Slate roofs are widely considered one of the top roofing materials in terms of sheer durability and longevity. Compared to most roofs with an average life span of 20 to 30 years, these hardy roof tiles can last as long as 150 years when properly installed.
Despite its resilience and natural toughness, slate requires care and maintenance just like any roofing material. In this post, Dynamic Roofing Concepts Inc. shares care and maintenance tips for slate roofs.
Leaks are the bane of every kind of roofing material, and slate is no exception. The natural durability of this material means checking for leaks can be difficult since the warning signs aren’t visible to the naked eye.
Similar to metal roofing, you can tell if a slate roof is experiencing leaks by checking the flashing. These thin metal strips protect the more vulnerable parts of the roof, such as the area around the chimney and vents or the roof valleys.
If you see worn-out flashing that appears damp, there may be a leak within the roof already. Additionally, you’ll want to check the roof sheathing as this is usually the first to go when the roof is experiencing moisture damage.
Leaves, twigs, and the occasional branch may seem harmless so not a lot of homeowners take them seriously when they wind up on the roof. However, these debris can contribute to the wear and tear of your slate roofing system. Twigs and branches can scratch and puncture the slate roof while leaves spread moisture as they rot. Keep the roof clean, especially during the fall and winter season, to avoid complications.
Finally, you’ll want to set a date for a routine check up of your slate roof. You can do this at least once a year, although don’t wait too long if your area has experienced climatic weather conditions. For this, you’ll want to get in touch with your local roofing contractor as they have the necessary tools and equipment to ensure a thorough inspection of your roof.
Whether it’s for residential or commercial roofing, our experienced team at Dynamic Roofing Concepts Inc. will help you keep your slate roof in great condition so you can take full advantage of all of its benefits. Get in touch with us at (813) 657-7663 to learn more. We are roofing experts serving homeowners throughout Tampa, FL, and other parts of Florida.