11:50AM | 07/07/03
Member Since: 07/06/03
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I have an old victorian home. The slate roof is good shape, but is weathered looking. Is there a way to clean slate without causing any damage? Thanks for any help.

M Sagle

12:22PM | 09/10/03
Member Since: 09/09/03
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Most types of slate weather naturally over time, and this look adds character to an old home.

If the weathered effect is not to your liking, you may be able to do something about it.

If the surface is polluted from particles in the air over time, you may be able to power-wash the roof. You must be careful not to use enough force to break the slate. Some old slates are too soft for power-washing.

If the weathering is from lichen or some other biological growth, you can spray the roof with bleach, then rinse with a hose. If left unrinsed too long, the bleach may alter the color of the slate. Also, as you rinse the bleach from the roof, it will collect in the gutters and run down to the ground where it may harm flowerbeds or your lawn.

All in all, you should choose a contractor who has experience in cleaning slate roofs. Ask for references and photos of work he's done.

Good luck!


12:17PM | 08/15/14
I have never had a slate roof so I don't know the best way to wash it. I just hose down my roof and it's fine. I bet any roofing contractor would know the best way to clean slate, though. You could call around and ask a few professionals to see what they say.
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