If you have been looking for a more attractive material to use for the roof of your home, your choice of slate materials also means special maintenance will be needed. Over the years, you should expect that your roof will also need some small repairs. Doing maintenance like replacing loose tiles and cleaning the roof will help to reduce the repairs and give you more life from your slate tiles. Here are some maintenance and repair tips for slate roofs to ensure your new roof lasts for many years to come:
1. Reduce Wear and Damage by Keeping the Roof Clean and Free of Fungus
The wear of slates may be caused by many different problems, but fungus is a serious problem with any type of roofing material. It is important to keep the slate tiles on your roof clean to avoid problems that can cause leaks and damage to your home. If you have a lot of shade around your home, you may want to consider adding zinc strips to the roof, which will help to prevent moss and lichen from growing on the tiles. Cleaning the tiles will also help you spot and damage and do repairs before it starts to spread.
2. Check for Tiles That Need to Be Repaired or Replaced to Avoid Spreading Damage
Over time, the tiles on your roof may come loose due to various reasons. Most often, the loose tiles are only one or two and can be put back in place with simple repairs. Sometimes it may be a tile that has been damaged and needs to be replaced. Make sure that you repair loose tiles when you notice them to prevent them from causing problems with the adjacent tiles. The damage of neglected loose tiles can quickly spread and cause costly repairs.
3. Repair Damage Caused by Wind and Storms
Wind and storm damage is something that you will want to keep an eye out for with slate tile roofing. Sometimes, high winds may cause tiles to become loose or damaged and repairs to your roof will be needed. In addition, problems from hail damage can cause problems with slate materials that require repairs.
These are some maintenance tips to help with the maintaining of your slate tiles, to ensure your new roof lasts. Contact a slate roofing contractor like Three Rivers Roofing to help with the installation and repairs to give your home the look of attractive stone roofing.
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