 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 online to get the help you need with slate roof repairs right away.