Maintaining slate roofing

| by Vicki Frye
Maintaining slate roofing

Historic slate roofing is beautiful and a well-maintained slate roof can last for many years.

Here are some simple maintenance tips that can help a homeowner extend the life of their roof and keep it looking as beautiful as the day it was installed.

Fix broken pieces immediately. Chips are minor but if slates are missing or badly damaged, it is best to quickly replace them before water is allowed to seep into the home and cause leaking.

Check the flashing. If a homeowner isn’t sure what flashing is, most professionals can show you. But in simple terms, flashing is the metal around the base of a chimney or any piping that extends from the roof.  Maintaining the flashing is integral to preventing water intrusion.

Make sure your gutters and drainpipes are in good working order to prevent water from backing up under the eaves and getting into the walls of your home. Gutters are made to move water away from a home, so most leaks near walls and in the basement can be attributed to gutter issues.

Last but not least, pay for a yearly inspection. Your roof is a big investment in the security and safety of your home. Having it checked regularly will allow for little issues to be addressed quickly before they become bigger issues.

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Topics: Roofing

Vicki Frye
Vicki Frye is the director of Corporate Marketing Communications at Ply Gem, North America’s leading exterior building products manufacturer. From performance siding & accessories to energy efficient windows & patio doors, durable engineered roofing and more, Ply Gem offers low maintenance home exterior design solutions that enhance curb appeal while also increasing energy efficiency. www

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