Replacing the roof slate sheet

On the roof of the house, a sheet of slate burst across (a sheet from the center, sheets on all sides). The upper edge went down into the house, and the lower one rose to the sky. Tell me how to remove the broken pieces of the sheet and insert a new slate in its place. The situation is difficult and unpleasant when it is necessary to replace a damaged slate sheet, and even more so from the middle of the roof. Sometimes it happens that with a small roof it is easier to dismantle all the sheets and replace the damaged one than to remove it from the middle part of the roof. Those who don’t want to take a risk in repairing the roof must contact a professional service, such as Roof repair NJ.

And so the first thing is to provide the repairman with access to the location of this sheet. Why is it necessary to have a ladder for the roof, along which you can climb to the place of repair.

Specialized ladders for this purpose are not on sale. True, there are aluminum transforming ladders that can be adapted for this operation. But, most likely, you will have to build a ladder yourself (unless, of course, you have an old one that has been on your roof for a long time).

Usually the ladder is made in the simplest and most affordable way. That is, they take an edged board 25 millimeters thick and 150 millimeters wide. Its length should be about half a meter longer than the length of the roof slope on which you will be working. The board must be strong and dry. Your health will depend on its strength, and its weight will depend on dryness. Because work on the ground is a relatively safe occupation, and work about the same complexity, but already at a height, is completely different. Some workers generally have a sense of fear of heights and such people cannot be driven onto the roof with a stick, no matter how hard you try.

The steps of the ladder are made from a cranial bar 50/50 millimeters in cross section. They are located about 40 centimeters from each other. They are fastened with self-tapping screws (three to four pieces each) and not along one line so that the bar does not crack.

The angle at the top of the ladder is made to match the angle of the ridge. For this, a template is first made of wire, applying it to the ridge of the roof and bending it to the required size.

Dismantling the old sheet is not difficult, you can split it into several pieces with a hammer and throw it down. Remember to use a nail puller to remove the old slate nails left over from the split sheet. And also slightly loosen the nails on the side and top sheets of slate so that you can start a new one under them.

When working with slate, it is most optimal to have from three to four people. Why so many? It’s simple. Two people (or one, but of a strong build) feed a sheet of slate to the eaves (the very edge of the roof). If the overhang is at a low (up to three meters) height. At a higher height, either a ladder or a pair of edged boards are used, which are installed so that the slate sheet can freely crawl without clinging, pushed from below and pulled by a rope from above.