How To Spot Problems With Your Slate Roof
There is no doubt that slate is one of the most durable roofing materials you will come across. You will see examples of slate roofs dating back more than 100 years in some cases. Unfortunately as will all building materials, there will inevitably come a point where repairs or replacement is needed.
Issues with slate roofs will usually be seen in older properties where slates have been exposed to the elements over several decades. Even in these cases, however, it is unlikely you will end up with a bill for replacing and entire roof. A leak might just mean you have a few broken tiles or the problem may simply be a cosmetic one where tiles are out of place.
The most common issues encountered by homeowners with slate roofs are damage to slate tiles or flashings. The latter can result in water seeping in through the roof and should be repaired sooner rather than later to avoid further damage to a property.
The easiest way to spot any issues with your roof is to have a look in your attic. If you can see daylight coming in where the roof should be covered there is obviously a problem. It is also easy to spot broken tiles with an external inspection of a property which will often reveal a missing tile or you may see evidence of broken tiles on the ground near a property.
Replacing those broken slate tiles won’t cost the earth if you buy reclaimed.