Storm Damage? Tile Roof Repair Basics

Tile roofs are a popular roofing material in the west central coast of Florida. Not only are tile roofs beautiful, they can add to the value of your home while being a long-lasting option that can withstand our local weather quite nicely. This durability keeps you from having to worry about tile roof repair.

Still, as with any roof, it is important to understand how best to take care of a tile roof to ensure it lasts as long as possible. If you have a tile roof on your home in a Tampa, St. Petersburg or Clearwater community, here are some tile roof repair and maintenance tips to make sure it remains in great shape for decades to come.

Tile roofs can last for more than 40 years or more. But that doesn’t mean they are maintenance-free. After storms roll through Pinellas County, homeowners should make a visual inspection of their roof from the ground. Unless you are a highly trained roofing professional, don’t take the risk of walking on a tile roof. This can lead to broken or cracked tiles. It can also void a tile roof warranty, as well potentially causing injury from a fall.

What to Look For

After the storm has passed, use binoculars to carefully scan your roof from the safety of your lawn. Here’s what to look for:

  • Wind-borne debris, such as branches
  • Pitted, cracked or broken tiles
  • Loose or missing hip and ridge cap tiles
  • Missing sealant between tiles at critical junctures of your roof, including the roof ridge, ridge vent, valley, gable, dormers, around chimneys, vents and eaves
  • Loose tiles, which can be an immediate danger if they become airborne by strong winds
  • Rainwater penetration

Rainwater Damage

A strong storm can produce excessive rain that can overwhelm a tile roof system. If rainwater runs under the tiles, it can soak into and deteriorate the underlayment. If not repaired, it can lead to rotting decking and water penetration into your attic. This can cause a cascading set of major repairs, including rotting wood facia, mold remediation and insulation replacement.

If you suspect rainwater damage, call Classic Roofing & Construction and we will schedule a free consultation to discover if you need tile roof repair. In St. Petersburg, Tampa or surrounding areas, some roofing companies will attempt to sell you on the need for an entirely new roof. But that’s not necessarily required. If damage is limited to a small section of the roof, it can be repaired. Our experts can confirm where the leakage is happening, remove the tile and underlayment from that section, replace it with new underlayment, then reinstall the tiles properly.

Repairing Tile

When storms roll though Pinellas County, they can be accompanied by strong winds that launch debris into the sky. When it collides with a tile roof, it can cause roof tiles to crack or break. If not repaired, the leakage can damage the integrity of the underlayment, and ultimately your home.

If a tile is cracked in two pieces, it can be repaired using roofing adhesives. Some adhesives are available to DIYers. Other contractor grade adhesives aren’t sold to the public. If you don’t want to deal with sometimes-tricky tile repairs or the dangers of climbing on ladders, you can call in a professional. Look for objective reviews of a roofing company first before asking for estimates on tile roof repairs.

At Classic Roofing & Construction, we’re happy to discuss your needs and proud of our five-star ratings on:

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As locally recommended roofers, Classic Roofing & Construction is ready to repair or replace your home’s tile roof and increase its value. Contact us today for a free quote on your roofing project. We can also answer any questions you may have about our service or materials and the entire line of GAF shingles, including the new Timberline Solar roof system.

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