Slate is a gorgeous roofing material. Each stone has its own blend of colors, so when you make a slate roof, it will be a one-of-a-kind. As a natural stone, slate is also highly resistant to wind and hail damage. On the other hand, slate can break under an assault of falling limbs. If you know what you are doing, you should be able to make repairs on your own.
Accessing Your Roof
Depending on the thickness of the slate you use, it will be prone to cracking. While thicker shingles will be less likely to break, you will want to place your feet at the bottom of the shingles where the top shingle rests firmly on the shingle from the row below. If you step in the middle of the shingle, there will be a gap beneath the shingle, and the pressure of your footfall can lead to breaking. When you kneel down to work on your roof, you may want to place a piece of wood down because the wood will help to distribute your weight over a greater area.
To replace a damaged shingle, you will want to break the damaged shingle, get rid of all the broken pieces, then fill the nail hole with roofing cement. Once you have prepared the space for the new shingle, you will place your slate hook. A slate hook is a piece of metal that looks like a number 5. To install the slate hook, you will position it in the middle of the space your new shingle will occupy and make sure that the curved end of the hook hangs below the shingles in the same row by about an eighth of an inch. You then hammer the flat section of the hook into your roof. You can then slide the new shingle into position, making sure that the bottom of edge of the shingle fits securely into the curved bottom of the hook.
As you can see, there is not a whole lot to replacing a damaged piece of slate. As long as you are comfortable walking on your roof and can do so without damaging any other shingles, you can replace your a damaged shingle with nothing more than a hammer and a slate hook. On the other hand, if you doubt your ability to make repairs without hurting your roof or yourself, you should call in the professionals to make repairs for you. To learn more, contact a roofing contractor or company like Davis & Winslow Roofing.