Slate roofs are known for their natural beauty, durability and long lifespan. When properly installed and maintained, this roofing material can last for at least a century. However, some homeowners start experiencing problems with their slate roofing system after just a few decades.
Slate roofing offers excellent protection against moisture until it develops cracks. The most common reason slate tiles crack is due to foot traffic. Professionals would know they shouldn’t walk on this material due to the risk of accidentally breaking it. Skilled roofers usually use a system of ladder jacks and hook ladders to let them hover over the roof as they work.
When you hire someone to repair the roof, and the contractor walks directly on the tiles, that’s when you’ll start experiencing problems. That’s why you should always hire a skilled roofer to do this job.
Using the Wrong Nails and Flashing
The most vulnerable part of a slate roof is the metal flashing around penetrations like chimneys and vents. When you choose a less durable material for these fixtures, you won’t have to wait long until your roof starts leaking. It’s the same for roofing nails, which are another common reason for early slate roof failure. Poor-quality nails will deteriorate faster than the roofing material, causing the tiles to get loose from the roof.
For reliable home exterior solutions, choose Innovative Roofing & Siding, Inc. We specialize in roof replacement, repair and maintenance. Call us at (865) 688-2888, or fill out our contact form to get a free estimate. We serve clients in Knoxville and the surrounding areas.