Slate roofs do not require as much maintenance as asphalt shingle roofs, but they still need some upkeep. When properly maintained by a capable roofing company, you can many decades of reliable performance. Conducting a visual inspection at least every six months lets you keep an eye on your roof’s condition and arrange for prompt repairs when needed. In today’s post, Tango and Gatti shares some slate roofing maintenance tips.
Conduct Your Inspection From the Ground
We can’t stress enough how important your safety is. Fortunately, you don’t have to take risks to perform a roof inspection. On a clear day, take a good pair of binoculars and, from the ground, inspect your slate roof from various angles and take note of potential roofing issues. If you happen to have a remote-controlled drone, put it to good use by having it record a video from above. The footage will prove useful for later reference.
Familiarize Yourself With Roofing Components
Your roof is composed of more than the shingles you see from the ground. For example, flashings are essential components installed on valleys, around protrusions, and on areas where the roof meets a wall or dormer. Missing or corroded flashing will need to be replaced as soon as possible. If left unaddressed, damaged flashing makes your roof vulnerable to leaks, which could eventually require premature roof replacement.
TIP: Don’t Waste Time If You Find Damaged Slate
Unlike asphalt shingles or metal, damaged slate roofing can be easily spotted. Minor imperfections such as chipped edges shouldn’t impair the roof’s performance, but cracked slate definitely can. Fortunately, a capable roofing contractor can replace individual slates without removing the rest of the roof. This means faster repair times.
To learn more about our roofing and gutter repair services, call Tango and Gatti today at (330) 303-4222. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation estimate. We serve Canton, OH, and surrounding areas.