Cracked or loose slate can be repaired by yourself, so long as you have the tools and skill to do so. Most people find that repairing cracked or loose slate tends to be a bigger job than they can handle by themselves, though, which is when a roofer should be called.
Time is of the essence with cracked or loose slate!
If you have cracked or loose slate it’s important that you get it repaired as soon as you can otherwise the elements will get in. This could cause long-term or irreversible damage to your property. The good news though is that if caught early, cracked or loose slate can be repaired in a timely manner and usually at little cost to the homeowner.
Repairing cracked or loose slate
Cracked or loose slate will have to be replaced – it cannot be repaired. The first stage to doing so is to inspect the roof and see how extensive the damage is. Armed with this information, you or your roofer can collect the necessary materials to begin to repair the roof. It’s always best to order a little more new slate than you think you will need.
Methods of repairing cracked or loose slate
There are two main methods to repairing cracked or loose slate; the copper tab method and the slate hook method. Which method is best for your roof depends on whether you need to replace lost or damaged slate or replace loose slate.
The copper tab method is typically used to replace lost or damaged slates, while the slate hook method is typically used to replace loose or damaged slate without causing any disturbance to the adjoining slates. Both methods are simple for a roofer however DIYers’ may find these challenging. Editorial Today has an extensive copper tab method guide and The National Federation of Roofing Contractors Limited has an extensive slate hook guide.
How much will cracked or loose slate repair cost?
The cost of cracked or loose slate repair can be as little as £50 if you are repairing your roof yourself. You can expect to pay over £100 if you hire a roofer, although this may be less if the job is not complex. The pricing for cracked or loose slate repair largely depends on the complexity of the job and so this should be factored into what you do next.
If you go down the roofer route, please ensure that you hire a roofer that holds Trust Mark accreditation and always read customer testimonials to safeguard yourself from cowboys – sadly there are contractors out there who plague the industry.
For cracked or loose slate repair in Leeds and its surrounding areas, we can help. We have repaired hundreds of roofs and we’d be happy to provide you with a free no obligation quote. Call us on 0800 037 5669 or from your mobile on 07947 272 606 or fill in our online enquiry form to get started.