When properly cared for, slate can easily last 100+ years. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t require regular inspections and maintenance. Proper slate roof maintenance is essential for preserving the longevity of your roof.
Over time, slate tiles can become damaged or degraded, just like all other roofing materials. They can pull away from copper roofing nails, become damaged by the impact of debris like tree branches, and break due to other types of wear & tear.
If you don’t repair and replace damaged tiles, you may experience water damage that requires extensive interior repairs. Let’s discuss a few slate roof maintenance tips you can use to keep your home in good shape.
Take A Look At Your Roof Every Once In A While
One of the best ways you can care for your roof is to just do a quick visual inspection when you’re outside. From the ground, you should be able to see the majority of your roof tiles.
Look for any tiles that are visibly broken, cracked, or loose. If you have a set of binoculars, you can use these to get an even better view.
You also could use a ladder to get access to your roof, but this can be dangerous, so we only recommend doing so if you have experience, proper safety equipment, and someone to help you.
Stay Alert For Interior Signs Of Leaks
Leaks in your roof don’t always cause interior leaks or damage at first, but it’s still a good idea to pay attention to the state of the inside of your home, particularly if you have an attic or loft. This is usually where you may notice water stains or other indicators of leaks.
Don’t just use your eyes, either – use your nose! If you notice a musty mildew smell within your attic – or anywhere in your home – this is a likely indicator that you have some kind of water leak. You may want to contact a roofer for a consultation to check your roof.
Hire A Slate Roofer For An Annual Inspection
Hiring an experienced slate roofer for an annual inspection of your home is a good idea. Your roofer will be able to get an “up-close-and-personal” view of your roof to make sure that it’s in good condition. If they notice any issues, they can provide you with an overview of your options for repairing and replacing damaged tiles.
One of the reasons you should hire a qualified slate roofer instead of a generalist is because you can avoid further damage to your roof. Slate roofs can be damaged by the pressure of people walking on them. Slate roofers use special ladders and other tools to avoid walking directly on the roof during inspections – a roofer who is not familiar with slate may not take these same steps.
Need Slate Roof Repairs Or Inspections? Contact NSW Slate Roofing?
Slate roofing is the best type of roofing if you want a long lifespan, fire resistance, energy efficiency, and more – but proper maintenance is still essential for this roofing material.
So follow these tips, and if you need to hire a slate roofer for an annual inspection or for repairs, contact NSW Slate Roofing right away. We’re always here to help you get the repairs and other services you need in Sydney and the surrounding areas.