Temporary slate tile fix

A few of our slate tiles have been temporarily fixed by a handyman using some kind of metal hook. How long can we leave these in place before they need a proper fix?

Asked by Cheryl on 22nd Nov 2022
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"Due to the way slates are layed on a roof it's extremely difficult to refix them through the fixing holes.
A metal band or wire strap it absolutely fine to be used for a long period of time as the slate is still doing the job it's originally intended to do."
Answered on 22nd Nov 2022 - Member since Jan 2020 - report
"Replacement slate tiles are usually fitted with a lead strab or metal hook, this is the only way to fit a slate tile to an existing roof without stripping most of the roof."
Answered on 22nd Nov 2022 - Member since Dec 2018 - report
"They will be lead straps and will last a few years"
Answered on 23rd Nov 2022 - Member since Jan 2022 - report
"Slipped, broken or missing slates need re-securing or replacing using copper wire or straps ('tingles') fixings. Where a patch of slates is re-fixed, (known as a partially renewed batten) they can be secured with nails instead of tingles."
Answered on 27th Nov 2022 - Member since Nov 2022 - report
"They will properly be lead slips he has used. They can last a good few months but ideally you would need to fix them properly at some point"
Answered on 22nd Nov 2022 - Member since Oct 2022 - report
"Hi Cheryl
thats common for a slate repair could last 3-4 yrs . the alternative is to re roof

traditional slate roofing"
Answered on 22nd Nov 2022 - Member since Apr 2019 - report
"They will be fine if they have been wired right they will last"
Answered on 22nd Nov 2022 - Member since Jan 2019 - report
"Metal hooks can be left for as long as needed. This is a method to help keep new slates in place. He should of used some kind of bonding agent also. Well that's what I would use"
Answered on 29th Nov 2022 - Member since Oct 2022 - report
"It's the only way to do it without lifting the ones above so you can get to the nail holes but then you have to lift the ones above that and so on and it depends what metal he used to determine how long they will last but it's common practice for a repair before you have to replace all the roof or at least the side the repairs are on"
Answered on 27th Nov 2022 - Member since Nov 2020 - report
"A slate repair is normally done using a lead tab
Which can last a long time If done correctly"
Answered on 22nd Nov 2022 - Member since Oct 2020 - report
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