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
All you need to perform slate shingle repair is replacement slate, a pressure cutter, a nail ripper, a drill and copper nails. As you can see, none of these slate repair tools or materials are incredibly expensive so the money that you would pay for the repairs if you call in the professionals can be attributed to labour costs. Just think of how much you could save if you chose to do it yourself.
Everything you need to do to be able to perform slate shingle repair is outlined below in a step by step guide for ease of reference:
1. The first step is to assess the extent of the slate shingle repair that you will need to carry out. If it is just one slate following a storm then it will not take you long but check the tiles around it because there may be damage that the naked eye cannot see from below. When you know the extent of the damage, you are ready to start.
2. Purchase slate shingle to be used for the repairs. Make sure that the dimensions are slightly larger than the tiles already on your roof and, more importantly, check that it is the same colour. When you have it at home, measure the size of the slate shingle repair area and cut the tiles to size with a pressure cutter.
3. When you head up to the roof, move around carefully so as not to damage more tiles. Make sure that you are stable before you begin to undertake the slate shingle repair. Do not attempt to repair roofing materials without the proper safety equipment.
4. Gently insert the nail ripper underneath the tile above the one in need of attention. Slowly lever the damaged slate off the roof from above by inserting the nail ripper under the top of the tile. If it will not budge then you may need to use a hacksaw to cut the nail but apply very deliberate but careful force so as not to cause further damage. This is a must during slate shingle repair.
5. Mark out exactly where the new tile should sit and hold it in place to double check dimensions. It should be a perfect fit for the slate shingle repair to be effective. When you are satisfied that it is a perfect pit, drill two holes in the slate from the underside. A 1/8” drill bit is best if the factory holes were not drilled prior to your purchase.
6. Finally, use two 1 ½” copper nails to complete the slate shingle repair. They will hold the tile on the roof well and make sure that they stay in place. However, do not hit the nails too hard if you want to avoid damaging the new tiles.
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