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Roofing – Repairing a Slate Roof

While it's common knowledge that slate roofs are one of the longest lasting, it does not mean that they are completely maintenance free. Extreme weather conditions such as freezing temperatures can, over time, damage these tiles. This article will outline the necessary steps to follow if you find yourself needing to perform a simple repair.

Materials / Tools
Non-clip shoes
Slate ripper
3-inch hook
Replacement tile

Step 1 – Obtaining the Correct Slate Tile

Prior to performing any repair, it is important to first gather the correct type of tile replacement. These replacement tiles should ideally be able to match the appearance, size and dimensions of the current ones.

Step 2 – The Ripper

A ripper is used in order to remove and cut through nails. Slate tile nails are typically located benefit the existing tile. Slide the ripper underbeath the tile and hook the body or tip of the nail to it. Once the nail is properly hooked, it can be easily removed. Make sure to remove each nail, as most tiles are generally fastened by two.

Step 3 – Slate Hook

This device should be driven into the newly vacant spot. The hook should be placed with equal distance on each side and in the center. Position the hook roughly 3 inches away from the lower edge.

Step 4 – New Slate

When placing a new tile, slide in on top of the hook. The piece should slide easily into place.

Step 5 – Safety Precautions

Try to refrain from making sudden movements. Work slowly and pay attention to your surroundings. Hasty actions cause accidents and additional issues. While personally repairing a roof can save on costs, an injury may end up resulting in a higher bill overall.

Repairing Damaged Bubble Felt

When exposed to UV radiation the bubble felt can blister. Blisters typically occur in the separating areas between the cap sheet and the underlay. Although it is possible to leave the area unchecked, you should make sure to inspect it on a semi-regular basis just to be safe. The presence of blisters can lead to various problems. The ideal solution when dealing with this sort of problem is to cut and reseal the area.

As always, if you find yourself in a situation that you¡¯re unsure of how to deal with, it may be time to call a professional. By doing this, you may end up saving yourself a bit of hassle and money in the long run. Be smart, observant, and do not be afraid to ask for help.