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anengineer
Posted on Saturday, September 11, 2004 - 01:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Please read message subject "Advice" for my
question.

I've hosted pictures of my roof on my website.
(Here's hoping you have broadband!)

3/4 view of house:
http://www.cravener.org/Roof/threequarterview.JPG

other(close ups) of roof:
http://www.cravener.org/Roof/DSC02541.JPG
http://www.cravener.org/Roof/DSC02548.JPG
http://www.cravener.org/Roof/DSC02552.JPG
http://www.cravener.org/Roof/DSC02555.JPG
http://www.cravener.org/Roof/DSC02557.JPG
http://www.cravener.org/Roof/DSC02560.JPG
http://www.cravener.org/Roof/DSC02564.JPG
http://www.cravener.org/Roof/DSC02567.JPG
http://www.cravener.org/Roof/DSC02570.JPG
http://www.cravener.org/Roof/DSC02571.JPG
http://www.cravener.org/Roof/DSC02572.JPG
http://www.cravener.org/Roof/DSC02573.JPG
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Walter Musson
Posted on Saturday, September 11, 2004 - 05:46 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have a dial up connection so I only looked at a few so far.
Your roof appears to be in nice shape,barring a few that need attention and some prior poor bib work.
The trees above seem to be spewing sap and pollen onto the slates causing staining,but from what I could see your slates are good stone.
The ridge application is something I would change.
Read the posts from earlier this week from Silas here on Joe's site,That may have some interest to you.
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Anonymous
Posted on Sunday, September 12, 2004 - 03:05 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

this slate definitely looks good,solid and thick also,no leaks i presume?,you could just install a copper ridge flashing,check chimney flashings for wear probably original-(60 years),and have a slater inspect snowguard installation also probably original.
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Anonymous
Posted on Sunday, September 12, 2004 - 03:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

On other close ups of roof picture #3 looks like they just flipped a slate and reinstalled it. You do indeed have a very, very nice slate roof with YEARS of life left you just need a professional slate roofer to work on it a fix some problem areas along with some work not done so well. First and foremost we do not do it or believe in installing a replacement slate with a nail, nailed down through the center (which is a water line for the two slate above one your (nailing)bibbing in) and installing a metal bib over it to prevent the roof from leaking. If it is a slate roof I want the slate (rock-stone) to stop the water not a piece of metal. That is why we always, always use a slate hook for replacement slates where they cannot be (properly) nailed in. I would like someone to explain the advantage to nailing down through a slate roof a putting a bib flashing in instead of a slate hook? So have the "bibbed" slate replaced and thrown away (since they have a nail in the center of the slate) which to me is a huge NO NO and install replacement slates using the most common sense method a slate hook. GOOD LUCK
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anengineer
Posted on Sunday, September 12, 2004 - 04:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I appreciate you two taking the time
and effort to look at my roof.

Now I just need to find competent slaters
in the Reading, PA area to take a look at
and give me quotes to restore/repair my
slate roof.

Thanks again.
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Peter
Posted on Sunday, September 19, 2004 - 08:20 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hi,
From looking at the photos you have a very nice roof, unless there is something that is happening inside like condensation IMO all you need is a real roofer.

Some of the repairs appear to have been nails driven into the slates instead of proper clips or hooks.

I'm not happy with the nails driven through the flashing to hold it down, this is an item you might take care of over time.

Also being Irish I cannot understand why a clay ridge tile is not used in the US, I do not agree with any detail that leaves nails exposed.

I believe depending on caulk on top of natural slate is a crime against slate roofs as caulk or silicone does not bond to natural stone.

A good roofer will not be cheap but that roof is deserving of the best you can find.

Regards,

Peter Crawley, M.I.o.R.

www.crawleyroofing.com
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anengineer
Posted on Monday, September 20, 2004 - 11:19 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Peter,

Thanks for taking the time to review and
evaluate the condition of my roof.

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