As with any construction material, slates come in various types. Slates vary in terms of their quality, material type, their size and of course thickness. Whatever slate you eventually choose, will determine how you will work to get your roof up. Slates come with nail holes and you have to make sure that you get those slates positioned so as to allow the nail to be inserted on top of the underlying slate’s head. This will ensure that there won’t be any leaks.
Once you have chosen the kind of slate that is going to form your roof, get the right amount of slates. If you fall short, and you return to the shop, you may find that those slates are gone and you will have a roof which looks like a patch work. Buy extra slates for some plates could get damaged during the roof building process. It is not a bad idea to get the starter slates separately.
The standard tools for slate roofing includes a slate ripper, cutter and a slate hammer. If you don’t want to end up with slates which have a square edge, then avoid using a diamond saw and stick to the slate cutter which gives you a nice finish.
Slate roofing will use a lot of nails. So, use nails which are made of aluminium or stainless steel because they do not rust as compared to iron nails. If you live in an area with severe weather conditions then copper nails are the ones to go with. The nail length is of critical importance in slate roofing because the nails should go only deep enough into the roof deck. Anything further, you are looking at a damage to the wooden boards.