Mastering the Craft: Essential Dos and Don’ts for Installing a Slate Roof

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Nov 4, 2023 7:15:00 AM

In the world of roofing material, slate is among the longest-lasting and the most durable. It's so long-lasting that some slate roofs from the 1800s are still in use today. This longevity and durability mean that slate is a very different roofing material than other types of roofing material commonly used today. Slate roofs have unique considerations that affect the installation process. If you're a contractor responsible for installing slate roofs on residences or commercial buildings, these do's and don'ts can help you find success.

Of course, working with the right tools makes all the difference. The FASCO® (a BECK member) F24 Slate Hook System is designed for slate roof installation. The system includes the Slate Hook tool for some of the fastest and most efficient slate shingle installations in the world. The FASCO® F24 Slate Hook System can be operated with just one hand, so it's perfect when working on steeply pitched roofs.

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Topics: Construction Fasteners, building, fasteners, Tools, Roofing, Slate Roofing, construction site, outdoor construction, power tools, fastening system, commercial building, construction, nail system, sheathing

Common Slate Roof Challenges

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Nov 13, 2021 8:30:00 AM

The roof is the pinnacle of a building. When it comes to the roof of your house, you want stability and longevity, but aesthetics are also important. Modern home builders and home remodelers have many choices of common roof materials, including asphalt, aluminum, copper, steel, concrete, clay, tile and wood. Slate has been a popular roof material choice for many decades but comes with its own set of challenges that must be considered. Whether you are installing a new slate roof or repairing an old slate roof, here are a few of the challenges associated with slate roofs.

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Topics: Roofing, Roofs, pneumatic tools, Slate Roofing

A Comparison of Traditional Slate and Synthetic Slate Roofs

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Mar 8, 2021 2:29:15 PM

A new roof is a big investment and homeowners want to feel their roofing investment is worthwhile by seeing a beautiful and durable roof. Slate roofing can provide this. Slate roofs are among the most durable and long-lasting on the market and provide timeless beauty. Slate roofing has reemerged in popularity recently and is being considered by more homeowners as it complements any architectural style. Synthetic slate roofing has also been introduced as an alternative to real slate. Here we take a closer look at the advantages of both options that roofing contractors and their customers should know.

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Topics: Slate Roofing

Slate Roofing Types and Style: A Guide

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Sep 5, 2020 8:13:00 AM

Even with all the advances in construction today, when properly installed, slate roofs remain one of the most long-lasting, reliable and low-maintenance roofing solutions available. They can last up to 150 years or more and will often outlive their structures.

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Topics: Slate Roofing

Slate Roof Basics: How It Works and What to Expect from It

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Jan 4, 2020 7:30:00 AM

Of all materials currently available on the market, slate roofing is one of the longest-lasting and most durable, with an expected lifespan of up to 150 years. This makes it a sizable investment for homeowners, who can expect a healthy ROI long after the initial purchase.

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Topics: Roofing, Slate Roofing

Safe Roofing Materials for Hot Climates

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Aug 18, 2019 7:13:01 AM

The roof of your home takes a lot of abuse, especially in hot climates where the sun beats down day after day with punishing heat. A poorly made roof will break down and degrade over the years. It can also allow the heat to transfer into the house more easily - causing cooling bills to be higher than necessary.

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Topics: Slate Roofing

Slate Roofs aren't Just for Tudors—Why They're Making a Comeback

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Mar 27, 2019 3:21:20 PM

Tudor homes have a very clear English style. They are characterized by a combination look of brick and half-timbering filled in with stucco, elaborate masonry chimneys, asymmetric design, and steeply pitched gable roofs. This unique look and craftsmanship may be what makes it easily recognizable, but its use of strong, long-lasting materials is another reason why this architecture is here to stay.

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Topics: Roofing, Roofs, Slate Roofing


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