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Old 10-01-2009, 08:07 AM   #1
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I looked at a Victorian terraced house for sale and quite liked it, but i noticed that about 6 or 7 slates had slipped down the roof. A friend told me that this means that the slates are finished and the roof need replacing. Can the missing slates be replaced.

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I can't answer your question, but you might have better luck posting at http://www.roofing.com.

There are several slate roofers who frequent the message boards there.

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There's plenty of roofers here in this forum also.

I can not say if the roof needs replaced or not with out at least seeing a few pictures of the roof, but as far as replacing slate, yes it can be done.
It's a little more costly than repairing shingles or flat roofs but a roofer with the proper tools and knowledge can do it no problem.
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Hi,
Thanks for the replies. I have attached a photogragh of the front of the roof. The house I want is the one on the left.
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It looks as if both roofs have had several repairs so ask around with the a joining home and others near by and see who they have used for repairs on their homes.

Go to Google and search "slate roofers - your city".
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The roof is suffering from what is known in the trade as nail sickness. Slate can last well over 100 years, but the nails corrode and the slates drop. As stated by Slyfox, the roof has had previous repairs, shown by the lead tingles which are used to hold in the replacement slates. It might be a good idea to budget for a new roof covering, as it's likely in the near future that more will drop. It is possible to re-use the most of the slates on a roof, but most roofers will take yours away and use them on the next job, and charge you for used ones that came from the last job.

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