What You Need to Know to Extend the Life of Your Tile Roof?

Life of Your Tile RoofA tile roof is a considerable investment for your home and in order to get the most out of tile roofing materials you need to make sure that you are able to perform the right general maintenance! Here are some top considerations that you can make to extend the life of your tile roof!

Perform Repairs and Cleaning

In order to improve the lifespan of your roof you need to make sure that you can keep up with cleaning and repairs. Semi annual inspections are an excellent way to take a look at the condition of your tile roof and regular and safe cleaning with the help of a contractor can basically double the lifespan of any of your tile roofing materials! 

Fixing Up Cracked or Broken Tiles

A cracked or broken roofing tile can quickly lead to decay across the underlayment of your roofing materials. Rather than facing a chance for leaks or breakdown of the underlayment, regularly repairing cracked tiles can ensure that you can protect your roofing systems into the future. If you’ve noticed the signs of cracked tiles across your roof it is very important that you contact a professional roofing contractor as soon as possible. We recommend yearly inspections on your roof with the help of a professional. 

Extra Flashing

In order to upgrade the installation of your roof, you should consider the idea of installing top and valley flashing. This extra flashing can protect the exposed underlayment and prevent failures. There are areas across your roof that are much more prone to leaks due to sun exposure, added water flow and decay. Having extra flashing in place helps withstand some of these added pressures and extends the lifespan of your roof. Upgrading the flashing across your roof or installing extra flashing can be more costly, but it is well worth it when you consider the added lifespan to your roofing system. 

Don’t Pressure Wash Your Roof

Pressure cleaning roofing tiles is something that a professional should always take on. Pressure cleaning your roof if you are inexperienced with cleaning roofing tiles could lead to damage, cracking and decay. Using the right roofing cleaning materials and making sure that you are using the right pressures is important to maintaining your roofing structure. 

Keep Surrounding Trees Trimmed

Any items that hang over your roof can cause issues and it’s important for you to regularly trim your trees or branches. Trimming back trees can make sure that you are able to prevent ongoing damage to your tiles. Keeping surrounding trees trimmed back will keep vegetation off your roof that can lead to rot and other issues and prevent the chance that pests like palm rats will find their way into your roofing systems. 

After Storm Inspections

Even though tile roofs are designed to tough out storms and higher winds, you will need to receive ongoing inspections after a storm has occurred. High winds can place extra pressure on your roofing materials and a roofing contractor will be able to diagnose if there are issues with your roof. You can cover these repairs under an insurance claim but you will need to get an inspection done after any major storm to have the repairs covered under insurance. 

If you would like to learn more about how to keep your roofing tiles performing their best, contact Old Time Roofing today for more information!