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Slate Roof Repairs in Sydney – The 100 Year Roof

The granddaddy of all roofing materials is slate! These are considered to be 100-year roofs and will definitely live up to their reputation. If you properly install and maintain slate as your roofing material you can expect a life of somewhere between 75 and 200 years.

These amazing roofs are not, however, completely immune to damage and deterioration through the years. It is vital that you have your roof professionally inspected once per year to see if you need any slate roof repairs. Only use a contractor who has experience and knowledge about this type of material.

If you notice a leak in your home and think you may need some slate roof repairs, the first step is to have a look at the actual surface. Without the need to climb on a ladder you can survey the roof surfaces for any irregularities. If there are missing or broken slates then these will need replacing.

If the leak seems to originate around a pipe, vent, chimney, or another penetrating element, you will need someone to inspect the area more closely. You are best advised not to try this yourself. The surface of the slate is by its very nature unstable for walking. And if repairs are necessary, you will not want to attempt this by yourself either.

One trick of the trade for determining if you need any slate roof repairs is to check the attic for dust. Yes, attics are covered with all manner of tiny particles. For this test, you need to determine if what you are seeing is slate dust. This is a definite sign of deterioration as is the presence of flaking on the outer surfaces, which can end up on the ground around the edges of the house or in the gutters.