Slate roofing is known for it’s truly exceptional and nearly unmatached durability. It is capable of lasting over a century with proper maintenance and care, which makes it arguably the best roofing option on the market. It is also a beautiful option, helping to boost your home’s curb appeal and resale value, making it a material that provides numerous benefits for your home. If your home has a slate roof that you’re fearing is nearing the end of it’s lifespan but you’re not quite sure how to tell, our team has put together a list of the signs your slate roof is in need of replacing. Take a look below to learn more!
Rot or Moisture Damage
The first sign that your roof will need to be replaced is moisture damage. The easiest way to identify this is to take a look inside your attic for signs of rot. Slate roofing is heavy, and if your roof deck is rotting, it will need to be replaced for the health of your home.
An issue that can plague any style of roofing is rusting flashing. Installed in the valleys of your roof, flashing is used to protect the most vulnerable areas of your roof. However, because it protects your roof from water damage, it is constantly suscepted to it, causing rust over time. If you find rust on your flashing, you’ll want to replace it as soon as possible in order to keep your home protected from inclement weather.
While slate roofing is incredibly durable, it is also susceptible to damage just like any other roofinng material. When your shingles are exposed to blunt force damage, they can often break because slate can be brittle. You’ll need to replace any shingles that have been broken, as they will expose your roof to further damage.
While you’re looking for shingle damage you’ll also want to assess whether your roofing system is damaged. Is the shingle damage localized to a particular portion of your roof? Perhaps your roof has structural damage below the surface. Have a roofing professional come and assess the roofing system!
How Extensive Is The Damage
To determine whether the whole roof needs to be replaced, you’ll want to assess how extensive the roofing damage is. If the damage is only to a few shingles in a specific area of the roof that was damaged, you can very likely replace the shingles and get plenty of additional time from the roof. However, if the damage is spread out across the roof in no particular pattern, it simply means that the shingles are aging out and the roof will need to be replaced sooner than later.
Contact Us Today
Interested in learning more about our team’s slate roofing installation services? Our team at Rhode Island Slate Roofing is ready to assist! You can contact us today by calling us at (401) 255-2003 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your slate roof replacement needs!