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.