Lifestyle Roofing of Oklahoma City
Slate Roofing Tiles
Slate Roofing Tiles are material that is found in nature and can create an extensive range of colorful properties and exterior surface textures. Most are smooth by touch so that they will lay flat and not create any inconsistent raises in the roof surface.
Uneven tiles will result in breaking of that tile or the tiles around the tile in question. Slate tiles have an amazing life expectancy of around 75-100 years and weather even better than Impact Resistant shingles. Slate roofing tiles are a lifelong material that won’t catch fire or need any type of coating to protect the surface. These tile shingles require no cleaning and usually offer the homeowner a lower premium on their insurance policy. A few wonderful qualities these slate roofing tiles have are low maintenance expenses, and a high resale value when you go to sell. Some types of slate material have a larger permeability than other types and can ultimately start to chip due to the freezing and thawing phases. The grade and appearances of many slate roofing tiles vary significantly between the different excavation sources the manufacturers use. The surface of the slate shingle should be smooth and not have any curves both front and back. The bend can’t surpass ¼ of an inch and it comes in tiles 16 to 24 inches long with a variety of natural colors.
Bad Application would either compromise your waterproofing of the roof and warranty of the product. The roofers sometimes nail the copper nails too far into the roof that would cause the tiles to stick up a little. Once that tile is walked on the tile will break at the nailing end and must be replaced. If the nails are not nailed in far enough then they will stick up, and the tile over that nail will break as well. Some roofers will use regular roofing nails that end up rusting over time and start to break off while ruining your tiles. Copper nails are required when installing slate tiles, because copper nails will not rust over time and the life expectancy is equal to the tiles they are holding. If the copper nails that are being used don’t have a large enough head, then the tiles can slip off during a storm and cause a leak. Another problem some customers run into is the tile will outlast the flashing around the tiles. The flashing must be replaced over time due to the corrosive nature of our environment. Water that flows over the flashing and ice that sticks to the flashing year after year will break down the material and cause a small hole that will eventually cause a leak.
Something that rarely occurs to slate roofs is failure due to the breaking down and deteriorating of the slate. If the bulk of the slates are breaking down or disintegrating because of the environment, then it’s impossible to save the roof.