Finding, Repairing, And Preventing Damage To Your Tile Roof

Is the roof on your home looking a little worse for the wear? Learn tips for identifying when you need to replace your roof.

Finding, Repairing, And Preventing Damage To Your Tile Roof

15 September 2018
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One of the advantages of a tile roof besides being attractive is that it is easy to repair. Tiles are durable and they don't damage easily, but it's possible for a tile to crack if it isn't walked on properly or if a projectile hits it during a storm. Here's a look at repairing a tile roof.

Find The Source Of The Leak

Your first indication of a roof leak might be when you hear dripping when it rains. When this happens, take a look in the attic to see if you can tell where the water is coming through the roof. Remember that the leak may not be right above the drip. The water might enter the roof at a higher point and roll a distance before it drips. This will verify you have a roof leak and give you an idea where the broken tile is located.

Examine The Tiles

You can look at your roof tiles with binoculars or a drone and scan for signs of damage. Look for loose tiles, cracked tiles, and accumulated twigs or leaves that could be creating a dam in the roof valley. It's probably best not to get up on the roof yourself unless you're handy with home repairs and know how to walk on a tile roof.

If you don't step on the roof correctly, you can cause even more damage. By looking from the ground, you can get an idea of the amount and type of damage so you can discuss the problem with a roofer.

Repair The Leak

A roofer has a few options for repairing damaged roof tiles. If a tile is knocked out of place, it can be repositioned, but if it has a big crack across it, it will need to be replaced. Some small cracks can be repaired with filler, but cracked tiles are often replaced because it's a fairly easy job and individual tiles are affordable, and you may even have a few spares saved back for repairs. If there's a problem with debris in a valley, the roofer might need to take off a few tiles to clear out the twigs, and then replace the tiles.

Prevent Future Problems

You can't do anything to stop a bad storm from causing damage, although if you know a storm is coming, you should remove objects from your yard that could slam into your house. You may also want to keep trees trimmed away from your roof to reduce the risk of damage from falling limbs.

One of the most important things you can do to prevent future damage is to keep people off of the roof if they aren't roofers. Even other home repair professionals or contractors might damage the roof if they don't know how to walk on tile. Contact a tile roofing service for more help.

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How's the roof on your home looking? The roofing on your home should look nice and it should keep out any rain or snow. When your roofing begins to fail, you will find the sandy particles in your gutters and possibly on the ground below. There are several signs that will alert you to the need of a roofing replacement. Our blog will show you what signs to be aware of so that you can quickly identify the problems before they spread from the outside of your home to the inside of it causing far more damage.