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Why Slate Roofs Should Only Be Repaired by Professionals

Slate: a fine-grained gray, green, or bluish metamorphic rock easily split into smooth, flat pieces.

Slate is the epitome of luxury and class when it comes to roofing. Slate is one of the most beautiful roofing materials available. Known to have a lifespan of over a century with proper care and maintenance, a slate roof is an investment that will truly last a lifetime or longer on your Charlotte home. That maintenance, however, should always be performed by a professional like the experts at Roof Medic in Charlotte to protect both you and your investment.

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Slate Tiles Are Delicate

While it may seem a bit backward due to their extremely long lifespans, slate tiles are actually very delicate on their own. If you have a slate roof you should never let anyone walk on it that isn’t well-versed in the proper care of slate. Walking on slate can cause even undamaged tiles to crack. Whether it’s your roofer or your cable guy, always make sure your contractor knows how to navigate a slate roof without causing damage.

Weather is Important

Weather plays an important role when it comes to repairing a slate roof for a few reasons. The first is that poor weather can cause problems when trying to inspect a slate roof – it can make it difficult to identify the problems and get an accurate assessment of the damage. Additionally, poor weather can make a slate roof dangerous, as we’ll discuss in the following point.

Slate Can Be Slippery

Slate tiles can be very slick, especially if there has been rain or excessive dew. Non-slip shoes are enough for most people to walk on other roofing materials, however slate requires a special touch to avoid potentially catastrophic falls. As mentioned, slate is also very delicate, and if a slate tile cracks underfoot it can cause slips and falls as well.

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Replacement is Tricky

The replacement of slate tiles can be a finicky procedure. Although we’ve mentioned it several times not, it bears repeating: slate, for all its longevity and durability towards weather and other elements, is fragile when handled or stepped on. When a slate tile is cracked or damaged, it will often need to be completely replaced to protect the integrity of the roof. While this is completely doable, it requires specialized tools and skills to remove the tile without damaging the surrounding tiles or the roofing materials underneath. It will then require an expert hand to insert a new tile that matches the rest of the roof.

When Your Slate Roof Needs to be Repaired, Don’t Do It Yourself

At the end of the day, repairs to a slate roof are the opposite of a DIY project. An amateur hand is just as likely, if not more likely, to cause more damage instead of making things better. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you’ll likely end up spending a lot of time and money attempting, unsuccessfully, to make a repair only to end up needing to call in a professional anyway.

Do you have a slate roof that needs repair or routine maintenance? Don’t try to go it alone. Call the experts at Roof Medic for your slate roof repair, today, so you can have peace of mind knowing that your roof is in the best hands.

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7207 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Charlotte

5.0 233 reviews

  • Avatar L Bridges ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    Fantastic, honest company. Highly recommend them. Jordan is straightforward and knowledgeable, the crew is friendly, and they are extremely efficient. They were glad to answer any questions I had and make sure I understood what they were … More doing. Office staff is very friendly as well! They have an eye for the details that matter in maintaining the integrity of your roof. No regrets going with Roof Medic, and we'll use them for future needs.
    UPDATE: used Roof Medic again for a roof replacement, and we continue to love the company. They do excellent work, have a friendly crew, and are highly knowledgeable. They walked us through the insurance claims process, helping us understand what was going on and why every step of the way. Communication is stellar, and we never felt like we were at a loss as to where we were in the process or why. High quality, efficient work. Will definitely use again if the need arises and recommend this company.
  • Avatar Jessica Klomparens ★★★★★ 3 weeks ago
    Roof Medic was recommended to us by our insurance agent when we had significant damage following a wind storm. Nick Stewart, who we worked with from day one was extremely professional, responsive & easy to work with. We ended up replacing … More all of our gutters and downspouts along with a full roof replacement, which included a new metal roof above our front porch. Chris, who is Roof Medics production manager ensured our job was done quickly and flawlessly. We couldn’t be happier with how it turned out & would not hesitate to recommend Roof Medic to anyone! Nick and Chris were fantastic to work with, not a single complaint!
  • Avatar Christopher Miller ★★★★★ a week ago
    Roof Medic exceeded all my expectations, as a homeowner who desires over communication, exceptional work and true value on our hard earned dollars.
    From the initial inspection, to dealing with insurances, selection of products, scheduling
    … More of installation and finally the actual install, Roof Medic was fabulous. I can't over state how nice, professional and a pleasure Nick, Jake and Megan were to work with (great experience).
    If you're looking for a firm that walks you through all the details and potential costs (no hidden Change Orders) and are responsive to all your inquires, look no further as this is your team.
  • Avatar Glenda Nevitt ★★★★★ a month ago
    I cannot thank Roof Medic enough. Julian came out to inspect our roof that had a lot of moss growing on it due to very large oak trees shading the property. We were sure we would need to replace it soon but we didn’t realize we had storm … More damage as well. He thoroughly walked us through the insurance claim process and even came out the day the adjuster was here. Our roof ended up being covered by insurance! What a blessing that was for us old retired folks. They estimated that they would possibly need two days to complete the job but they were able to finish in one very full day. It was starting to get dark when they were cleaning up which may be the reason for my only complaint. We have found to date 24 roofing nails on the asphalt driveway. I’m just hoping that none find their way into our tires or any visitors we have. I would still highly recommend Roof Medic.
  • Avatar Deanna Duke ★★★★★ 4 weeks ago
    The entire team at Roof Medic was a pleasure to work with! Incredibly efficient from start to finish. I submitted an online inquiry over the weekend, and I had my inspection already scheduled the following Monday. My inspector Nick was … More ultra efficient and helpful - he gave me a clear rundown of the entire process, and was super responsive every step along the way. Once the materials arrived, I was scheduled right away for a time convenient for my schedule, and the entire job was completed in one (long) day! Chris, the Production Manager, was also helpful in ensuring the roof installation went smoothly, extra materials were picked up quickly, and things were left neat and tidy. Really incredible work all the way around! I enjoyed working with the entire team of professionals at the Roof Medic and can't recommend them enough for anyone in need of roofing services.
  • Avatar Melanie Artho ★★★★★ 8 months ago
    Roof Medic just completed installing a new roof on my house. They did a fantastic job. Nick Stewart was great to work with from the beginning to the end of the project. He kept me informed through out the project on what to expect as well … More as up dated on any delays.. My new roof looks great. Everyone from Roof Medic was very professional, courteous and easy to work with. I highly recommend Roof Medic for any kind of Roofing needs.
  • Avatar Jack Arnold ★★★★★ 8 months ago
    Read all the great reviews and being a veteran, I was confident in a veteran owned company. Pat came out and did a great assessment. The insurance company pushed back so I decided just to get the repair done where the leak is at. Paid the … More deposit almost 2 weeks ago and was told that Production will contact me. I haven't heard from Production and when I reach out to the office or Pat I am told they are very busy. I have read in other reviews that their communication is good. I would like to see this. I am not asking for them to get to me fast but since I paid the deposit then at least keep me up to date. I look forward to getting the work done and giving Roof Medic the 5 stars they most likely deserve.
    Update: Production reached out to me and scheduled the repair. Looking forward to commenting on the work when it is completed.
  • Avatar Joy Gilfillan ★★★★★ 8 months ago
    Nick was great about coming to the house he even worked with me to come out to meet the insurance agent. Since it was snowy the insurance agent didn't want to go up to look at the roof so Nick went up for him and took pictures which … More helped the process not get delayed. Knowledgeable about product offerings to help make the right choices for my home. No more leaking roof!
  • Avatar Lynda Evans ★★★★★ 11 months ago
    We are very happy we chose Roof Medic for our roof and gutter replacement. Our roof looks fantastic and so do the gutters. We had a great experience with the company their communication was great. Received several emails from Megan during … More the process. Josh Lloyd was a pleasure to work with very informative always answered my many questions. We feel he went above and beyond helping us with our insurance company and claim since we did have some hail damage The crew showed up on time, very polite, hard workers and left our property looking the way they found it. Very pleased with everyone at Roof Medic and also happy to support a veteran owned company. We have already recommended Roof Medic to a coworker.
  • Avatar Jan Maynard ★★★★★ 10 months ago
    Roof Medic just completed installing a new roof on my house. They did a great job. Nick Stewart was great to work with. He kept me informed through out the project. My new roof looks great too. Everyone from Roof Medic was very professional, … More courteous and easy to work with. I highly recommend Roof Medic for any kind of Roofing needs.
  • Avatar Daryl Stilwell ★★★★★ 11 months ago
    I was part of the committee at Cornerstone Baptist Church that contracted with Roof Medic to install a new roof on our facility. From start to finish Roof Medic and all of their employees were great to work with. I have been in construction … More for almost 50 yrs and have worked around many roofing companies and Roof Medic is the best I have seen. They are very professional, and have the knowledge and experience needed to be able to work well with insurance companies. If there is a legitimate insurance claim, Roof Medic will certainly see that you receive everything that you are entitled to. I highly recommend Roof Medic whether there is an insurance claim or not, because their quality and attention to detail is superb. I recognize a well run project and from start to finish this project was well run and our property was cleaned daily.