The Basics of Slate Roof Installation

Among the wide array of residential roofing options, slate ranks as one of the most expensive materials. While not the first choice for those on a budget, slate remains one of the go-to choices for homeowners who want an elegant yet durable roof. Slate can be tricky to work with, so it’s in your best interest to work with a contractor that specializes in slate roof installation.

In this blog post, All American Roofing shares what you need to know if you’re considering slate roofing for your home.

Where Slate Comes From

The quality of slate differs, depending on which quarry the material came from. Some quarries even have warranties for the slate they procure. The best kinds of slate can quite literally last for centuries. In any case, know that you can hold the manufacturer and installer accountable should your slate roofing fall short of expectations.

Proper Installation

Installing slate roofing requires special considerations. The proper measurements for headlap and sidelap should be strictly observed and followed. Otherwise, you risk leaving your roof vulnerable to water damage. Your contractor should know that each slate should overlap by at least three inches on the sides and at least three inches on top (depending on the roof pitch). Slate near the eaves should have a headlap of at least five inches to prevent ice dams from forming.

Appropriate Hardware

Bear in mind that slate is heavy and can outlive even the house itself, so choose sheathing that can last just as long as the roof. Another thing to consider is flashing material. Copper is ideal, but coated stainless steel works just as fine. Never install two types of metals together to avoid corrosion. Lastly, the nails should also be copper, stainless steel or hot-dipped galvanized steel. Nail length has to be correct as well.

It’s good to remember that a slate roof can be one of the best investments you’ll ever make for your home, if you know how to maximize its longevity. This being said, it’s important to only work with a contractor that knows how to handle slate as a roofing option.

Looking for a roofer? All American Roofing offers reliable roofing services. We are also a roof insurance claims specialist. We serve OKC, Edmond, Norman and other areas in OK. Call us today at (918) 583-0100 to schedule a service appointment. You can also fill out this form to request a free consultation.