How to Extend the Life of Your Tile Roof (Guest Blog)

March 16, 2017



Why Do Tile Roofs Leak?

It’s never a good feeling to find water intruding into your home in the middle of a rainstorm, and seeing the damage that quickly results can cause undue anxiety. What can you do to prevent such a stressful situation? Many factors contribute to this cause, such as jammed valleys, lifted flashings, clogged gutters, and broken or slipped tiles. All of these can actually be prevented by regular maintenance.

Homeowners need to be proactive in maintaining their roof system. That’s right, it’s a system. It has different parts that come together to protect your home. Just like your car, all of these different parts need to be regularly maintained to function properly and last as long as possible. The tips below could help you to extend the life and performance of your tile roof. 

Roof Maintenance Tips

Your roof should meet these requirements throughout the year, but especially before the rainy season (September/October).

  • Valleys and flashings should be free of debris and clutter
  • There should be no broken or slipped tiles
  • Transition areas should be properly waterproofed
  • Gutters should be cleaned yearly and free of debris
  • Add leaf guards to your gutters if necessary, which prevent foliage and other debris from entering the gutter system
  • Roof should be inspected by a professional every 2 years

Look for these indications that you roof system is in need of immediate maintenance or repair:

  • Water staining on the interior
  • Broken or slipped tiles
  • Transition areas exposed
  • Valleys full of debris
  • Lifted flashing
  • Foliage or debris on roof
  • Overflowing gutters


Helpful Resources

Many homeowners are uncomfortable or physically unable to inspect their own roof. Additionally, there is a correct method of walking on roofs that will avoid breakage. That’s why many people consult licensed roofing contractors, who are required to possess a C-39 license to perform roofing services. Although this meets the Contractors State License Board’s (CSLB) standards, many homeowners feel more confident with roofing contractors who have been certified and educated specifically in the tile roofing field. Certain organizations that are recognized as leaders in this field are the Tile Roofing Institute (TRI), and HAAG Certified Inspectors. Roofing contractors with these certifications have received intensive damage assessment education and comprehensive testing to ensure proficiency in their inspection of your tile roof.

By taking these small proactive steps, you will avoid costly emergency repairs in the middle of a rainstorm, and extend the life of your tile roof.


Tips on Roof Maintenance:

  • Never get on a roof within 48 hours after a rain, as tiles are slippery and you can easily get injured.
  • Be careful on North sides of roofs, as lichen/moss develops and makes the tiles very dangerous to walk on.
  • Always make sure anyone you use to repair or inspect your roof is licensed with the CSLB.
  • Ask your contractor if they are insured and what their standing is with the BBB.


 Article provided by Renee Tate, Office Administrator, ACS Roofing, Inc.

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