To maintain your slate roof, you should schedule a professional roof inspection twice a year. Slate is a highly specialized niche in the roofing industry, so make sure you select a roofing contractor with lots of slate roofing experience. At Kirberg Company, for instance, we’ve performed slate roof maintenance and repair throughout our 100-year history, so you can trust us to inspect your roof properly.
A slate roof inspection involves your inspector first examining the building’s interior and the roof decking for signs of leaks and water damage. Then they examine the roof itself and determine how many slate panels are cracked or broken as well as whether the roof’s fastenings, flashing, substrate, and penetrations are in good condition. They also make sure there’s no dirt and debris built up on your roof.
Once your inspector assesses your roof’s current condition, they can begin performing maintenance tasks. These tasks include replacing broken or cracked slate panels, painting and sealing the flashings if necessary, and sealing any exposed fasteners. These minor slate roof repairs help extend your roof’s lifespan and keep your entire building in good condition.