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    How do I refit slates to my roof?


    I have had some slate tiles fall from my roof recently due to weather and general ageing. Some of the tiles are barely damaged so would be reusable and I will find some replacement for any others.

    What would I need to set the slates back on the roof most effectively?

    Would it usually be by using cement or some other adhesives to keep them in place correctly?
    I would like to resolve this myself if possible.

    Asked by Nan on 10th Jun 2019
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    O. Grant Roofing

    "If your roof is indeed a natural or man made slate covered roof, then you will need to re-fix the slates using aluminium nails to the roof batten. There should be nail holes where the old existing nails would have been prior to the slate coming loose. You may also need to use a "Tingle" which is a strip of narrow lead, nailed to the under batten, this will permit you to slide the slate back in place and simply curl the lip of the lead strip over the bottom edge of the slate to keep it in place.

    You might also need a "Slate Rip" which is a long handled tool used for removing the existing nails that might well be left protruding from the under batten. These protruding nails will prevent you sliding the slate back into place. These nails must be removed prior to attempting to replace the slate.

    Alternatively, you can use a good quality silicone based product to effectively glue the slate back into place, but this is not as good a method as fixing the slate back in correctly using nails and or a lead strip.

    You can also look up "Replacing a slate on a roof" on You tube, this would show you exactly how the job is carried out. I hope this has been of some help to you."

    Answered on 10th Jun 2019 - Member since Mar 2018 - report
    Mg roofing

    "You can lead strap them in also can use clear silicone under the slate holding them in as well"

    Answered on 11th Jul 2019 - Member since Mar 2018 - report
    Th roofing services

    "Never use cement to put a slate back. You need a ripper to remove the old nails then a strap to keep the slate in place"

    Answered on 19th Aug 2019 - Member since Oct 2017 - report
    umbrella roofing

    "You really should leave it to a professional roofer.
    To refit your slate roof you would need a slate ripper to remove the rest of broken slate and copper nails then replace slate using lead straps to hold the slate in place."

    Answered on 24th Oct 2019 - Member since Mar 2019 - report

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