The Importance Of Tile Roof Maintenance
omes are ever-changing, building designs, materials used in the construction of homes, and the types of roofs. While some tried and tested roofing materials of the past, such as wood shingles and metal roofing, have remained popular, concrete tile roofing has become the known ‘best’ type of roofing material, for many reasons.
Mainly, it is because of the hardy nature of concrete compared to any other material used for roofing, and, the fact that concrete Terracotta tiles will not catch fire, that home owners are flocking to re-roof their homes with it. Another reason is that these roof tiles require minimum maintenance, when compared to other roofing materials.
While nothing lasts forever, the maintenance of concrete roof tiles can make sure that your home is preserved for decades to come.
Roof Tile Maintenance and Preservation of Your Home
A long-lasting home is only possible with a solid, well maintained roof. And, there is no better roofing material that can preserve your home as long as concrete tile roofs can. Under perfect conditions roofs should last for decades, however, life seems to consistently surprise property owners and the chore of maintaining a house is needed, some years more than others.
Concrete roofing tiles, as hardy as these are, can become damaged and pose a risk to your home, specifically when it rains as water can find its way under the roof and cause damage to your home. How can concrete roof tiles become damaged? Well, the main cause of roof tile damage is by trees and tree branches falling on them. Also, people mounting roofs with ladders, and then walking about on them damage roof tiles, this is because most people are unfamiliar with roof construction and don’t know where to step safely.
Basically, cracked or loosened roof tiles is a serious problem, especially if living in areas where it is humid or rains often, as every time water reaches the roof potential water damage can occur. That is why roof tile maintenance and preservation of your home work together. So, to make sure your roof is in good shape it is recommended to have it inspected regularly, as recommended by roofing professionals.
Concrete Tiles Weaknesses
One of the biggest problems we see with concrete roof tiles is the shady roofers who fit them. Since concrete tiles are heavier than their counterparts, they require stronger structures to support them. When owners decide to change the roof from shingles to roof tiles, many roofers neglect to reinforce the roof structure which causes entire sections of the roof to collapse.
The main reason concrete tiles fail is due to the weather. While concrete tiles have a high resistance to wind, they are not completely resistant to high winds, and with the hurricanes, we experience in Florida, the tiles can easily be blown away. Concrete tiles also have a porous texture. This means there are a lot of small holes on the surface of the concrete, which water can get trapped in after it rains. The heating and cooling of stone tiles due to sunshine and rain can also lead to tile cracking. Furthermore, these pockets of water allow moss and mildew to thrive and grow, which can discolor and stain your roof.
Strategies To Concrete Tile Roof Repair
Knowing when your concrete tile roof needs repair is the most important part. Once you have identified what needs to be repaired, you can find a service to suit your needs. Should your roof be stained or growing moss, it can be killed by scrubbing the roof clean with chemical solutions like chlorine bleach. A trend that has seen a lot of growth is pressure washing your roof to remove stains. Pressure washers use a combination of high-pressure water, heat, and an optional soap to clean your roof, however, it is recommended that you have a professional roof cleaning service to do this for you as high-pressure water jets are dangerous and can cause bodily harm if not used properly. They can also cause permanent erosion and damage to your roof tiles if used on too high a pressure for too long.
The more difficult repairs come when roof tiles are cracked or have fallen out which leads to large leaks. When a roof tile has cracked enough that it has caused a leak, there is only one real solution – replace the damaged tile. While this may sound simple, it can become a larger job depending on where in the roof tile is. Since roof tiles are designed to interlock with one another and are held in place with mortar, it is often required that several roof tiles around the damaged tile be removed carefully, while breaking and removing the mortar holding the tiles without breaking any other tiles. Once the tile is replaced, mortar is replaced as needed to match the style of the rest of the house. A similar approach is taken when roof tiles become loose or fall out completely.
Tile Roof Maintenance: Have You Inspected Your Roof Lately?
Home ownership brings great joy to many, but with it, comes the dreaded word – home maintenance. However, home maintenance doesn’t have to be a burden if you set time aside each year to prevent tomorrow’s problems. This means giving equal importance to both the interior and exterior. Take your roof for instance. Roofs get more abuse from the elements than any other part of your home, and preventative maintenance is a key component to providing a longer service life.
Whether it’s a commercial or residential roof, all roofing systems require some sort of maintenance throughout the year. Concrete tile roofs, under normal conditions, require minimal upkeep. Semi-annual inspections should be done to identify and solve problems as they occur. An ideal time to perform these inspections would be at the end of winter, as well as towards the end of the summer season.
When inspecting your roof and the surrounding areas be sure to:
- Check downspout exits to ensure they haven’t been crushed or crumpled, which can restrict drainage.
- Inspect and clear debris from rooftop gutters and header boxes.
- Remove leaves and debris from the rooftop.
- Do not try to remove the debris with a hose because that may cause downspouts to clog.
- Take note on whether the roof appears unusually sunken or if water is ponding anywhere.
- Clean before visually inspecting the roof for signs of weathering.
- Check the property surrounding the building for tall trees with dead limbs.
- Trim trees and bushes away from your home to minimize mold and algae growth.
- Inside your home, check interior walls and ceilings for water damage.
Cleaning is Necessary
There are many benefits to regular cleaning of your tile roof. Whether your tiles are composed of clay or concrete, a regular cleaning will prevent the buildup of dirt and debris from affecting the tiles. It will also prevent the growth of moss and mildew. Left unchecked, an excess of unwanted organic matter on your roof will hold and collect moisture which can eventually block your gutters and cause your roofing system to support unnecessary weight.
Unfortunately, for many homeowners it is more beneficial to leave the unsightly moss and algae on the roof. Regular pressure washing can do more harm than good on a tile roof. Along with washing away the dirt, it can also cause pitting and damage to the tiles, making them susceptible to damage and even more moss and algae growth. If the person cleaning your roof isn’t a professional roofer, they may be unfamiliar with the nuances of working with clay or concrete tiles.
Tiles can be sensitive and foot traffic will often cause them to crack. Make sure you have someone up there who knows what they are doing and can fix a problem if it occurs. Aside from the dirt and debris, there may be other issues with your tile roof: faulty underlayment, missing top flashing, and other problems that a professional roofer can identify before they become a serious problem.
Leave it to the Professionals
A well-maintained roof can be essential for the security and safety of those living in your house. A solid roof will keep your house structurally sound, helping prevent damage to the living spaces. This is because without cracks, your roof will stop any water from leaking in, preventing water damage, rot, and mould. Without leaks and moisture, your dry wall will remain intact, your walls will stay clean, and your electrical system will continue to function safely and properly.
A strong, solid roof will also prevent snakes and other pests from entering your home. It is therefore evident that a strong roof is necessary to keep you safe and prevent dangerous hazards from negatively affecting your living condition.
Some people prefer to look for cracks and damage themselves, instead of hiring South Cross Roofing’s professionals. But the wear and tear may not always be as clear and visible as cracks or holes. Our experienced team knows the hidden signs to look for, what to fix, and how to fix it before the issue worsens.
Additionally, professional roofers have experience working on potentially dangerous roofs; they know the right techniques for remaining safe. Your roof may seem structurally sound, but this may not always be the case. Our roofers can expertly identify weak points to avoid and prevent injury and further damage to the structure – and to yourself.