A tile roof comes with many benefits. From a life expectancy that far outshines that of standard shingle roofing, to a gorgeous, luxury look, there are many reasons to choose a tile roof for your home. Additionally, for buildings in areas of harsh weather conditions, such as hurricanes, tile roofs perform much better, thanks to their impeccable durability. However, tile roof repair can be a delicate process, and should only be done by an experienced contractor. Here we will discuss 5 things you need to know about tile roof repair.
Your tile roof can be remarkably durable, but if your underlayment is faulty, your roof will need repair. It is important when having a tile roof installed or repaired, to be sure your contractor is using only the highest quality materials, and the underlayment is no exception.
It can be more than just a couple of tiles.
Sure, sometimes a tile roof repair is a simple patch of just one or two tiles. Those are the dream repairs. However, more often than not, the repair will be more extensive, requiring repair to underlayment and supporting wood. Only a thorough inspection by an experienced contractor will determine the true extent of your tile roof repair needs. Putting a small patch on a larger problem will only cause headaches down the line.
Tile matching is an art.
If your tile roof repair is a fairly simple patch job, it’s very important for your contractor to properly match your tiles. Some companies very wisely maintain a stock of salvaged roof tile, making it much easier for them to find the exact tile that you need. If an exact match isn’t possible, contractors can pull tiles from the most hidden areas of your roof and transplant them, per say, to visible areas. They will then use close, but not exact, matching tiles to fill in the places where tiles were removed. The last option for tile matching is to have custom tiles made. This process is not generally recommended though, as it is extremely hard to do well, and can be very costly.
The right nails are crucial.
Cut-rate contractors will sometimes use sub-par nails when initially installing a tile roof. The quality of the nails make a huge difference how long the roof will not fail. Tile roof repairs can be needed when poorly installed roofs begin to leak, due to cheap nail failure. In this case, the entire roof of tiles must be removed and re-installed with the proper nails.
Experienced craftsmen can predict problems.
An experienced roofing contractor can often recognize warning signs which others with less experience will be able to pick up. Catching potential issues early is one of the most effective ways of ensuring the longevity of your roof.
Determining the scope of your tile roof repair is a simple inspection away. Don’t risk major damage and costly repairs by putting off a regular inspection of your tile roof. Contact us today for hassle free scheduling with a contractor you can trust.