Most Tile Roofs Only Need Repairing Versus Replacement an Entire Tile Roof
If you’ve noticed a few cracked or broken tiles on your roof, or if you’ve experienced some leakage, you might be wondering if it’s time to replace your tile roof entirely. This is a natural question, given the fact that a compromised roof can lead to some serious issues for the interior of your home. However, you should know that tile is extremely durable, and in most cases, you can probably get by with some spot repairs to solve any issues. If you’re really undecided, call Richards Roof Service, LLC, the experts in roofing. Here’s how you can tell whether repairs will suffice in your situation.
Age of your roof
This is probably the biggest factor in general because if your roof is still within its normal average lifespan of effectiveness, you’re probably safe to just carry out repairs. In the case of a tile roof, it should last 30 years or more, depending on local weather conditions. This is especially true if you’ve been periodically inspecting the roof for any signs of wear and tear. On the other hand, if you’ve basically ignored your roof for its entire life, and not handled minor problems as they cropped up, your tile roof may not reach its average lifespan.
If you don’t mind climbing up a ladder, you should take a close look at the condition of your tile roof. If you’re uncomfortable with ladder-climbing, you can usually get away with taking a good look from the ground and walking around to see all sides of the roof. This should let you know if there are any tiles missing, or if any have suffered cracks or other damage.
If you do spot some visible damage, that could mean there are problems underneath those tiles, and it may have been going on for some time. And if you see numerous cases of damage, that probably means you should consider replacement, or at least ask the advice of an expert. Assuming you don’t see obvious signs of damage, the next thing to check is your attic. If you see any signs of dampness or leaks, check out the roof in the area above the dampness.
Even if you do spot some leaks, that doesn’t necessarily warrant a roof replacement, although if these leaks occur in vital areas, that could be more significant. Spotting the growth of mold or mildew is a sign that the problem has been happening for a while, and might be more serious. If you have large areas of mold or mildew, that might mean you have a major leak in your roof, and you should ask the advice of a roofing professional.
Staying or leaving
Another factor to consider is whether you plan to remain in your home for a long time, or whether you’re looking to relocate sometime in the near future. If you do plan to relocate, you should be aware that roofing is one of the first things a new home buyer will look at, and if your roof has some obvious issues, they may need to be addressed before putting your home on the market. Again, however, most issues on a tile roof can be handled by some good repair work, because the natural durability and longevity of the tiles will help to preserve the protection it provides.