3 Factors You Need To Know About Tile Roof Replacement

Tile roofing is among the longest-lasting roofing materials in existence. In fact, many ancient buildings still have their tile roofs intact. However, not all tile roofs are made the same. Unlike today’s asphalt shingle roofs, tile manufacturers rarely sell their products as complete roofing systems, so it’s important to learn about tile roof replacement to help you save costs when its time to get a new roof:

1. How Often You Need Tile Roof Replacement

Many things can determine if you need a new tile roof or not. How often you replace your roof depends on the quality of materials, quality of installation, and the weather conditions your roof has faced. If you recently replaced your current roof, chances are you won’t need to replace it anytime soon. But if you aren’t the one who had the roof replaced, it may be hard to know the exact age of your roof. 

Have a professional contractor inspect your roof and issue a roof certification indicating an estimate of how much life your roof has left. Tile roofs typically last 50 years, so a detailed inspection should help you know how old your roof is and how much time it has left. Basically, you should replace your tile roof as often as you need, and talking with your contractor will help you discover whenever a replacement is necessary.

Environmental factors and the underlayment used will also determine how long your roof lasts. Tampa, FL has a unique climate and you need to ensure the underlayment you choose will withstand the heat and the rapid temperature fluctuations during summer. 

Another important factor is pests such as birds and bats. Nothing can ruin your tile roof faster than the corrosive acid in bird droppings. The moment you spot birds nesting on your roof, try to get them off as quickly as possible before they settle and consider your roof their home.

Debris can also shorten the life span of your tile roof. Regularly clean your gutters and keep trees and leaves off your roof. Debris, especially in the valleys, can easily prevent water flow and create a dam, resulting in leaks. 

2. How the Cost of a Replacement is Determined

The size of your house, how many stories there are, and the total square footage of your roof all affect the cost of replacement. The pitch of the roof will affect how safe it is to traverse your roof. A steeper roof is more difficult to work on and their cost of replacement will be higher than a low-slope roof.

Another factor influencing the cost is the condition of the decking material. Is the decking going to have to be replaced? In order to support the weight of tiles, the decking and frame of the roof need to be strong. Older tile roofs often have some sort of organic underlayment material such as traditional felt paper. Since roof tiles are not waterproof, you’ll need the underlayment system to be completely watertight to protect your home from leaks.

Last but not least, your contractor will consider the condition of the flashing systems and penetration flashings. Typically, flashing systems are evaluated to determine their remaining service life. If they are found to be in top-notch condition, simple repairs to the damaged tiles can add more years of service to your existing roof. However, replacing flashing will increase the cost of roof replacement. A reputable local contractor will answer any questions you have about the cost.

3. How Long a Replacement Takes

A tile roof replacement project can last from a few days to several weeks depending on a number of factors, like the extent of work. Tearing off a large roof will take longer than a small one. Additionally, the need to replace decking can add to the length of time it takes to replace a tile roof.

How easy is it to access the roof? If the crew can remove the materials and get new ones up to the roof with relative ease, then the costs will be lesser. However, if it’s a more difficult to move debris and materials around, the costs will increase.

Additionally, the details of the roof and the materials used will significantly affect the cost of replacement. If your roof is straightforward, it won’t take as long as roofs with details like valleys, penetrations, etc. Different tile options also have different costs, and your choice will obviously impact the final cost.

Finally, the prevailing weather patterns influence replacement costs. It is possible to be charged more if you need the roof urgently replaced during peak seasons. If the roof is not adversely damaged, it’s a good idea to schedule the replacement during off-peak seasons.

If you need a tile roof replacement in Tampa, FL, consider working with Imperial Roofing. We have been in the roofing industry for more than 40 years. Our reputation for quality workmanship and competitive pricing has kept our customers coming back for more. Contact us today to schedule an inspection or to speak to one of our friendly roofing consultants.