Slate roofs are found everywhere across the state on historic homes. These roofs can last up to 100 years with routine maintenance and general inspections. These are natural roofs that have flame retarding capabilities.
Slate roofs can come in multiple colors give on where they are quarried. They add character to a historic home or to a home that is more modern. Slate is vulnerable to high winds and can become deadly during hurricane season in the state of Florida. Slate roofs can sustain themselves well in winter time, but can deteriorate during the spring time when the snow starts to melt.
Slate roofs are low maintenance but are heavy on the roof and its structures. So adding more support is key when installing a slate roof. Slate roofs should be inspected after a heavy storm for damage or mold and mildew growth. Inspections should be made from the ground using binoculars or from a cherry picker because the roof is a potential hazard to walk around. Any problems to the roof should be noted.
Slate roofs are vulnerable to water damage so wood rafters and sheathing should be checked for water stains and rot in the attic of the home. Every five to seven years the slate should be replaced and gutters should be cleaned. But if slate roofs need to be inspected by walking on the roof, it is best to wear soft soled shoes and to step on the lower-middle of the exposed portion of slate.
If you feel like your slate roof needs to be replaced or fixed, contact us from our website for a free estimate and repair.