There are several neighborhoods in the Hampton Roads area with beautiful historical Buckingham slate roofs. Colonial Place Riverview in Norfolk, Virginia is one of them. A Buckingham slate roof can last over 200 years and is considered one of the least expensive roofing systems because of it.
Maintaining your slate roof is the key to allowing it to provide protection as long as it can, so some slate roof repairs are necessary to extend the life cycle of the slate roof, especially if damaged during a heavy storm or hurricane. A slate roof repair should be fixed by trained professional slater. Don’t hesitate to ask for pictures of previous slate roof repair jobs completed in the Norfolk, Portsmouth and Newport News neighborhoods, credentials from slate roofing associations, references and always ask for certification and insurance.
The pictures below of a 100 year old Buckingham slate roof in Norfolk shows one example of a poorly maintained slate roof. Notice in the first picture how one piece of slate is missing. Then in another location on the same slope of this slate roof is an example of an extremely poor slate roof repair performed previously by an untrained local roofer. These faulty repairs led to additional damage and the homeowner having to pay for the same repair twice. During the normal course of the repairs, once the slate was removed in the repair area, additional damage was found in that same area, revealing a piece of wood rot caused from 20 years of neglect. Rain, wind and severe storms find no mercy without the proper protection of a watertight and properly maintained slate roof. New roof decking was installed and the Buckingham slate roof was properly repaired, which will extend the service life for at least another 100 years.
Buckingham slate roofs last over 200 years with proper maintenance and repair. Buckingham slate is the longest lasting slate in America, which is often why it is found on commercial buildings and churches that will last for centuries. Doesn’t get much better than that! Oh, but wait, there’s more! Notice in the picture above how there is just a slight difference from the 100 year old slate that’s already been on the home to the newly installed slate. Can I get an Ohhhhhh…Ahhhhhh! It’s simply amazing how amazing Buckingham slate is! Have a slate roof on your home and have questions about it? We have answers! Several of our foreman are instructors at the Hampton Roads Slate Roofing School, in addition to being members of the National Slate Association and Slate Roofing Contractors Association.