Many homeowners are wondering how to manage standard slate roof maintenance including slipping or broken slate tiles and other typical roof repairs. They have a lot of questions about a owning a slate roofing. Most property owners have shingle roofs when they purchase a brand-new home with slate, they have no idea exactly what it will take to keep. These are my preferred methods.
Usually, someone has actually already informed them that nobody works on slate any longer or that the roofing has to be eliminated. We can put their fears to rest and educate them about all the advantages of owning a historical slate roof.
Slate roofing can last a very long time if cared for appropriately. I recommend to all our clients to have a yearly evaluation in the spring. This is important for 2 reasons: it will let you know if any damage happened throughout the winter season and it will keep you ahead of any significant repair jobs.
It is very important to know the service life of different elements of your roof so that you can plan correctly. Being proactive about your roof is the best way to save money. You always want to make a repair prior to it leaking. Why spend the additional money on interior repairs too?
The most fundamental repair work and roof maintenance is the slate itself. You are bound to have broken and slipped slates from time to time, particularly if you have huge trees around your house or there has been a strong storm. A skilled slater can repair specific slates quickly. Little, chipped corners on slate may look unsightly but will not trigger a leak. Instead, watch out for missing or terribly damaged slates.
The next kind of repair work is the flashings. Flashings are the metal you see around the base of the chimney, at the ridge, on hips and in the valleys of your roofing system. These are typically copper or galvanized steel on a slate roof.
Copper flashings have a life span of about 70 years and are upkeep totally free. Copper will patina naturally in the elements and turn a dark brown, then a rich green. The green color lets you know that it is aging however still has service life left in it. When copper turns black, you know that time is ticking.
Galvanized flashings can last between fifteen and twenty years and has to be kept painted or they will rust very rapidly. While galvanized flashings may be more affordable for you if you need a repair work, keep in mind that they will require regular painting and over the long term, may not be any less than copper.
Chimneys can be a complete headache for a homeowner (and a roofing professional) if not maintained. You need to consider the chimney itself, the masonry, the flashing and the cap or flue covers. These different parts all have their own job in keeping water out of your house.
Chimneys can be very difficult due to the fact that there are a number of different causes for a chimney leakage. Checking the flashing to make sure it is still in excellent condition, examining the bricks and joints for any missing mortar and validating that the chimney is properly lined if it is used to vent a heater are excellent methods to defend against leakages.
The final aspects of your roof that you will want to keep in good working order are your rain gutters and downspouts. Both box gutter systems and hanging gutters each have their own roof maintenance requirements. Box gutters are developed into the rafter system of your roofing system, and from the ground they appear like decorative wood molding around the boundary of your home. The trough of the gutter system is lined with metal, either copper or galvanized.
As with flashings, if your gutter systems are galvanized, they will need routine painting. Hanging gutter systems are connected to the eaves of your house making use of hangers and show up from the ground. Both types of rain gutters need inspections to make sure there are no holes and that the solder seams are still undamaged. Rain gutters are responsible for getting the water far from your home. Interior leaks in walls and basements and erosion around your house can all be credited to rain gutter leaks.
Having a yearly examination of your roofing and gutter system by a skilled slate roofing professional will help make sure that your roofing remains to do its job and can help avoid significant repair service bills.
Call MB Roofing Pros a call today and inquire about their professional roof maintenance services.
MB Roofing Pros
5335 N. Kings Hwy #211B
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577