Slate Roofs

Slate Roof Repair and Replacement

Coastal living means we need materials that hold up better to salt air and gusty winds. Wind gusts of 25-30 m.p.h. are not uncommon along the Hampton Roads area and have peaked as high as 70 m.p.h. during tropical storms, like that of Ernesto on Sept. 1, 2006. Slate is perfectly suited as a roofing material in our region because of its strength, durability, and resistance to salt and rot. Slate is also considered one of the most attractive roofing choice.

Advantages of Slate:

  • Long lasting (up to 200 years)
  • Acid and pollutant resistant
  • Fireproof
  • Water proof
  • Highest storm resistance of any roofing material
  • Resistant to chipping, cracking, and erosion
  • Environmentally-friendly

At Jim Hicks Home Improvement, we believe the proper installation of slate roofing is a “lost art.” Our slaters and coppersmiths are experienced with slate and copper work to get the job done right and to provide you with a beautiful, durable roof.

Extend the Life of Your Roof

If your home is protected by a slate roof, proper upkeep will extend its life. Though waterproof, expanding ice during a harsh winter can split this otherwise impervious material. Metal flashings which are critical to keeping water out will wear away after about 50 years and thus require regular inspection.

The roofs in Hilton Village Newport News are still the original slate from when the neighborhood was built between 1918 and 1921. Many of the flashings in the valleys and chimneys on the roofs have been replaced. With proper care and an annual inspection the slate itself will still be serviceable for years to come. Whenever you notice missing or broken slates, or when you can see daylight through the roof, contact Jim Hicks Home Improvement as soon as possible. Left unrepaired your roof will deteriorate beyond the point of simple repair.

Slate Repair Requires Specialized Training and Experience

You can imagine that repairing (or replacing) a slate roof required different skills and tools than roofs using other materials. Part stonemason, you would never want an inexperienced roofer who had never been properly trained to work with slate to attempt working on your slate roof.  Slate is a metamorphic rock formed from clay, sediment, or volcanic ash. It’s extremely hard and it breaks easily into layers which is why it takes some skill to work with this material. Asphalt shingles are cut to size and nailed into place. It’s not that simple with slate because it would break. Special tools and technique prevent breakage and leaking. The roofers at Jim Hicks Home Improvement have such training and experience.

Call a Roofer with Specialized Slate Experience

Because it is a common roofing material in our region, we’ve undergone training and own the specialized tools of the trade to repair and replace slate. We repair all kinds of roofs including copper plus we can fix or replace flashing. For an accurate project estimate, call 757-706-3110 or email us without delay.