Repairing a tile roof is fairly simple, The ability of a tile roof to help keep the heat out of the home and the overall beauty of tile roofing systems is one of the reasons for the popularity of the roofing material in Florida. Unfortunately, roofing tiles can crack and must be replaced. Before you climb up to remove the damaged tiles and replace them, make sure that your cosmetic remedy is not doing more harm than good.
Now is the best time to call in a Miami roofing professional to do a complete inspection of the entire roofing system to make sure that there is no damage that in not clearly visible. They will check for tiles that have become loose and will allow moisture to creep in. The areas around sky lights and vents will be checked to make sure that they have the proper seal. The professional roofers will look for damage around all the seams so that future problems are stopped before they start.
Re-tiling over water damaged materials will cause bigger problems down the road that could mean that the entire roof will have to be replaced. It could also present the possibility that your home could be susceptible to structural damage caused by rot. Looking for a potential problem before it has a chance to escalate could help you protect your family and personal possessions in the future.
Once it’s clear that the roofing system is in good shape, the replacement of the damaged tiles can be done with a few simple tools. A safe ladder, pry bar and replacement nails or adhesive in addition to the replacement tiles is usually all that is needed. Don’t overlook wearing the proper shoes for the job to prevent slipping from the roof.
Gently lift the tiles surrounding the damaged tiles with the pry bar and insert a spacer so that you can remove the cracked tile. Once the damaged tiles have been removed, inspect the exposed area closely to make sure that there is no damage to the roof itself. If the original tiles were fastened with nails, the new tiles should be attached in the same manner. Newer tile roofs are laid using an adhesive bond instead of nails. Look for adhesive that offers the greatest protection against wind and heavy rain for the replacement tiles for the room.
When working on any tile roof, take special care not to break any more of the tiles, as they are fragile and easily cracked. If at all possible, it’s usually best to have your tile roof repaired by a licensed roofing contractor.