Slate is one of the most desirable roofing materials, as it can last for over 100 years with the proper care and maintenance. It is also naturally fire-resistant, mold-resistant, and coordinates with a variety of exterior design aesthetics. However, if you don’t take care of problems promptly, your roof can be vulnerable to damage and need replacement or repairs prematurely. How can you maintain your slate roof?

Get It Inspected

Just like we can help with your annual chimney inspection, we can also help with your annual slate roof inspection. The most important maintenance task for your slate roof is regular inspections. We recommend scheduling a professional inspection at least once a year, preferably in the spring or fall. Our trained specialists can identify potential issues such as broken or missing slate, damaged or worn flashing, and any other roofing problems. Early detection of these problems can prevent minor issues from escalating into costly repairs.

Not Delaying Repairs

One of the most common issues we encounter during inspections is broken or cracked pieces of slate. Even a single damaged piece of slate can compromise the integrity of your roof, leading to leaks and water damage. If you notice any damage to your roof after a summer storm, it’s crucial to have it repaired promptly. We can visit your home to determine the scope of the damage and repair it to ensure the integrity of your roofing now and in the future.

Don’t Forget the Flashing

Flashing is the term used to refer to the material used to seal joints and edges on your roof. While it might just seem like a minor part of the roof, it actually plays a critical role in preventing water damage and leaks. Over the years, flashing can deteriorate or become loose, especially around chimneys, vents, and valleys. During our chimney inspections, we thoroughly check the flashing for signs of wear and tear so that we can perform necessary repairs or replacements. When you take care of the flashing of your slate roof, it is much easier to prevent water issues.

Get Your Chimney Inspected Today!

Call Clean Sweep Maryland today at 410-558-1111 for professional chimney sweep, slate roofing, and duct cleaning services designed to keep all your listed properties clean and safe for sellers and buyers. If you are a prospective home buyer or home seller in need of chimney inspection or repairs, we are here to help.