A New Homeowner’s Guide to Slate Roofs

As a new homeowner, you may have questions about slate roofs. Slate roofs are one of the longest-lasting types of roof. However, they do need professional upkeep to ensure longevity. Here is what you need to know about these types of roofs.

1. How Long Do They Last?

There are two things that will largely contribute to the life span of a slate roof. The first is the quality of the slate material, and the second is the quality of the roof installation. Slate is graded in three categories: low, mid, and high. The higher the grade, the longer the life.

The range of useful life expectancy for a slate roof is between 50–150 years. However, installation quality, maintenance, and climate can affect the lifespan greatly. Proper installation is essential to the lifespan of a slate roof.

2. How Is This Roof Maintained?

Slate, like other roofing materials, needs to be periodically cleared of debris. However, you should never step on a slate roof. While slate is a durable material, it is also fragile when it comes to bearing weight. Over time, the slate can become very brittle, and any weight can cause it to chip and crack.

Periodic replacement of cracked, chipped, or fractured tiles will be necessary. These types of roofs are susceptible to algae growth. Professional maintenance is a must.

3. Can This Roof Be Repaired?

A slate roof can be repaired by a professional roofing team with experience working with this type of roof material. Not every roofing company can make repairs to a slate roof. You must choose a roofing company that has the right experience.

Matching slate roofing tiles takes expertise. If the necessary repairs are extensive, replacement may be a better option. According to the Roofers Guild, about 90% of roofing work in the United States is dedicated to roof replacement. Working with a professional roofer with experience with slate roofs is the best way to determine if your roof can be repaired or if replacement is the best option.

Every new homeowner should partner with a trusted roofing company to manage roof inspections, maintenance, and repairs. Keeping your slate roof in good condition depends on having a roofing team in your corner. Call ROOFWORKS today to learn more.

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