With fall around the corner, now is the time of the year to assess the condition of your roofing structure, before rain, snow and winds of the winter months move in. If your home is protected by composite slate roofing, you’re already better off than an average homeowner. Synthetic slate roof is durable, requires little maintenance and, with proper care, can last a lifetime.
Composite Slate Roofing Inspection & Maintenance
Most everyone in the roofing business agrees that all roofs, and especially older roofs, should be inspected annually. Uncovering & dealing with small problems now will save you the trouble of costly repairs, or even replacement, down the road.
When handling your slate roofing inspection, a contractor will look for:
- cracked, shifted & out of place tiles
- tiles that may have expanded or warped from the heat
- any damage to flashings & valleys
- any evidence of roof leaks (interior and exterior check)
- any gutter & downspout damage
When problems are uncovered, your roofing contractor will most likely be able to offer you a repair estimate on the spot. Make sure to handle all repairs right away – your roofing system will be compromised otherwise and may not withstand the harsh winter conditions.
Keeping your roof in top-notch condition is in your best interest year around. Don’t forget about safety, however, when working on your roof.
Slate roofs tend to be smooth and don’t have the coarse surface that helps you maintain your footing. Stay off the roof is possible – too much foot traffic on your roof can do more harm than good. Additionally use a ladder safely hooked onto the roof edge for the best way to carry out a full and detailed inspection as this will help to spread your weight.
Roofing maintenance is a critical part of a healthy roof system and should be taken seriously. Luckily, with composite slate roofing, your maintenance work will be minimal & straight forward.