Diamond Certified Experts: Tile Roof Maintenance

Host, Sarah Rutan: If your home has a tile roof, make sure you’re aware of its specific maintenance needs. Today we’re in San Ramon with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Tom Rhoads of Roof-Life Construction to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Tom Rhoads: Today we’re going to talk about roof tile maintenance. It is important to maintain your tile roof system and drainage system annually. Let’s talk about a few things you can do to keep your roof system functioning for years to come. Most importantly, keep your roof clean. Removing debris and leaves from your roof system is by far the most important thing that you can do. Now that we can see the roof, let’s talk about a few things that you can do on your checklist.

Look for slipped or migrated tiles. These tiles are usually found on the hips and valleys. They can easily be reinstalled by adhesive and/or drilled and re-nailed. Also look out for cracked rubber collars. These collars are found around your vent pipes. Depending on the flashing itself, you can easily repair this by slipping a new rubber collar over and sometimes replacement of the whole flashing is necessary.

Let’s talk about tile intersections: where the two tiles come together is by far the biggest problem area on your roof system. On your trim tiles, meaning the ridge tiles or rake tiles, a lot of times the sealant has been compromised by the sun. It cracks and it breaks away, and/ or the membrane that they use at the top would be burned away by the sun as well. Installation of a lead flashing in place of those is a permanent fix.

Now let’s talk about your valley intersections. The biggest problem. The debris buildup under your valley is the most common source of a leak. This problem will require a roofing professional to come clean the debris out of the valley, re-form the curves on the outer side, and/or an upgrade to that would be to install a triple crown metal, which allows the water to form down three channels instead of one. If you follow these basic tips, you should have no problem keeping your roof system alive for years to come.

Host, Sarah Rutan: To learn more from local, top rated companies, visit our Diamond Certified Expert Reports at experts.diamondcertified.org.

Post time: Sep-13-2017
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