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When you first had your tile roof installed you might have expected it to last a lifetime without running into any problems. A lot of homeowners make this assumption. The reality is that, over time, tiled roofs start to lose their gloss. Tiles can crack and leaks can occur, your roof can become dirty and before you know it the time has come for a full roof restoration. You’re in the right place! We are your Gold Coast experts with over 15 years experience.
Detecting and Fixing Leaks
Tile roof leaks often come from problems with the felt beneath the tiles. It is the felt that keeps much of the water from entering the house from above. It is a combination of minerals, including asphalt, that serves as a sub-surface for the tiles. The felt can become brittle and crack as it ages. These cracks allow water to enter the home, though the tiles themselves are still in perfect working order.
No roof comes without some required maintenance over the years. Whether it is re-pointing the roof, repairing the felt, cleaning the tiles, or repainting them as they age. Even tile roofs, which are highly efficient and relatively low maintenance, still require some work and attention.
We work with homeowners in your area to repair, repaint, re-point and generally maintain tile roofs over the years. While it is true that a tile roof will require some maintenance to survive, there’s no need for you to handle this maintenance yourself. Our team of certified and trained professionals can make quick work of these otherwise tedious jobs. Let’s look at a few of the different forms of upkeep your tile roof might require in time.
Re-pointing Your Tile Roof
Pointing refers to the external portion of mortar joints. This mortar is present in tile roofs near hips, rakes, and ridges. Over time, the pointing can crack in a fashion similar to the felt beneath the tiles. When the mortar cracks it allows for the entrance of water during rains. It also means that small critters can burrow in and make the crevice their home.
The cracking of the mortar is usually a result of repeated expanding and contracting. It is a natural process that most homes go through, especially in extreme weather conditions.
Re-pointing a tile roof requires filling these cracks so that the roof is once again waterproof. In some cases, re-pointing a tile roof can be a very quick and easy job. In other cases, where there are many severe cracks, the re-pointing will take more time.
Re-pointing also doesn’t require the removal or replacement of the existing sound mortar. This makes it a relatively cost effective process as well.
New mortar must be mixed to match the existing mortar before filling the cracks. We accomplish this by first taking a sample of the existing mortar. Afterward, the damaged mortar is removed to a point where the sound mortar is reached. Finally, the new mortar that matches the existing sound mortar is inserted into the joint. It may take multiple passes depending on the depth.
The mortar will typically take up to 24 hours to cure. Following the curing process, your tile roof will once again be as good as new.
Tile Roof Restoration and Cleaning
Aesthetics are half the reason anyone invests in a tile roof. A clean tile roof can look incredible, but if you neglect the cleaning process, then it takes away from the appearance and value of the home. However, you shouldn’t trust just anyone to clean your tile roofs. The tiles can actually be damaged in the cleaning process.
The tiles themselves are manufactured with a light glaze. They may also be professionally painted. Many roof cleaning services will use pressure washers to clean your tile roof. Pressure washers can reach up to 3000 pounds of pressure per square inch. That is enough to completely remove the glaze or at least dull it. In some cases, it can even remove the paint.
That is why we take the time to carefully inspect and clean tile roofs without relying on a pressure washing system. Pressure washing a tile roof even once will cause the color will fade. For example, red tiles can fade to a light pink. While pressure washers are great for cleaning driveways, they are not meant for tile roofs. Spraying a tile roof should be reserved only for painting.
Our roof cleaning process might take a little longer, but the end result is a better-looking roof. Not only will it be clean, but it will still have its color and glaze intact. You save a lot of money by avoiding the need to repaint the tiles too early. Though, sooner or later, it may be time to repaint that old tile roof.
Repainting A Tile Roof
Painting a tile roof is another bit of maintenance that no homeowner looks forward to. It can be costly and time-consuming if you don’t work with the right company. Some homeowners even try to tackle the project themselves. The end result is a tile roof that looks worse than before.
We have been cleaning and painting tile roofs for years. So long that we’ve got it down to an exact science. That’s how we are able to get in, get the job done, and leave before you even notice we are there.
The longest part of the project is usually the preparation. It takes a lot of prep work to get your roof ready for a new coat of paint. First, damaged tiles need to be repaired. Then, the tiles need to be cleaned. Plywood may need to be laid on the roof in certain sections to aid weight distribution. Finally, multiple coats of paint are applied to the roof.
The actual painting of the roof is done with a paint sprayer. The sprayer makes quick work of adding paint to the roof. A layer of primer is usually added before the paint is applied. After the first layer is a second layer of paint and then a layer of glaze.
In most cases, the painting of the roof will be finished in a single day. However, there have been some rather large roofs that take a little more time than that.
Personal Care Tips For Your Tile Roof
There are some tips you should follow to care for your roof even when we aren’t around. This will help extend the lifespan of your tiles and decrease the likelihood of a leak. By keeping up with some simple maintenance tips you can reduce the frequency of repairs.
First, you can periodically inspect your roof for any signs of wear and tear. This is a lot easier if you don’t mind climbing a ladder and getting on the roof. If you notice any signs of damage on the roof, then pick up the phone and call our office. Addressing these problems while they are small makes it easier and cheaper for everyone.
Remember to walk very carefully if you do decide to get on the roof. The tiles can be fragile, so you must walk carefully and evenly distribute your weight. Placing plywood on the tiles makes it easier to walk across the roof without cracking the tiles.
While you are up there, take the time to inspect the gutters. It’s never too soon to clean them again. Gutters that aren’t cleaned regularly can lead to damage and leaks. Properly cleaned gutters are important no matter what type of roof you have.
If you aren’t comfortable with ladders, then simply call our office and we’ll schedule an appointment to come inspect your roof for you. We are willing to do it all. That includes inspecting and cleaning the gutters.