The installation checklist

How to avoid five common slate roof system installation mistakes


Since it was first quarried in the U.S. during the 19th century, natural slate has been a defining feature of historical residential and commercial architecture. Slate still is considered an exceptionally beautiful, reliable and practical roofing material—but it must be installed properly. Having withstood the test of time, there is a reason why the demand for slate has consistently been high.

However, the material is not ideal for all installations. If you are less experienced or less familiar with the installation intricacies of natural slate, it's helpful to become familiar with five common mistakes made while installing slate roof systems.

Considering field feedback from roof system installers, as well as reputable sources such as The Slate Roof Bible by Joseph Jenkins, the following are the five most common mistakes made while installing slate roofing.

No. 1