Tile is a long-lasting roof type that is an alternative to asphalt shingles for homes. While tile roofs are easy to maintain and tested to last for centuries, it is still important to know what roof maintenance you should do to keep them in good condition. After all, the roof protects your home and everything within so you should know the best practices to keep it safe.
Tile Roof Types
Before we get into the maintenance of tile roofs it is important to know the different types of tile you can get: The two main types are clay and concrete.
Clay tiles have been used for a long time in the history of buildings including in ancient civilizations. This is because they are long-lasting and durable so they are a good option if you want your roofing to last. They also come in a variety of colors, styles and weigh less than concrete tiles.
Concrete tiles are a newer and less expensive alternative to clay tiles while still maintaining the look of clay or other roofing types. They are just as durable and come in a wide variety of colors and styles.
Now that you know what tile roofs are, here are some tips on how to keep them in excellent condition.
Cleaning Off Debris and Algae
It is important to keep your tile roof and gutters clean from debris such as leaves and sticks. When storm wind and rain roll in, debris can slide down the roof and clog the gutters. If the gutters clog, it could cause water overflow and eventual leaks in your home.
You should also be aware of large tree branches that may hang over your tile roof. This will cause more debris to fall onto the roof and gutter and even potentially fall and cause more damage during a storm.
Another cleaning aspect you need to be aware of is if algae may start to accumulate. If you notice the tiles looking a bit green this could be because they host algae. This algae can build up, causing a green color over the roof shingles and if left too long, be difficult to fully remove.
While cleaning the gutters and tiles could be doable for you with the proper tools, it is still recommended to use caution and hire a professional if needed.
Climbing onto your roof is dangerous and you should leave it to a professional with the proper tools to safely scale, if you think there is a potential issue. Whether you know there is an issue or just want to have peace of mind everything is in good shape, an inspection is helpful.
It is important to get a roof inspection once or twice a year to check for cracks in the tiles, leaks and other things that might turn into an issue later and make sure the insulation is working properly. This simple appointment can save you time and money later by ensuring your roof is secure.
When your house is inspected or after a damaging weather event, you might have elements of the roof that needs to be repaired. When it comes to tiles you can either have them repaired or replaced.
This is important to prevent any leaks into your house or potential growth of mildew or mold due to water accumulating.
By following these roof maintenance tips and keeping your tile roof in excellent condition can keep you safe and potentially help you avoid costly damage in the future. Destin Roofing is glad to help with your inspections and other roofing needs. Contact us today to get started.