Toorak slate roof repairs, reroofing and new installations
For your slate roof requirements contact us : 0403022137
If you live in or around Toorak and have problems or just need some advice regarding your slate roof we can assist you. At Abardeen Roof Slating our guys are very experienced in roof slating – repair work and reroofing. Slate roofing for your new home construction is also a specialty of ours and we’ve completed many new home projects in the area over the years. We’ve been active in the Toorak area since the early 80’s and are very familiar with the house designs, the slate on them and the problems they have. So if you have a problem, just call. John 0403022137 Read below about how a poor quality slate and a low roof pitch equals plenty of problems.
Here’s a Toorak slate roof project we recently completed
This particular slate roof in Toorak was installed around 15 years ago and the original owners no longer live there. The current owners have been there for the last seven years and their slate roof leaks were apparent not long after they moved in. Over the years many broken slates have been replaced as the leaking continued. Also the cause of much leaking was the very low pitch of the roof around the lower areas of the roof. This pattern of continuing broken or cracked slates and leaking continued on until recently when the owner wanted the issue resolved once and for all – no more breaking slates and leaks.
First problem – the low pitch around lower areas of the roof continually leaking
For slate roofs I am very wary of any pitch under 18 degrees. At this angle the rainwater just doesn’t tend to flow fast enough and in heavier rain, can travel sideways slightly or in windy conditions be blown back and leak through the laps. Its not all that often you see these low angle slate roofs but when you do it’s usually always causing consistent slight leaking. So to stop this problem of leaking with the low pitch, we removed all the slates and battens and installed ply wood to the rafters, which was covered with flat sheet iron – and had all the joins sealed and riveted. Cement sheet strips were run down the roof on top of the iron above the rafters. The slate battens were then installed on top of the cement sheet strips. ( see photos ) Now, what will happen when the water leaks through the slates on the low pitch, it will run down on top of the flat sheeting and into the spouting. The cement sheet strips keep the slate battens above the flat sheet iron so as not to impede the water flow to the spout and keep the battens relatively dry. We have used this method of stopping consistent leaking on low pitch slate roofs before and it has always been effective. The other alternative of course is to remove the existing roof structure and re-pitch with a steeper, more suitable angle. This re-pitching is not only very expensive , but it would change the look of the existing home greatly- something this homeowner didn’t want.
Second problem – the continual breaking of the roof slates
The original slates on this roof were of Chinese origin – and over the years, for no apparent reason, they would continually break and leak. After any kind of decent rain the plaster was always wet and damaged. If you’ve read any of my previous posts you will know that I’m not a fan of Chinese roof slate. After some discussions with the homeowner he was happy to have the entire roof replaced with a top quality Spanish roof slate – the Del Carmen.
Our Toorak slate roofing services include :
- Any maintenance work that the slate roof may need.
- Broken, loose, slipping or shifting slates replaced and repaired
- Emergency storm damage repairs
- Slate roof restorations
- Extensions and alterations in new or reclaimed slate
- Valley irons, box and parapet gutters replaced
- Inspections and recommendations for your slate roof problems
- New home slate roof supply and install services
If you think we can assist you with your slate roof … contact us: John 0403022137
As well as Toorak slate roofing, we also provide our services to the nearby suburbs of Camberwell and Malvern, and also as far away as Essendon and North Melbourne