Now that you’ve made the hard decision and selected the right roofing material for your family’s home, it’s time to learn the right way to maintain your new slate roof! Your investment was probably quite large, so taking excellent care of your slate roof will ensure that it lasts for your lifetime and beyond.
As part of your seasonal outdoor maintenance, you almost definitely spend a good deal of time working on landscaping and all of the ground level things at your home. It’s easy to forget about the things higher up when you are stuck on the ground! Remember to inspect your slate roof at least once a year, preferably in the fall so that your roof will be in good shape before it has to bear the weight of inches of snow in the winter. When you are examining your slate roof, avoid having too much foot traffic on top. The best way to conduct your check-up is with a ladder hooked onto the edge of the roof so that your weight is spread as evenly as possible. If you need to get on your slate roof, walk in the middle and use shoes with soft non-marking soles.
Throughout the year, you should keep your eyes (and ears) peeled for any leaks in your natural or synthetic slate roof. Take care of leaks as soon as you notice them, as a small leak today can turn into a huge, roof-ruining problem tomorrow. The leak may actually be caused by the flashing instead of the slate roof, as the flashing and guttering are the weakest points in a slate roof. If the damage is from the slate itself, replace any cracked or broken tiles right away so that your attic and home do not have any severe damage.
Work in the Fall to Avoid Working in the Winter
When you complete your autumnal roof check before the snow falls, ensure that you get any and all debris or plant matter off of the roof. If you don’t take care of this task now, ice may form on your slate roof during the chillier months in Maryland and cause premature cracking on the tiles. When ice melts in the winter sun and then refreezes at another spot on the roof, it can also create ice dams that will not allow natural run-off. If you routinely have a problem with this, even after ensuring no debris is left on the roof, you may want to consider installing a heating cable along the gutter and waves to help prevent ice dams from forming.
We Know How to Keep Your Slate Looking Great
Whether you are looking at getting a brand new slate roof installed or maintaining your current one, talk to one of our experts at Chandler Remodeling about our slate services. With our excellent installation, it’ll be the best investment you’ve made in your home. Contact us online, by calling 410-628-2214, or email us for a free estimate and assessment of your needs. All of our work is backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. We look forward to meeting your remodeling needs for years to come! To see examples of our work and get information on specials, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and Houzz.