Post Number: 170
|Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 03:17 pm: ||
If the slate in general is still OK on the porch, can you just repair it? We do this often, maybe replacing 50 slates maybe more, but it's a lot cheaper than replacing the entire roof. We also often replace entire porch roofs with salvaged slate, using a 4" headlap and giving the owner strict instruction to not allow anyone on the roof.
Post Number: 35
|Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2007 - 08:51 pm: ||
Hi, Porch roofs do take a beating especially if they are below the main roof and are low pitched-foot traffic,snow & ice falling from the upper roof ect... A metal roof would be a good way to go-Standing seam or Flat lock this type of roof fits the Traditional style and holds up well to foot traffic and snow loads ect..If you use the fake slate the Lamarite by Tamko seems to be okay? Or if you use real slate go with something that is at least a 1/2" thick holds up much better to the above conditions also install it with a 4" headlap instaed of 3".
Post Number: 1
|Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2007 - 10:47 am: ||
What a great message board and resource for people with slate roofs. I live in a 1931 home in DC with a slate roof and a slate porch roof. The main roof seems to be holding up very well - we try to be good about maintenance and replace loose/missing slates etc.
The porch roof is another story. It has a very low pitch and many of the slate are cracked or broken. Our roofer, (seems to be a good guy), thinks that it would be a waste of time and money replacing with slate because as soon as someone walks on it (eg, gutter/window cleaner) the new slate could break. (on the other hand people have been walking on this roof for 70 years and it only needs replacing now).
He wants to put a shingle roof on there and argues with the low pitch noone (except us) will see it.
I was thinking of compromising with fake slate? Has anyone here used it? Is it any good? Or should we stick to our guns and put real slate on there?