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Why you shouldn't ignore that slipped slate or tile

Updated: Apr 20, 2023

A slipped slate or tile on a roof may seem like a minor issue, but it can have serious consequences if left unaddressed. Here are some reasons why it's important to repair a slipped slate or tile on your roof:


1: First and foremost, safety: A slipped slate or tile could cause an injury to somebody if it were to find it's way off the roof. One slipped slate or tile could also be the first visible sign that something more serious is going on within the roof structure.


2. Water damage: A slipped slate or tile can create a gap in your roof, allowing water to seep in and cause damage to your home's interior. Water damage can lead to mould growth, rotting wood, and other structural issues. What starts as just a slipped slate or tile can soon develop into a major structural problem as the water tries to find it's way back to land, and could also lead to health issues for you or your family as mould takes hold internally.


3. Energy efficiency: A slipped slate or tile can also impact the energy efficiency of your home. Gaps in the roof can allow air to escape, causing your heating and cooling systems to work harder than necessary and increasing your energy bills.


4. Pest infestations: A gap in your roof can also serve as an entry point for pests such as birds, rodents, and insects. These pests can cause damage to your home's insulation and wiring, creating potential fire hazards and health risks. We were once called to repair a roof that had just one missing tile and a puncture in the felt. When we put the ladder up and made our way to the roof, there was quite a lot of wasp activity that was getting more frantic the higher we got. Short investigation later we discovered a huge wasps nest in the loft space, resulting in a call to environmental health to remove.


Broken and missing slates

5. Aesthetics: A slipped slate or tile can also detract from the appearance of your home's exterior, potentially lowering its value and kerb appeal.


Overall, repairing a slipped slate or tile on your roof is an important step in maintaining the safety, energy efficiency, and aesthetic appeal of your home. If you notice any issues with your roof, it's best to consult with a professional roofer to address the issue promptly and prevent any further damage.


If you would like us to take a look, head on over to the contact page. We have over 20 years experience in roofing and we are fully insured.

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