Problems With Tile Roofing

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Tile roofing distinguishes your home with a classic style. Unfortunately, various problems can arise with a tile roof that you may need to address and repair to prevent damage to your roof.

Repairs

  • According to Fixaroof.com, a common problem that plagues many tile roofs is the tile quality. There is high demand for tile roofs, and such a demand can flood the market with low-quality tiles. Your tiles should be ASTM certified, which ensures that the tile is of a certain structural quality that will not break or deteriorate with proper use.

    Despite using a certified tile, occasionally your roof requires repair. The most common repair is fixing leaks that occur beneath the tile. Use a professional roof repair specialist to correctly remove the tile and repair the leak. You may also have an occasional tile that breaks from objects striking your roof. Do not neglect these tiles; have them replaced as soon as possible.

Climate and Tile Roofs

  • Another common problem that affects your tile roof's longevity is climate. Tile is a product made from porous materials and is susceptible to moisture and weather. If you live in the northern areas of the United States, be wary of mold and mildew buildup between the tiles. In these areas, do not remove snow buildup from your roof. Snow does not adversely affect your tile, and more often than not the removal process causes actual damage to your tile. Humid southern areas of the United States also must contend with mold and mildew, and you should have your roof regularly inspected and treated to prevent mold and mildew buildup.

Tips and Warnings

  • If you decide to make minor repairs on your own, be exceptionally careful when walking on the tile. It is both a slippery and a delicate material. Walking directly on the tile will often break the tile. Create a pathway with foam padding and plywood on which you can walk to repair your tile roof's problems. Always avoid the more fragile tile pieces, which sit on the edges and corners of the roof. The strongest tiles are the "butt" tiles that overlap each other.

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