Working Safely on Tile and Slate Roofs

Repairing slate or tile roofs this fall or wintertime can be downright hazardous to both your home's roof as well as yourself your workers of home tradesmen and tradespeople. First of all, working on any pitched roof can be dangerous, especially on tile or slate roofs.

This roofing material becomes more than very slippery when wet or even accumulates a small amount of moisture, rain, or winter snow. If your roof has a steep slope or you have a fatal fear of heights, play it safe and hire a professional or qualified contractor with the right equipment and training in slate roof repairs.

Second, slate roofs no doubt do deteriorate and wear over time and ages. Some even become "crumbly". If you walk onto a roof in this condition, in an effort to fix one, or more, or several visibly or apparently broken slates, you can well cause very expensive and costly damage to other areas or even the rest of the roof. Stepping in the wrong or incorrect spot or spots even on brand new freshly installed slate tiles could cause this tiling to break or crack.

If your roof slates are ringed in white, flaking, or turning darker in color or coloration it is more than wise to take care and caution and stay off your roof and roofing. Again get on the blower and call a professional roofing company with a good, known, and established reputation to make necessary repairs. Go for a premium experienced service company. It is false economy to seek out a novice. Better to leave it un-repaired



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