Slate roofs are renowned for their durability and longevity. However, improper care can significantly shorten their lifespan. Here are five common mistakes you should avoid when caring for your slate roof:
- Walking on the Slate Tiles:
Walking directly on the slate tiles can cause them to crack or break. If roof access is necessary, hire a professional who knows how to navigate a slate roof without causing damage.
- Using High-Pressure Water:
While cleaning a slate roof is essential, using high-pressure water can dislodge or damage the tiles. It’s better to use a soft wash method, which effectively cleans without the risk of damage.
- Neglecting Regular Inspections:
Skipping regular roof inspections can lead to small issues becoming major problems. Inspect your roof regularly for any signs of damage, such as broken or missing tiles, and make necessary repairs promptly.
- Improper Repairs:
Using improper materials or techniques can cause more harm than good. Always ensure that any repairs are carried out by a professional who understands the specific needs of a slate roof.
- Ignoring the Gutters:
Blocked or damaged gutters can lead to water backflow, which can damage the roof structure over time. Ensure your gutters are clean and functional to maintain the integrity of your slate roof.
Preserving the beauty and longevity of a slate roof requires expertise and a gentle hand. At Kiwi Roof Masters, our experienced professionals can provide the care your wood shingle roof and slate roof needs while avoiding these common mistakes. Contact us today to schedule your roof maintenance.