What to Know about Clay Tile Roof Repairs

When you think of tile roof repairs, you probably think of traditional asphalt tiles. If you have a clay tile roof, you may be under the impression that any cracks or breaks will need to be replaced rather than repaired. The truth is, you can have a roofing contractor repair the broken and cracked tiles giving your roof a seamless like new finish. Before you contact a roofing contractor, there are a few things you need to know about the clay tile roof repairs you want to have done. 

Cleaning the Roof Area

One of the steps that will need to be taken to repair your clay roof tiles is to clean the tile area. This is done by using a wire scrub brush and scrubbing the tile to remove any dirt or debris. This step also works to smooth down the tile and create a smooth surface around the break or crack. Once this is done, the tile repair contractor can look over the crack to determine the next step in the repair process and if a simple fill can be done to fix the crack and smooth it back out to a polished finish.

Removing the Tile

Once the tile has been cleaned and filed down, they will need to remove the tile piece. This is done by carefully prying the tile out of its spot. Once it has been removed, the area underneath will be checked for any potential water damage or leaks. A new seal will be placed as well as a new adhesive on the tile once the tile is repaired and ready to be placed back in its spot. This process is done for each cracked or broken tile, with only severely damaged tiles being replaced while the others undergo the clay tile roof repair.

Sealing and Protecting the Tile

The final step in the process will be to seal and protect the tile. This will likely be done for the entire roof rather than just one or two clay tile pieces. You will need to discuss with your roofing contractor what the options are for this process. Keep in mind some of the sealant options will offer stain colours that will fit with your home design options. Depending on how long it has been since you had the tiles sealed, you may be able to avoid a full roof seal and have only a portion done instead.

If you are ready to hire a roofing contractor for your clay tile roof repairs, contact your local contractor today. They can help with a consultation, pricing and questions you have. They can also schedule your repairs and go over any upgrades they recommend for your specific roof.