Slate Roof Fife and Edinburgh
A slate roof can last in excess of 100 years, making it one of the most durable types of roof systems you can install on your home or building.
Maintenance and timely repairs are key to making the most of a slate roof however, and a broken slate can often lead to internal moisture very quickly (especially on older properties). Nail sickness is caused when poor quality nails have been used to fix slates to the roof. Over time, the nails begin to corrode causing slates to slip from the roof through vibrations, high winds or storm damage.
The correct method of replacing slates on an existing roof, is to use lead or copper clips. The nails that secure each slate to its timber batten are hidden beneath the slates in the course above, and it is not possible to lift these in order to hammer-in fresh nails. So a narrow lead or copper strip is nailed to the batten; the slate is slid into place; and the end of the strip is bent up under the bottom edge of the slate to hold it in place.
While re-constructing, we highly recommend using a copper slate nail to fix slates to the roof. We can form traditional lead valleys, fit zinc ridges or fit any required lead work.
If you have a slate roof in need of repair, please give us a call or fill in our contact form now.
Slate Roof Repair Fife and Edinburgh
Slate roofs are more expensive than tiled roofs however they do last longer so when it comes to deciding what option is best for you, we would recommend that you consider the life span of your roof.
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