When slates are put into the roof in the first place they are nailed in often with two nails that hold them in place. When the slate becomes damaged or worn down it can cause all sorts of problems. Luckily you can get your roof repaired in several different ways by professionals. The down side to that is the cost of them actually doing the repair. Often it is not expensive to get new slates but putting them in after pulling the old ones out is where the costs incur. There is a way you can actually do this yourself. Luckily with the internet there are how to videos all over the place. YouTube videos will give you some pretty interesting tips for slate roof repair.
One company created a slate roof repair tool called a ripper which essentially slides underneath the slate and finds the two nails. Once found you can use the other part of the ripper to wedge in and pull the nails out with a few bumps on the bottom of the tool. This does not cut the nail it actually pulls it out whole. There is a certain way to do this so you’re not breaking the slate (which will make it harder to pull all the way out!). Once you’ve removed the nails the slate will slide out with ease. So far you’ve done this without paying anyone to do it. For the cost of probably less than 10 minutes of the professional’s time you’ve purchased the slate remover tool which you can use on all of your slate roof repairs.
The next step is just as easy. You put the slate into the area where it goes, mark off the bottom of the slate (where it sticks out to) with chalk then pull it out. You will then drive a slate repair hook into the crease between two slates below that layer and hammer it gently in there. This is a flat surface that has a hook on the end that will seat the slates end piece holding it in place. Once you get the hook in place you just put the slate back in and seat it to the hook. The hook will be slightly out further than the slate needs to be seated. This is fine because you will now tap the hook in until it’s flush and firmly holding the slate in. Piece of cake! You can do this yourself and save money. All of these parts can be found at your local home improvement store. You will need the new slate, a ripper tool, the slate hook, and a small hammer. Who knows, maybe you will get so good at this you can take on your own clients!