Slate roofing makes a classy statement and is one of the world’s most durable materials to top homes, commercial and industrial buildings. When correctly installed, slate roofs don’t typically require much maintenance beyond inspections, minor repairs, and routine professional roof cleaning services.
A slate roof can last anywhere from five decades to over a hundred years with proper installation, maintenance, and care. However, slate roof longevity can also be affected by factors such as fabrication, the mineral and physical properties of the material, geographical location, and proper installation.
The Importance of Slate Roof Maintenance
Maintenance for slate roofing can be a tricky chore that is best left to experienced professionals. Maintenance servicing includes gutter cleaning, inspections for damaged areas, and cleaning about three times annually. Slate roofs are delicate, and repairs can be costly, but quick action is vital to preservation and longevity.
Slate Roof Cleaning and Inspections
A general visual inspection should be performed during cleanings and by owners using binoculars and a ladder after severe storms. An inspection by a professional should be performed every five years. That being said, more frequent inspections may be necessary if severe storm seasons or excessive seasonal temperatures are common.
Experienced roofing inspectors will take a close look at the slate shingles for any signs of missing, cracked, misaligned or broken components. They will look for signs of flashing failures and will also look for clogged or damaged gutters or downspouts.
Why Hiring a Professional for Roof Cleaning is Recommended
Routine slate roof cleanings are critical for maintaining the integrity of the slate and the home’s structure and interiors. Slate is very porous and can absorb water easily, leading to the development of moss, lichen, mold, and other debris. Leaving these unsightly invaders on the roofing can lead to splits and cracks during cold weather seasons.
Not only do most slate roofs have a steeper pitch and more angles and eaves than other types, but the cleaning process also is more tedious and can be dangerous. Unless special chemicals and a delicate process are used, damage can result and discolor the surfaces. Utilizing a professional roof cleaning crew can ensure success, safety, and solid results.
The Proper Way to Clean Slate Roofing
The average homeowner doesn’t have much experience with slate roofing materials leading many to attempt a DIY job. They often try to clean their roof with chemicals such as bleach or ammonia to remove grime. However, harsh chemicals can damage the slate roof’s copper components. Attempting to pressure wash the installation can result in water driving under slats or breakage. Professional soft washing crews have the right tools and understand proper methods for slate roof cleaning projects.
Techniques Pros Employ to Clean Slate Roofs
Occasionally, professional cleaners like those at the Squeegee Squad can use an ultra-light pressure washing method on slate roofing materials; most often, a soft washing process is employed. Safe for all roofs, soft washing can effectively remove years of accumulated debris and growth from slate roof installations.
Squeegee Squad uses methods that allow cleanings to take place predominantly from a ladder, preventing walk-on damage to the slate roof. We can even clean gutters and downspouts during the appointment. Results are immediately visible, and most average-sized slate roof cleaning projects take a day or less.
Call the Slate Roof Cleaning Professionals
Here at Squeegee Squad, we offer an array of services designed to keep your home’s exteriors tidy and in good order. Whether you have slate shingles, tiles, asphalt, or any other type of residential roofing installation, we have the skills and equipment to refresh its appearance. We also provide pressure washing services, gutter cleaning, and much more! Find your nearest Squeegee Squad location and schedule an estimate.