Slate roofs are incredibly durable and boast numerous benefits for your home, such as offering natural fire resistance and low water absorption capacity. With proper installation and maintenance, slate roofs can last for up to 100 years and provide a timeless appearance throughout their lifespans.
However, when a slate roof does begin to deteriorate, it can be challenging to know whether a repair or replacement is the best course of action. Some roofing problems are easy to repair with the right tools and expertise. However, other times, a total roof replacement may make the most sense.
If you’re wondering whether you need a slate roof repair or replacement, read ahead. Then, contact Maycon Construction Services to learn more about our slate roof services.
Types of Slate Roof Damage
Not all types of slate roof damage warrant a replacement or even repair job. Here is some more information about the two most common types of slate roof damage: natural wear and tear and storm damage.
Natural Wear and Tear
Even though slate is one of the longest-lasting roofing materials, it does deteriorate over time. Your slate roof system may begin to show signs of wear and tear after 80 or 90 years on your home.
Wear and tear may look like:
- Soft, crumbling roof tiles
- Loose or cracked flashings
- Surface delamination
Wear and tear typically only worsen with time and eventually necessitates a complete roof replacement. If you notice any of the above signs of natural slate damage, we recommend calling our team to perform a roof inspection.
Intense storms can also damage slate roofs. If your region has experienced a heavy storm recently, you may notice the following signs of damage on your slate roof:
- Cracked or broken tiles
- Loose or missing tiles
- Tiles on the ground around your property
- Missing layers on slate tiles
- Small discolored areas where hail or ice struck the slate
These issues typically require a repair or replacement to rectify. Scheduling a professional inspection with a roofing contractor is the best way to determine an appropriate course of action to fix roof storm damage.
Common Slate Roof Repairs
If your slate roof damage is relatively minor or confined to a small region, a contractor will probably be able to repair it without needing to replace the entire roof. Our contractors regularly perform the following repairs on slate roofs:
- Replacing loose, broken, or missing tiles
- Repairing or replacing roof flashings
- Painting flashings to minimize rust
The above repairs are easy to complete and can save you the cost of an entire slate roof replacement.
Signs You Need a Slate Roof Replacement
Slate gradually deteriorates over time. Once it reaches the end of its lifespan, it typically feels brittle and soft, allowing it to absorb moisture and produce mold and mildew. Old, deteriorating slate tiles also make a dull sound when you tap on them rather than a resonant sound.
Once your slate tiles reach this state of deterioration, it’s best to replace the entire roof rather than attempting to replace the tiles. Replacing a few tiles here and there is only a temporary fix that can leave your roof vulnerable to leaks, creating more expenses on top of an eventual replacement.
You may also need to replace your slate roof if you notice damaged tiles throughout the roof rather than in a specific area. It can sometimes be challenging to replace individual tiles without breaking the tiles around them. If more than 10% of your slate roof tiles are damaged, it may make the most sense to replace the entire roof.
Contact Us Today
The best way to determine whether you need a slate roof repair or replacement is to schedule an inspection with a professional roofing contractor.
At Maycon Construction Services, we regularly perform thorough slate roof inspections that allow our customers to feel confident in their roofs’ integrity and durability. You can trust our team to recommend the best slate roof service and only suggest a replacement when we have exhausted all repair options.
Our licensed contractors offer roof repair, replacement, and installation services throughout Huntington, WV, and the tri-state area. Contact our Maycon Construction Services team today at (304) 208-8978 to schedule your slate roof inspection.