Tile roofs require maintenance to ensure they protect your most valuable asset, your home and its possessions.
Here is what you need to be aware of in terms of maintenance for your roof:
Every six months
Ensure your gutters and valleys are clean free from leaf litter and debris. Leaf litter and debris can block downpipes and valleys and cause water to unnecessarily backflow into your roof cavity. This can cause ceiling damage and internal damage.
In the event of a storm
If you have had recent bad weather, its recommended to have a licensed roofer inspect your roof. Damage can easily be caused by hail stones, branches falling from trees, heavy rain and high winds.
Every five - ten years
It is recommended that every five to ten years you have your roof inspected by a licensed roofer. They will check the following:
- The quality of the bedding which cements your capping tiles which run along the ridge (top) and hips (sides/corners) of tile roofs. Any cracks, crumbly mortar or missing mortar will need to be addressed.
- The quality of the flexible pointing mortar of the capping tiles. Over time it can crack, weather and dislodge. Any cracks, crumbly mortar or missing pointing will need to be addressed.
- Broken tiles. Tiles can become porous and soft with age and can begin to crack easily. Ensure there are no broken tiles or caps on the roof, as this can lead to leaks and issues for your roof.
- Check gutters, downpipes and valley irons for any rust or leaking issues. If water can not easily from off your roof, then its likely it is going to backflow into the roof cavity. Your gutters and valley irons are equally as important as the tile roof itself.
Unfortunately tile roofing requires ongoing maintenance over its life (unlike new metal roofing) because of the effects of the weather and surrounding environment. However, if you keep your roof regulary maintained you will prolong its life and ensure that it remains intact, water tight and a barrier for your home and possessions. If you think your roof is in need of a roof inspection then contact us today. We would be happy to offer a no obligation inspection and quote.