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SLATE ROOF REPAIRS by Les Gove Tread lightly on the slates, and follow these simple steps Slate is a very desirable roofing mate- lap. Bear in mind two factors: Slate rial. Once the hard, dense stone is prop- comes in even lengths only—12, 14, 16 erly laid, it will require little inches and so on-so you may have to maintenance to keep is in prime condi- round up. Also, steeper roofs such as tion. And as a product of nature, a slate mansards, or improperly laid roofs, may roof will permanently add to the ap- have only 2 inches of headlap (the area pearance and character of a building. covered by three shingle