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How to Maintain a Slate Roof

Slate has been a popular roofing material for a long time. It’s visually appealing, reliable, and long-lasting (learn about the benefits of slate roofing), but only if maintained properly over the years.

In this post, we cover everything you should know about slate roof maintenance, whether you own a slate roof or anticipate owning one in the future. If you anticipate owning one, we as a leading Greensboro roofing company would be happy to help with the installation.

Professional Inspection

Getting your slate roof inspected annually or biannually will ensure it’s in good shape year-round. Most property owners get their roofs looked at in early spring and/or late fall.

In early spring, a team of roofers can assess your roof to see if it sustained any damage during the winter. A late-fall inspection can ensure your roof is ready for the winter.

The roofing team you hire will do a variety of things during their inspection, including:

  • Damage assessment
  • Repair & replacement
  • Gutter cleaning & debris removal
  • Mold, mildew & moss removal

Make Repairs Sooner Rather Than Later

If you suspect or know that your slate roof has been damaged, it’s best to contact roof repair experts sooner rather than later.

Like all other roofs, slate roofs wear down over time, and sometimes you’ll find damaged or misaligned slate without any explanation of what happened.

If your roof is rife with chipped slate, you may not have to worry about leaks at the moment, but you should still get the chipped slate repaired so your roof looks good overall.

Plus, if chips are left alone, they’ll eventually turn into cracks, which can cause leaks, mold growth, and structural damage.

Ensure the Flashing Is Sound

Checking the flashing is important too. Flashing is usually used around the chimney, vent pipe, ridge, hips, and valleys. The flashing used for slate roofs is usually made of copper or galvanized steel.

Copper flashings last for decades and don’t require much maintenance, whereas galvanized steel flashing lasts 15-20 years and requires more maintenance.

Moreover, copper flashings are easy to repair and replace but turn a brownish green over time.

Check Around the Chimney & Vent Pipe

Making sure the chimney is sound and sealed is important. Check to see if there are any degrading or missing bricks, and ensure the flashing around the chimney is sound. Also, check the cap and flue covers.

Do the same kind of inspection for your vent pipe.

If a rodent or bird has made a nest in your chimney or vent pipe, it must be removed immediately. A pest control service can do this for you.

Don’t Forget the Gutters

The gutters must be aligned and free of debris. Also, there shouldn’t be anything obstructing the downspout. If you don’t clear out the gutters, you could be dealing with ice dams in the winter.

And if your downspout isn’t directing water away from your property as it should, you could have foundation issues later on.

Contact Davis Roofing for Top-Notch Slate Roof Maintenance

Don’t have the time, patience, or skills to do roof maintenance independently? No problem!

Just reach out to Davis Roofing! We’ve been a leading roofing company in the Greater Triad Area of Central North Carolina for years, and we provide a range of roofing services to residential and commercial clients.

Call us at (336) 431-6485 or check out our website to learn more about what we offer!

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