Slate Roofs

Repairing the roof of your home is an art that most homeowners cannot honestly say that they can do without a helping hand from an expert. In fact, most people call in someone to help when they are missing a few tiles or have to repair a damaged one because they do not feel confident going on the roof to do it.

However, slate shingle repair is by no means a difficult task at all and is one that could save you a lot of money if you decide to do it yourself rather than calling in the professionals. If you want a quick guide to tell you how to carry out slate shingle repair then the one below will tell you everything you need to know.

Step By Step Guide

Slate is almost a perfect roofing material- it is fireproof, mossproof, rust-proof, and never wears out. A well-built slate roof can last hundreds of years.

But installing slate shingles takes skill. For correct repair and installation work on slate roofs you need have special slate roof tools. At the minimum you’ll need a slate hammer and a slate cutter. For removing old slate shingles during repair work, you’ll also want a slate ripper.


The slate hammer is looks sort of like a mountain climber’s ice axe in miniature. The hammer head is used for nailing work and the 6 inch tapered tail for punching nail holes in slate shingles. They’re lightweight, about 14 ounces, since nailing slate must be done carefully.