A close-up view of a beautiful slate roof with various shades of gray tiles neatly arranged in a pattern.
A close-up view of a beautiful slate roof with various shades of gray tiles neatly arranged in a pattern.

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Why hire a slate roofer through Airtasker?

When you have a leaky roof with damaged slate tiles and can’t find a slate roofing contractor fast enough, it makes sense to hire a slate roofer via Airtasker. The service is especially helpful if the rainy season or winter is fast approaching and you can’t find an available roofer.

Make a post on Airtasker to get your slate roof repaired or new slate roof installed. Be sure to include all the crucial details like the age of your roof, its dimensions, the extent of repair or replacement you need, your budget and location. Let Taskers know when you need your roof repaired as well - interested Taskers will approach you with a free quote.

You can see reviews and ratings on potential roofers to help you choose the most suitable one. Once you’ve agreed on the budget, they come to you to do the job, and you can release payment afterwards. Yes, you can get your slate roof repaired without the hassle, so go ahead, hire an expert slate roofer now!

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Top Slate Roofer related questions

No, you usually don’t need to provide any tools or equipment to them. Your hired slate roofer is an expert with years of experience in installing or repairing slate roofs, so you can expect they already know the tricks in slate roofing and have the tools of the trade. 

It can take six to seven days on average to work on 100 square metres of roof. Larger roofs will take slightly longer than this, and the job can take even longer if other factors come into play. If the weather is rainy, you can expect delays as it’s dangerous and not advisable to have anyone work on your roof on a rainy day or any other day with inclement weather.  

Yes! If you offer slate roofing services yourself and need a hand or two, you can hire a Tasker to assist. You’ll find you can hire Taskers for hundreds of different jobs. You can even find an electrician or carpenter to help you deliver services like this and other related home maintenance jobs. All you have to do is to make a post on our platform with all the details, and we connect you to suitable Taskers. 

It’s possible, but there are a lot of caveats. To do slate tile installation or repairs, you need the relevant tools, skills and experience. This includes carpentry skills and knowing your way around the right tools and materials. We advise you to leave tasks like these to the experts, but don’t be discouraged - you can learn this trade by finding a carpenter who can take you on as an apprentice and take courses for slate roofing.

One disadvantage of a slate roof is that it can have a hefty upfront cost. But its advantages can more than make up for this. Slate-roofed houses offer greater curb appeal, extreme durability and can add value to your home. While it can be costly to have installed or repaired, a well-made slate roof can last an average of 75 to 200 years for hard slate, and 50 to 125 years for soft slate.  

Yes, but we don’t recommend it. Many slate roof contractors provide a warranty on your slate roof and painting it can void this warranty. If you pick a specific colour, note that you may not be able to change the paint for decades. Painting is not practical as the colour will fade, blister and chip off long before the slate tiles wear out and need replacement. An unpainted slate roof will look better, and only needs occasional cleaning. 

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What do slate roofing services include?

Slate roofing services include all the tasks required to properly lay on slate tiles on your property’s roof. Your slate roofer can put on new slate tiles or do slate roof repair and replace only the damaged slate tiles if needed.

Your hired roofing expert can assess the slate tiles and your roof, remove old tiles, replace or install new decking; they then proceed to install the slate tiles. Slate roofers can ensure the installation is planned and implemented well so you have a roof that can last for generations.  

Assessing the tiles and roof 

Your hired slate roofer begins by going up on your roof to make an assessment. They can take the roof’s dimensions which includes measuring the length, width, area and the degree of slope on your roof. Your roof’s dimensions guide your slate roofer as to the thickness, the number of tiles for complete coverage and the type of installation that’s appropriate for your slate roof.  

Removing the old tiles 

As part of home maintenance, your slate roofer can remove any old tiles, whether it’s a spot slate roof repair job or complete slate roof replacement. They can use the appropriate tools to remove old, worn or damaged tiles to make way for new ones.  

Slate roof repair: Replacing new decking

Your slate roofer inspects the underlying decking. They can check if the decking is durable enough to support slate tiles and serve as a solid foundation for them. Should the decking be sufficient to support new slate tiles, your slate roofer proceeds with installing them.

If the decking is not sturdy enough, they can replace the decking and reinforce the underlying roof structure with new decking. They can also do slate roof waterproofing and install the appropriate waterproofing material before laying on the tiles if needed.  

Slate roof replacement: Installing new tiles

If you don’t have the slate roof tiles ready, your slate roofer can buy these for you, but this can cost extra. Once the slate tiles are prepared, they inspect them for pre-drilled holes. If the tiles aren’t pre-drilled, some slate roofers can punch holes on them as part of the service package.

They can recommend and install hooks if your roof slope is at an angle of at least 25 degrees or more, and use nails if your roof is at a less sloping angle. Before installation, your hired slate roofer can cut and trim the slate tiles to fit your roof and adequately cover any slopes, valleys or wrap your chimney if necessary. They can ensure that the tiles have the right overlap in their lower and upper course, so your roof has a watertight seal.