A tile roof adds elegance and charm to a home, but it can also break and crack over time. When there is a need to make repairs on a tile roof, only a professional, trained local roofer with extensive experience with tile roofing should walk on your roof – never the homeowner. Tasks such as gutter cleaning or hanging holiday lights can be done from a ladder, and problems with the lower tiles at the edge of the roof can be fixed without setting foot on it. During routine inspections, your roofer will use binoculars or climb a ladder to examine the tile and avoid walking on it as much as possible.
When and How Someone Can Walk on Tile Roofs
Some roofing problems may require your roofer to climb onto the roof to fix them. Often times, tile manufacturers do not warrant damage due to foot traffic, so only a trained roofer with experience and certification working with tile roofs should climb up your roof to avoid voiding the warranty. Always hire a licensed, bonded, and insured roofer to work on your tile roof to cushion you from losses should something go wrong while they’re working on your roof.
If by coincidence a tile is broken, then it needs to be replaced ASAP to avoid any potential damages, like water or UV damage, to your home. You roofer may climb up your tile roof under the following situations:
- Your roof is damaged and needs repair or replacement
- You see broken tiles from the ground
- There are leaks on your roof
- You see missing tiles
- During routine cleaning or repainting
Why Only a Professional Roofer should be on Your Tile Roof
As a homeowner, it’s important to understand walking on tile roofs is dangerous. You could easily injure yourself or cause further damage and incur huge losses in repair or replacement of broken tiles. Always leave such repairs to a professional roofer with the right skills and equipment to safely walk on tile roofs.
Regularly have your tile roof inspected and maintained to help keep it in good condition and extend its lifespan. During annual inspections, your roofer may identify failing areas as a result of normal wear and tear or old age. Storm damage or natural debris can also cause tiles to break or go missing, and early detection and repair will help keep your roof in great shape for several years. Tile roof maintenance can also include gutter care to help prevent water leaks.
When to Paint Tile Roofs
Tile roofs can be painted. However, only a trained roofing contractor with experience with tile roofs should paint your roof. Constant exposure to weather elements can cause tiles to fade over time. Mildew can also form and cause tiles to deteriorate. Upon inspection, your roofer will first repair any damaged tiles and clean the roof surface.
Before hauling the spray gun up on the roof, your roofer will have to do some preparation work. Using a rope, a wand, and a hose, your roofer will climb up the roof and wash the roof surface to remove dirt, rust, and mildew. The roof will then be allowed to dry completely before applying an oil-based primer to make it ready for new paint. After the primer, your roofer will follow with at least two coats of acrylic paint to give it a long-lasting paint job.
Typically, a fresh coat of paint will give your tile roof a brand-new look. Once you paint your roof, it will need to be repainted every few years to keep it looking nice. The paint can chip off and expose the tile’s actual color, which could make your roof look tacky and in bad condition.
To minimize any risk of accidents when repainting tile roofs, avoid doing it yourself but choose a professional roofer who has the experience, expertise, and certification to safely work on tile roofs.
Imperial Roofing in Tampa, FL Can Help!
As a family-owned local contractor, Imperial Roofing Contractor strives to provide the best roofing services for Tampa, FL residents. We are proud of our exemplary craftsmanship and customer service, which are the driving forces behind the top-notch reputation we have built since 1968.
Tile is a great roofing material for the Tampa Bay area for a number of reasons. First of all, tile is a beautiful material and will provide the right texture and depth to your roof, giving your home great curb appeal. Tiles are also very durable, long-lasting, and highly resistant to outside elements.
If you need tile roof repair or replacement, then you can’t go wrong with our wide range of styles and colors. Contact us today to begin the conversation with one of our experienced roofing consultants!