There are few, if any, roofs more durable than slate. Metal may come close, but it still depends on your area’s metal roofing cost to value ratio. Across the nation, however, slate still tops the list. Its three-decade life span, even over a century when well-maintained, is always an attractive feature and a subject of interest.
That said, you still need to care for it if you want to enjoy it even in your old age. In today’s post, WaynCo Roofing, LLC, your trusted roofing contractor in the area, shares a few tips to do so.
Set a Regular Inspection Schedule
First things first—regular inspection and checkup should be on your to-do list. In general, you’d want to do this twice a year, in spring and fall. If time doesn’t permit, however, make sure that you at least have your roof checked once a year; spring inspection would be best.
If your area has experienced irregular weather, the next annual checkup won’t wait. Schedule for roof repair, even roof replacement, as soon as the skies are clear.
Leaks Are Urgent Issues
Slate should be naturally impervious to water, so when leaks happen, you’d know that something is terribly wrong up there. Leaks are concerning when it happens on ordinary roofs like asphalt; how much more for slate?
Fortunately, you can quickly spot leaks by examining flashing. These are thin strips, usually made of metal, that seal gaps in the roofing plane. These include areas around the vent, valleys, or where planes of the roof surface meet or intersect. Worn flashing needs to be replaced right away.
Clean Your Roof
Finally, this is probably the most sensible. You shouldn’t leave organic matter to rot on your roof, which includes leaves and twigs. These kinds of detritus may contribute to the natural wear and tear of your slate roof, especially if they scratch the roof’s protective surface. Plus, a clean, spotless roof is always an eyebleach.
People in our area trust WaynCo Roofing, LLC for all roofing-related projects, even a roof insurance claim. Experience the difference by calling us today at (704) 814-9566. You can also fill out our contact form to learn more.