How to Slate a Gable End

Updated February 21, 2017

A slate roof is durable and is found in areas of the country where slate is prominent. Pieces of slate are formed into thin tiles, which can be used for roofing. The gable end of a roof is the vertical triangular wall usually located on the front of the house. Careful precautions must be taken when you are applying slate to the gable end of a roof.

Measure the length and width of the gable end of the roof. Multiply the two together to get the total square footage for the area.

Roll out 30-pound roofing felt beginning at one end and working toward the other. Have a partner roll out the felt while you staple it to the front of the house. Insert a staple every 8-inches around the entire area of felt with a staple gun.

Cut off the felt at the end of the first row with a utility knife and overlap the second row by 4-inches. Continue up the front of the house until it is completely covered in 30-pound roofing felt.

Line up the first starter slate at the bottom corner and hammer it in place with roofing nails. Insert three equally spaced nails into the centre of each piece of slate and butt the pieces together. Continue until the first row is complete.

Measure up from the starter slate the size of the pieces of slate and subtract 1-1/2-inches to allow for overhang. Snap a chalk line across the front of the house. Repeat the process all the way up.

Overlap the first piece of slate over the starter slate by 1-1/2-inches so it is flush with the chalk line and install it just like the starter slate was installed. Butt the pieces together and install the second row just like the first. Continue up the wall until the entire gable end of the house is covered in slate.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • 30-pound roofing felt
  • Staples
  • Staple gun
  • Utility knife
  • Starter slate
  • Hammer
  • Roofing nails
  • Chalk line
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