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Need some advice with an old slate roof...

Posted by walrus (My Page) on
Fri, Apr 10, 09 at 21:58

Have an 1870's house with a really nice slate roof.

A quick evaluation: Some of the rafters have sagged over the years and have been sistered with 2x's to stabilize, not repair the sag. Otherwise, it just looks great despite the visible wavy sags.

I need to replace the ridge. It appears to be 2 foot lengths of a tin material which someone covered with wider strips of galvanized. Both are blowing in the wind, literally.

What's good to use for a ridge?

Also, I imagine that because of the sags that some of the slates must be losing their hold. How concerned should I be about someone clambering above the slates?

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RE: Need some advice with an old slate roof...

Slate makes a great roof, but you need to have someone who is a qualified slate roofer to deal with this. Having somebody who is not familiar with slate roofs walking on the roof is a sure guarantee of broken slate, leaks, and expensive repairs.

RE: Need some advice with an old slate roof...

Definitely do not walk on your slate roof! Get a slate roof professional to do the work needed. Check out this site below for a list of slate roofers by state.

Here is a link that might be useful: Slate Roof Central

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