Maintaining an ordinary slate roof

One of the most interesting things about London Properties is the quality of a slate roof. They are an architectural piece of genius because they look beautiful and they’re extremely lightweight. They are also extremely durable and not all that costly either. Overall, slate is a beautiful finish for the price. In this article we are going to go through how the best way you can look at maintaining your slate roof without spending any money and trying to keep costs to a minimum. This will help you keep your slate roof in tip top condition for countless years to come.

Decorative slate roof restoration
Decorative slate roof restoration

Keeping a regular eye on your slate roof.

One of the most important things you can do is get up there on the roof and actually check that your roof is in good condition. The way to do this was with the long ladder in summer. This means almost certainly means that you’ll be able to use the ladder more, or as safely as possible. You also don’t really want to be walking on the roof, you just really want to lean your ladder up against the gutter or fascia board, and just simply take a look and see if you can see any weak spots, or areas where they have deteriorated or there are gaps. If there are not any gaps, then there’s absolutely no need to go on the roof and please don’t do so. You’re more likely to do more harm than good.

Repairing a Slate Roof
Repairing a Slate Roof

If there are issues then it might well be worth contacting a specialist, but if not, if it’s just a simple case of a bit of sealing around the lead flashing, then in that case get yourself the silicone and make sure that you close up all those gaps because the winter rain will really get in there and cause far more problems if you don’t. There’s no better way looking after your slay architecture and doing it will work yourself.

How to fix a leak on a roof.

As I previously touched on here, using a silicone gun is absolutely the way to solve any small leaks. You don’t really need to spend a huge amount, just close up any cracks or gaps. A silicone gun sealant will bond well, and silicon itself will really hold and help to keep the slate in good condition and not move around too. But doesn’t just apply to the fact that it stops water penetrating into the property which could ultimately damage the plaster board on your ceiling and cause all manor of problems and costs that you really could do without. Everything really starts with silicone so get yourself a silicone gun from one of the local shops and the good quality tube of silicone sealer. Don’t try and cut corners here, there’s only a few pounds difference between a good quality tube of sealant and a cheap one. A cheap one might not even be waterproof or design for external use either.

Silicone gun
Silicone gun

The Architecture of your roof is really relying on you to clean

Healthy slate roof are often clean and kept in good condition and don’t have any loose debris or leaves, it could even mean that you’ve cleared all of the moss off the roof as well too. Whilst it looks really nice to have moss, having a clean roof means that you can easily see if there’s any issues with the blade itself and far more maintainable. So don’t be scared, get yourself a good quality broom or brush and try and clean off the slate as best as possible without standing on it. If you’ve got some loose debris or you need to get rid of another great way to do this is with power jet wash. The only thing is his the logistics of holding a jet wash up on the roof. Sometimes it’s much easier to do if you’ve got a cherry picker or some kind of scaffold. This isn’t always possible because of the sheer costs involved with both.

Maintaining an ordinary slate roof
Maintaining an ordinary slate roof

Overall it is relatively easy to maintain a slate roof, you just need to make sure that all of the pointing around the roof that meets the brick wall is in good condition and if there are any gaps that this sealed in with silicone. If you keep this up and you know what you’re doing then there’s no reason that slate roofs won’t give you a minimum of a good 50 years. That’s because they’re so architecturally well-designed that you just know that they’ll just keep on lasting and going on and on. So don’t delay get yourself up on the roof and get your slate roof maintained as fast as possible.

Carole Melendez

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