Slate roof installation is a complex process that requires precision and expertise. Here are eight common mistakes to avoid during the process:
- Incorrect Assessment of the Roof Structure:
Slate is considerably heavier than other roofing materials. Failing to assess whether the existing roof structure can support this weight is a common mistake. Always have a professional evaluate the structure’s strength before installing a slate roof.
- Not Using a Suitable Underlayment:
An underlayment serves as an additional barrier against moisture. Always use a high-quality, water-resistant underlayment when installing a slate roof.
- Improper Nailing:
Slate tiles should not be nailed down too tightly. They need to hang slightly loose to accommodate natural expansion and contraction due to temperature changes.
- Incorrect Overlap:
Each slate tile should overlap the one below it by at least three inches. Insufficient overlap is a common mistake that can lead to significant leaks.
- Neglecting Flashing:
Proper flashing installation is critical in preventing leaks around roof penetrations and intersections. Use durable materials such as copper or stainless steel for longevity.
- Not Accounting for Roof Pitch:
The angle or pitch of your roof affects how well water is shed. Slate roofs should have a minimum pitch of 20 degrees to ensure water drains effectively.
- Inadequate Training:
Slate roof installation requires specific techniques and tools. Installation by untrained individuals often leads to problems down the line.
- Rushing the Installation Process:
Rushing through the installation process can lead to oversights and errors. Patience and attention to detail are crucial when installing a slate roof.
At Kiwi Roof Masters, we understand the intricacies of installing a slate roof. Our team of trained professionals ensures a meticulous roof installation process, avoiding these common pitfalls to provide you with a durable and beautiful roof. Contact us today for your slate and metal roofing needs.