How to Install Slate Roofing Shingles with Ease How to Install Slate Roofing Shingles with Ease

Slate roofing, when installed correctly, not only adds to the overall appearance of your home, but will hold up to the time of weather and age much longer than average roofing materials will. The average life for slate shingles is well over 100 years, and since the majority of us do not stay in one place longer than that, you will effectively only have to roof your house once while you live there. Of course, these types of shingles take a little more knowledge to install than asphalt shingles do, but the average homeowner can still apply them without having the expense of a professional roofer being hired.

Supplies and Tools You’ll Use:

  • Slate tiles
  • Slate cutter
  • Slate ripper
  • Chalk line
  • Drill
  • Drill bit
  • Tape measure

Step 1: Mark the Runs

After choosing the type of slate roofing that you want to install, measure the runs that you will use when installing the starter row of tiles, making sure that your measurements are accurate and that your lines are straight. The best way to do this is to use a chalk line with a bright color so that it is easily visible. Depending upon the size and brand of the slate tile manufacturer, these lines may be different, so follow the suggestions given with the roofing materials.

Step 2: Drill the Holes

Before beginning to install the slate tiles they need to have holes drilled in them so that you can secure them down to the roof without the chance of breaking them. Once again, the holes will vary depending upon the tile and manufacturer, so follow the given recommendations.

Step 3: Install Starter Row

Begin installing the starter row from left to right on the roof. Make sure that the edges of the tiles overlap the edges of the building by 1.5 inches which will allow the roofing materials to divert water and snow away from the sides of the house. Make sure that when you nail them down that you use strong copper or stainless steel nails that are meant for roofing applications.

Step 4: Install the Remaining Rows

After the starter row is secured in place, measure 2 inches from the top and mark the entire run with the chalk line. Begin placing the next row, using the chalk line as the bottom edge starting point. Make sure that you stagger the pieces so that the joints to not match the preceding row. Continue all the way to the top of the house, staggering the slate roofing tiles so that it forms the pattern that you want.

Step 5: Install Ridge Cap

After both sides of the roof have been covered with the slate roofing tiles, add the ridge cap along the top of the peak. Remember to use a chalk line to ensure that your runs are straight and pre-drill holes so that you can secure the tiles down.

That is all there is to installing slate roofing tiles easily and quickly without having to hire a professional. It is very similar to applying other types of roofing materials, except for the fact that they are slightly harder to work with, and that they have to be pre-drilled before installing them.

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