As a traditional, natural roofing material, slate provides beauty, high fire resistance, versatility and strength. A slate roof increases your home’s aesthetic appeal and value. Slate is unparalleled in design, longevity and energy conservation.
Our skilled craftsmen at G.F. Sprague have worked on thousands of slate roofs in the area and they know how to analyze and address any circumstance or problem. We are able to provide a cost-effective solution for your slate roofing application.
Although slates can last up to 200 years, problems can occur through:
- Poor design that creates high wear areas,
- Worn flashings where the metal wears out,
- Poor maintenance, simple neglect or the use of inappropriate repair materials like tar or caulking, which can trap water causing rot and leaks.
At GF Sprague, we believe that slate roofing is a true “lost art.” Our slaters and coppersmiths have the experience in working with slate and copperwork to get the job done right, and to provide you with a beautiful, durable roof.
Slate Roof Repair
Even the best slate roofs do require upkeep. For example, all slates will split under the pressure of expanding ice. Also, metal flashings that are critical to keeping water out will wear away after about 50 years.
Therefore it is critical to conduct a regular inspection and maintenance schedule every three years, or whenever you notice missing or broken slates, or when you see can daylight through the roof. Left unrepaired your roof will deteriorate beyond the point of simple repair.
It’s best to develop a relationship with a qualified slate restoration company that has a proven track record. Just as slate roof installation requires special skills, the maintenance, repair and restoration of a slate roof is unique in its demands. GF Sprague has been trusted to maintain many properties for over the past 40 years. Contact us today for a free no obligation evaluation.
We truly recognize and appreciate the value of your roof and have the expertise to repair it so that you can enjoy leak-free protection for many years to come.
A Message By Jerry Sprague, the Owner of G.F. Sprague & Co. Inc.
Four Compelling Reasons to Trust & Work with G.F. Sprague & Co.Inc.
- 40-Yr Warranty
- 5-Star Service
- Certs & Insurances
G.F. Sprague and Co. Inc. provides you a 40 yr. Workmanship Warranty on any of the work we complete for you. Our warranty is more than 2-TIMES the average warranty issued in Massachusetts. When you measure value, and the power of anyone’s word, see for how long they are able to honor it. Get the very best workmanship warranty in Massachusetts, choose G.F. Sprague & Co. Inc.
The commitment of every person who works at GF Sprague is to ensure your experience with GF Sprague as effortless and rewarding as possible. You understand your project is the hands of experienced experts, however we also desire to provide the peace of mind that comes with knowing we are always present to support and serve YOU throughout the process, with open correspondence and a willing attitude. To help accomplish that objective we have set up the GF Sprague 5-Star Service Program. We want you to grade us in many important areas so that we know we are doing our job without issue, or to discover where we must improve. IF, AT ANY TIME DURING YOUR PROJECT, YOU FEEL WE ARE NOT LIVING UP TO OUR GOAL OF A “5-STAR” PERFORMANCE RATING, PLEASE TELL US! WE’D LIKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO RESPOND TO YOUR ISSUES IMMEDIATELY. At the completion of your project, we’ll ask you to fill out a 5- Star Service review form. We want your honesty! We at GF Sprague truly do want to be made aware of how well we achieved (or exceeded!) your goals. We are thankful for the trust you have entrusted in our team members and GF Sprague, and we promise to really work hard to earn your trust.
Massachusetts DCAM Certification – G.F. Sprague DCAM License #08-0165
The Division of Capital Asset Management (DCAM) is the state agency responsible for significant public construction and real estate work for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The agency promotes quality and integrity in the Commonwealth’s house construction and real estate operations. A DCAM certificate is the only license that qualifies a contractor for a specific trade, and the contractor is required to be recertified by DCAM every year. This certification process and commitment makes it a good measure of the quality of a contractor.
The best manufacturers want to instill confidence that their products are being properly utilized, and the manufacturers put contractors through training, testing and (in some cases) retesting before granting certification. In many circumstances, manufacturer certification of the contractor is required in order for the product warranty to be valid. Many manufacturers also require contractors to receive refresher training and to update their certifications each year. Be sure to ask to review the manufacturers’ certifications before employing a roofing company, and be sure your quote has everything required to prevent voiding the manufacturer’s warranty.
Massachusetts Construction License
– G.F. Sprague Construction License #cs20976, with no exceptions
Unfortunately this license requires little knowledge and no previous experience specific to a certain trade; like roofing. The one-time exam is based on general home codes and solely new construction, not re-roofing and with few questions related specifically to roofing. Although your city or town may only require a Ma Construction License for a roofing contractor to purchase a permit, it does not make the contractor is qualified to work on your roof.
Home Improvement Contractor Registration (HIC) – G.F. Sprague HIC Registration #104531
The only requirement for this certification is that the roofer enter a registration form and pay into a fund. There is no qualifying or testing of the roofer’s knowledge or experience. Just about anybody can get this registration license.
Insurance Coverage Certificates
A certificate of insurance clearly lists the forms of insurance carried by a contractor, including the coverage limits and expiration dates. Insist on reviewing all certificates of insurance e.g.workman’s compensation, liability, vehicle; before employing any roofing company. At GF Sprague, all of our insurance certificates are available upon request.
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Roofing in Ma
Your roof is the single most critical structural system for guarding against your home against wind gusts, storms and animals. Therefore, it has to be built to withstand sun burnout, wind lift up, torrential driving rains, heavy snow, ice back ups, thunderstorms, animals clawing, knawing, pecking to get in, rotting, falling leaves and branches cutting through whatever Mother Nature can throw at it!
Gutters in Ma
almost all of us would eliminate gutters altogether if we could. So why are gutters necessary on most homes? The reason why is house design, construction and the surrounding terrain, the water coming down on your roofing must be carried away from the house. Without gutters, water and ice would wear away your siding, windows, lower roofs, foundation, landscaping and anything in the way of cascading water in all forms.
Chimneys in Ma
Your chimney experiences the same bad weather and elements as your roof system, and will (can) also experience damage and deterioration. Your homes’ chimney should be inspected on a regular basis, preferably in the spring or early summer when cold season is past. This way, you’ll minimize any destruction and allocate enough time to schedule any repairs you may require prior to a new heating season starts in the fall.
Replacement Windows in Ma
New replacement windows can be one of your homes most appealing features. New replacement windows can provide you with convenient ventilation, ease of use, superior natural light, and cleaning convenience not experienced with older windows. If you own an older house, or inefficient windows, you might be throwing up to 30% of your heating and cooling dollars out the window, literally. On average for the year 2011 the owner could expect to recover approximately 69% upon the sale of the home when replacing their less efficient windows. Now there are a multitude manufacturers of windows, it can be frustrating trying to select a top quality replacement window. Of course every window producer or window salesperson states to have the best product.
Radiant Barrier in Ma
The insulation in your home’s attic is made to slow down the transfer of heat from inside the space beneath your roof. With even the thickest, most effective insulation needs assistance. That’s where Radiant Barrier comes in. Radiant Barrier is a layer of high-tech material that covers over your present insulation and reflects the escaping heat back into your home to keep you very warm all winter. In the summer, Radiant Barrier serves to reflect attic heat away from your home’s interior to keep you cool and comfortable.
Ice Dam Removal in Ma
The below freezing temperatures and snowfall which occur across New England in Winter (and into the early Spring) can produce a dangerous condition known as “ice dams.” An ice dam happens when the temperature of the interior of your home’s attic is warmer than temperature of your roof. Snow and ice on the heated surface of the roof melt from the bottom up, and the resulting water flows down toward your gutters.
Storm Damage Repairs in Ma
Call us at 781-455-0556 for 24-hr emergency home repairs. If your roof, gutter, or chimney should experience a small leak to massive damage as a result of high wind, rain, snow, ice dams, downed trees or utility poles, you often cannot wait for a sunny day to make repairs! Or if your chimney or gutters are damaged and immediate repair is necessary, there is only one company to call: Call the experts from GF Sprague! Our Emergency Response Team is “on call” 24 hours to provide emergency repairs.
Emergency Repairs in Ma
24 HOUR EMERGENCY REPAIR SERVICES FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES, CALL 781-455-0556. If your roofing, gutters, or chimneys should experience a small leak to massive damage as a result of high wind, rains, snow, roof ice, downed trees or utility poles, you often can’t wait for a sunny time to make repairs! Or if your chimney or gutters are damaged and immediate repair is required, there is only one call to make: Call the experts from GF Sprague!
- Roofing Repair & Installation
- Gutters & Flashing
- Radiant Barrier
- Ice Dam Problems
- Storm Damage
- 24 Hour Emergency Repair
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Nichole Hoban is a guest blogger for G.F. Sprague & Co. Inc. She specializes in roofing, windows, gutters, and other home improvement topics.