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Old 10-14-2010, 01:48 AM   #1
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Hello all...

Well this is the situation. I am bidding on a house to purchase as a flip. It is a half double and on problem is the roof leak. Well, there a few pieces of slate missing which is causing the leak. Fine, maybe I can find an old timer who is able to reinstall some pieces of slate correctly at a decant price and that would be great..But so far, I can't.

My other idea is, and I am not sure of this, is how do I remove the slate from the side of the house we are tring to buy, and replace it with standard shingles...And the catch is, the guy next door doesn't have the money to go in and have both roofs replaced..

I know very little about slate roofs, if anything. Is it possible to run a saw up the center of the houses and cut the slate, then install some type or channel to divide the 2 roofs and install shingles?

I would think the best way would be to replace both sides of the roof, as BOTH sides leak, but the problem is like I said, the other guy doesn't have the money as her says, or he is hoping I will do his side for free.

Any ideas, please let me know. Thanks

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Old 10-14-2010, 04:11 PM   #2
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When slates start slipping down it is usually the fixing nails that have rusted and failed, known as nail sickness. The slates themselves may be still in good condition. Good quality slate can easily last 150 years, depending on atmospheric conditions.
If you carefully remove the slates you usually find that most of them can be reused.
If it's just a case of replacing a few slates, them use some lead strips or tingles to hold the new slates in.

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This site may help.
http://www.practicaldiy.com/general-...tes-repair.php
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hi this is brandon with let it reign construction and my first qusten is what is the pich of your roof? what state are you in we are in washington state
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Old 10-15-2010, 02:51 PM   #5
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To stuart's post; very true. Slate is very durable and very long lasting, but expensive. So you do want to check out if any of the slate can be reused. I also urge you to find someone that is a specialist in installing it correctly. If cost is an issue, you could install them with a hook method although the drawback is that the hooking system is visible. Some contractors may charge less because it makes the installation easier and they are less likely to damage the slate by cracking. I wouldn't recommend trying to do it yourself, but you should at least do some research about slate to make your decision a little easier. RoofingWindows is a good source http://www.roofingwindows.net/reside...slate-shingles

Good luck! If you do go with slate please post pics...
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