Three Main Slate Roof Installation Mistakes that You Should Avoid

21 November 2019

Slate roofs are popularly known for its durability and cost. Although it uses much more expensive roofing materials, slate roof tiles are proven to last for over 75 years. However, there are certain instances wherein their durability and aesthetic value are compromised. This normally happens when there is a mistake in its installation. Below are some of its examples.

Incorrect Flashing Installation

It is important that your roof flashing be installed the right way. For those who do not know, roof flashing is a thin material usually made of galvanized steel. They are commonly used by professional roofers to direct water away from critical areas of the roof. Flashing is often installed to surround roof features including chimneys and skylights. Failure to install the roof flashing correctly can lead to water leaks and damaged slates since it is possible that the water would drip between the wall and the roof, making its way inside the home. If further neglected, incorrect flashing installation could lead the wood to rot and even the deck to collapse.

Improper Slate Roof Repair

Slate roofs, like pretty much everything, are susceptible to damage over time. They can break, crack, and wear out with continuous usage. One of the most common factors that contribute to its damage is the extreme weather conditions. The harsh climate in areas such as Australia can lead to a more damaged slate roof as compared to those with mild climate conditions.

That is why it is important to have a regular slate roof assessment and repair. Similarly, the slate roof repair and replacement must be done professionally to avoid further damages and cracks on other slates. A small crack can cause further water damage to your house.

Colour Mismatch

Once you decide on installing your slate roof, you may find it overwhelming to choose the right colour due to the variety of colour palettes. Since slate is a natural roof material, there might be minor inconsistencies in its colour. There are even instances wherein suppliers would offer you different types of slate roofs for a cheaper price.

You can easily resolve this by consulting your roofing contractor regarding your slate roof needs and preferences. It is important to discuss with them your choice of slate roof type, colour variations and properties so you won’t end up with a mismatched and low-quality product. Aside from that, you also have to make sure that they perform their end of the deal. Check the products as soon as you receive them and do not hesitate to inquire on the installation updates especially if there are questionable details.

We at BuildCor Building Solutions have an extensive slate roofing work that consists of all types of roofing slate. We import the best quality Spanish Slate available and visit the regions regularly to ensure that we are providing the best quality products to our clients here in Australia. Our builders continue to engage our services knowing that our quality and workmanship is second to none.