Experts with Lon Smith Roofing can quickly point out that installing a slate roof is a complex and time-consuming process that requires a high level of skill and attention to detail. It’s very important for the roofers you hire to be able to prepare, measure and cut your roofing tiles accurately, and to lay the tiles correctly as part of the slate installation.
Before installation can begin, the roof deck needs to be prepared by ensuring that it is flat, level, and free of any protrusions or obstructions. The process may involve removing the old roofing material, repairing or replacing damaged wood, and installing a layer of underlayment to provide a waterproof barrier.
Each slate tile must be individually measured and cut to fit the roof’s dimensions and shape. This is typically done using a slate cutter or a circular saw with a diamond blade. Slate tiles also come in different thicknesses, sizes, and colors. To ensure a consistent appearance, the tiles must be sorted and graded based on their thickness and size, the applied to the roof accordingly.
Tiles are installed starting at the bottom of the roof and working upward. Each tile is typically nailed into place using copper or stainless-steel nails, which are rust-resistant and won’t corrode over time. The tiles are overlapped and interlocked to create a watertight seal.
Once your slate tiles are in place, the ridge and hip tiles are installed to provide a decorative finish and protect against water infiltration. Flashing is then installed around chimneys, skylights, and other penetrations to prevent any leaks.