Caring For a Tile RoofGil Stein
Caring For a Tile Roof
A tile roof adds a sense of elegance and charm to a home, but as you probably know, the tiles tend to break easily. Being a tile roof owner, you ought to be pro-active in caring for your roof in order to protect your investment, and keep your family safe from the elements. This is not a difficult task by any means, but for long-term tile roof preservation, it must be done properly.
Walk On Your Tile Roof the Correct Way
Although roof tiles are durable against weather, they are delicate to concentrated weight, like your body weight. Walking on them carelessly can cause them to crack or break. So, if you need to walk on your tile roof for whatever reason, here’s the proper procedure for getting around up there.
- Make sure you put on sturdy shoes with non-slip soles
- Step on the lower part of each tile, where it overlaps with the tile beneath it. The tile will be stronger here, and less likely to break.
- Place your foot so that its arch goes over the curve of the tile.
- Walk slowly and delicately, keeping your weight evenly divided between both feet as much as possible. Make sure your feet are on separate tiles, to minimize the weight you put onto one area.
Inspect It Carefully
Start in one area and slowly look along each row of tiles, watching for cracks or other kinds of damage. Work your way around the roof so you can get a good look at all of the tiles. Do this kind of visual inspection at least annually, and also if anything falls on the roof, like tree limbs.
Contact Your Roofing Contractor
If you spot any damaged tiles, arrange to have them repaired as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more likely the crack will lead to leaks inside your home and other possible damages.
Give It a Good Clean
The occasional tile cleaning is definitely necessary. While standing on a ladder, use a pressure washer to spray dirt, mold and other debris from the roof. Keep in mind not to set the pressure too high, and make sure the nozzle is at least a couple feet from the tile. If you live in an area like Florida that is prone to moss growth, then you’ll probably need to pressure wash more often than if you lived in arid climate.
If you’re not exactly fit to frequently pressure wash your tile roofing, or if you’re just down right lazy, there are sealants you can purchase that will help prevent moss and algae growth on the tile surface.
If you have any questions on how to care for your tile roofing, or if you’ve spotted some tiles in desperate need of repair, don’t hesitate to contact Hercules Roofing, your Florida roofing restoration and installation contractors. We’re Florida’s strongest roofing company!