We all love tile roofs. They’re not only attractive, but efficient, and for many a way to be nostalgic with the home’s general appearance. Tile roofing requires certain responsibilities however. There are several ways for a tile roof’s structural integrity to become compromised, and there are steps to both prevent such damage as well as repair it.
This is all done on a gradient level. Let’s realize that although there are things you can do, hiring a professional in the tile roofing industry is always a wise choice.
First of all, tile roofing is tough, but it can get damaged by weather, accidents, debris, and even animals. You don’t want objects smashing into the tiles because in some key areas of the roof, just one compromised or damaged tile can cause a cascade calling for major roofing repair. Make sure that there aren’t any overhanging trees that allow for debris from the trees to fall or allowing animals access to your roof. Believe it or not, even animals as small as squirrels can damage a tile roof by prying around and weakening the seals. Animals are curious and might find your tile roofing something worth investigating and also a means of play. Opossums, cats, squirrels and other arboreal creatures might store food or objects under the uplifted tiles. This could allow water and more debris inside. Birds can be a menace too if you live in an area where the birds get big. They can land on your roof and actually break tiles. Shooing them away often helps as they realize rest won’t be easy on your roof. Watch out also for kids and adults playing around. Some flying toys or yard toys can fall on your tile roof and cause enough damage requiring repair. If possible, keep the playful family and friends at a good distance and ask them to take special care regarding the roof.
Once you’re comfortable with the preventative measures, you now should be concerned with what to do should damage occur. Don’t try to fix things yourself if you’re not experienced. The reason being is tile roofing is specialized roofing. Installed or repaired incorrectly and it can turn into a major headache to repair. If your roofing is properly waterproofed then it calls for a professional to look at any damage that has occurred. This will ensure that if repairs are done correctly, your home or business won’t suffer from the ravages of leaks. Leaks not only damage the structure but can invite a robust environment for molds to grow which can damage the structure or compromise the health of the occupants.
So the bottom line is, a tile roof is a specialized roof. It isn’t something that anybody can just construct and repair. Knowing your responsibilities in regard to them will make for better home ownership and equity all around.
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