Inspecting the Condition of a Slate Roof

A well-maintained and structurally-sound roof is vital for maintaining a warm and energy efficient home. Over the course of winter it’s possible for tiles on an old slate roof to become cracked or even detached during the harsh conditions.  It’s important that you check your roof regularly to avoid any potential leaks and ceiling damage in the future. Here’s how you do it:

The first thing you should do is conduct an inspection from the roof space inside your home. If the inside of your roof is unlined, head to attic and check the timbers for any signs of water staining. You should also look out for any sources of daylight shining through cracks in your roof. These indoor checks will give you an idea of where your roof will need repair.

Before you head up to the roof outside, take a step back from the house and inspect the slate tiles from ground level. It is a lot easier to spot areas where the roof has become unaligned or disjointed. If you see any slate tiles that have become powdery, this is a sign that they have outlived their intended use and may need replacing.

Only head onto the roof yourself if it is safe and you’re 100 per cent confident in doing so. You can hire the services of a professional by visiting the National Federation of Roofing Contractors. It’s recommended that you go for an accredited installer who has passed an industry or government audit.

If it’s a simple job that you feel you can undertake yourself, you can purchase the necessary tools and replacement roof slates from Ashbrook Roofing. There is a variety of different colours and sizes available, so make sure you pick one that matches your roof. If you’re thinking about completely re-modelling your house, you should also read our guide to choosing the best colour for your roof.

For advice on making these repairs yourself, this YouTube video will take you through the step-by-step process.