How To Maintain A Slate Roof On Your Home


When your home has a slate roof, it gives your home character and a look that many of your neighbour’s houses may not have. A slate roof is going to require some maintenance to keep it leak-free and in excellent condition, and there is a lot that you can do without the expense of a roofing contractor. Follow the steps below to help maintain your roof, and you can keep it looking excellent, as well as fully functional, and you get to ensure that your home is leak-free.


Inspect Your Roof Regularly

You will want to inspect your roof and look for damage thoroughly at least once a year, and potentially more depending on what the weather is like where you live. You can inspect your loft or attic and look for signs of water coming in through the roof. You will also have to check the outside for damage and spots where water may be getting into your home. You will want to ensure that you do not step onto the slate tiles, as this will break them, and you will need a ladder to go on the roof which you can use to get to the top. As well as inspecting your roof at least once a year, it is also a good idea to check your roof after a big storm and look for damaged or missing roof tiles which may require fixing.


Removing Debris

You will also want to check your roof and gutters for debris which you can find after storms and remove this, which can help to prevent damage. If you live in a cold climate and have twigs and debris on your roof, this can lead to ice forming which can crack your roof tiles and require you seeking expert slate roof restoration to repair the damage. You can also use a hose on your roof to help remove dirt and debris. This will not only help to keep it in excellent condition, it will also make your home look clean and tidy.


Keep An Eye Out For Damaged Tiles

No matter what time of year, if you find a damaged tile on your slate roof, you will need to get it repaired as quickly as you can. If you delay in repairing your roof, you can run the risk of a leak developing, which can lead to damage inside your home and leave you with a more expensive repair bill than you bargained for initially.


Use An Expert

If there is any doubt and you are not comfortable climbing on your roof, then you may wish to use the services of a professional roofing contractor that specialises in slate roofs. They have the experience and expertise to do a job in the fraction of the time that it will take you. They also have all the necessary safety equipment that you may need to repair it.


Make sure that you check your slate roof regularly and also give it a clean a couple of times a year, and you can help to ensure that your roof remains in excellent condition, without any significant problems arising.

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