If you live in a home with tile roofing you likely know that one of the benefits is its longevity over asphalt shingle roofing. You may not know the actual age of the roof or its maintenance history, so knowing if it’s time for a roof replacement or if repairs can be done may be difficult. Before you call a tile roof repair company for a roofing inspection, here are a few things you should know.
Tile Maintenance Issues
One of the biggest signs of poor roof maintenance is the growth of moss or mildew on the tiles. If your only roofing issue is the moss/mildew/algae, you can get it cleaned or, in some cases, clean it yourself. For the most part, this doesn’t lead to a total roof replacement but sometimes you do need to replace some tiles. This is because moss can grow in the cracks of the tile making the cracks large enough that they can’t be sealed. Your tile roof repair company can advise you the extent of the damage and about cleaning the moss from the roof.
Another commonly missed maintenance item for tile is applying a roof coating regularly. Roof coatings help seal tiny cracks and close the porous surface of the tiles themselves. Different types of tile and different tile coating brands have different recommendations.
General Roof Maintenance
No matter what type of roof you have, good maintenance practices help it last. Although the benefit of longevity of the tiles themselves is great, if the rest of your roof doesn’t last, you’ll still need a roof replacement sooner than you’d like. That means scheduling regular roofing inspections with your tile roofing company. Your roofer will inspect not only the tiles themselves but also the flashing, vents, gutters, soffits, fascia, and roof deck.
Things like roof leaks due to poorly installed or maintained flashing can create big problems. If a roof leak was left for any extended period, it may cause the roof deck damage which will then lead to a roof replacement.
Just like any service requiring a contractor, get a few estimates before you decide if the right answer is to repair or replace. Knowing a tile roof repair company you trust inspecting your roof regularly will help delay the time between roof replacements. Russ Noyes Roofing handles tile roof repair and offers the Overhead Care Club as a great maintenance option so your roof does last as long as it should. Call to learn more about the Overhead Care Club or schedule your roofing inspection today – 407-388-7700.