Roof tiles are quite a popular roofing material the world over because of the numerous advantages they have over other types of materials. They are resistant to pests, can withstand harsh weather conditions, and provide superior thermal insulation which helps keep the interior temperatures of a building moderate. These roofs are also fire resistant and do a pretty good job at noise insulation.
In addition to these advantages, roof tiles are also known for their durability with an expected lifespan of 50+ years. This lifespan can, however, be lower or higher depending on how well you maintain your tile roof. And with roof replacements being as costly as they are, ensuring that you get the most out of your tile roof is a no brainer.
In this post, we shall be looking at 5 simple things you can do to ensure that your tile roof lasts as long as possible:
- Inspect your roof regularly. Although your roof tiles are pretty durable, they still need to be inspected regularly. Ideally, you should inspect your roof after every extreme season i.e. after summer and winter as this is the time you roof is under the most stress. Look for chipped or cracked tiles as well as other kinds of damage such as discolouration.
If you find any broken or missing tiles, make sure you replace them immediately to avoid further damage to the roof.
- Clear debris from your roof. Clear debris such as branches, leaves,twigs and bird nests from your roof. Debris on your tile roof will affect drainage causing moisture build up that can harm your roof. The debris will also wash down during storms and block your gutters causing a whole new problem. A good way to keep debris off your roof is by trimming tree branches so that they are at least 10ft from your roof.
- Maintain the roof drainage. Inspect your gutters after heavy storms to ensure they aren’t loose or damaged and are properly angled and aligned.You should also ensure that the gutters and downspouts are clear to allow water to flow. A blocked roof drainage system pulls on your roofing structure and can cause damage to it. Rainwater could also wash back under the tiles during storms causing moisture damage to your underlying roof structure.
- Check the flashing on chimneys, vents and skylights. Inspect the flashing around your chimney, skylight and vents to ensure that the sealing is intact. If you find cracks on the mortar or caulking sealant, remove it and apply a new seal.
- Get rid of mould, moss and algae. If you notice any mould, algae or moss growing on your roof, remove it as soon as possible as it could cause serious damage to your roof.Their growth will cause moisture build up and affect the drainage of your roof causing it to deteriorate a lot faster. Apply a moss and mould remover on your roof to get rid of these “plants” before they damage your roof.
Taking care of your tile roof will ensure that it remains in tip top condition and has a longer lifespan. Remember, maintenance is always cheaper and easier than replacement.