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Colorado Springs Roofing: Article About Maintaining Slate Roofs

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Stone has been used as a roofing material for hundreds of years. Despite this, not all roofers are experienced at working with it. One reason for this is many homeowners don't seek out professionals to care for their slate roofs. Of course, it's not the homeowners' fault. Many of them have been told that slate roofing lasts for over 100 years and is practically maintenance-free. However, slate roofing can only reach its full potential by hiring Colorado Springs roofing experts to maintain it correctly.

Just like any other roofing material, slate roofs require bi-annual checkups. Professionals should be hired twice a year to do general maintenance on the roofs, including looking for broken, cracked or missing roofing material. A popular time to hire roofing experts to do this is during the spring and fall when debris can be a problem for homeowners. The buildup of debris on the roofs can lead to leaks and a quicker breakdown of the slate.

When looking for a professional to hire, it's important to ensure that they have experience working with slate roofs. One of the biggest problems that homeowners have is inappropriate repairs being made. Contractors who are unacquainted with slate tend to use black tar to repair leaks.

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While this stops the leak for a while, it's an unsightly fix. They are simply placing a Band-Aid over the real problem, which could have easily been fixed by trained professionals who understand slate roofs.

Despite slate being one of the most durable roofing materials on the planet, any roof is only as good as its weakest link. For a slate roof, the weakest link is not the slate but the flashing, which is a strip of metal that covers transitions in a roof. Flashing is usually made from lead, galvanized steel, iron or copper, but it starts to break down over time. While it's common for flashing to outlast most roofing materials, the same cannot be said about slate. Flashing on a slate roof is likely to need replacing before the slate.

Differentiating between needing to replace a few broken or chipped slate shingles or tiles and needing to replace the whole roof can be complicated. Most roofing professionals say that a new roof needs to be installed when 20 to 30 percent of the slate needs to be replaced. This is because the rest of the pieces of slate are sure to need replacing soon. When a roof is replaced with new material, the roofing deck should also be checked for damage. Oftentimes, leaks will cause the roofing deck to rot.

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