Tile Roof Repair GreatWay Roofing

Tile Roof Repair GreatWay Roofing

Tile Roof Repair

Click on image to view a Tile Reset in action.

Many people expect a tile roof to last a lifetime and are surprised when they find they have a roof leak.  The tile, itself, is either concrete or clay and should last a lifetime, however what keeps the water from entering your home is actually the felt underneath the tile.  The felt is traditionally an asphalt-based product and as the felt material ages it becomes brittle.  When the felt expands and contracts with the heat and cold, it will eventually crack.

The tile will shed most of the water, however some water does trickle down to the felt and this is when you can notice a leak.  In other cases, you can locate the leak at a pipe penetration, termination (chimney, skylight, roof to wall intersection) or from slipped or broken tiles.

We believe a repair should come with a warranty and we expect this repair to last as long as the rest of the roof.  However, this is different from a patch. A patch, by definition, is temporary and may get you through the rainy season.  But a patch does not come with a warranty because of the limited scope in both labor and material.

We use the analogy of a car’s tire.  A patch may work, but a new tire will come with a warranty.  If you were to run over a nail with a brand new tire, a patch will do.  It would be silly to purchase a brand new tire.  However, if the tire no longer has any tread and that happens, a patch will get you by, but it is probably not the best use of your time and money.  You should probably start thinking about replacing your tires.

Now you know more about how a tile roof works and our approach to repairs and patches.  Below are a few different situations in which we can be of service to you:

Emergency Repair

If it’s raining, a tarp can be installed in most situations, assuming the roof is not steep or incredible slick due to moss and algae.  Also, check with your insurance company because they will likely reimburse or apply the cost to a deductible.  Please call our office for additional details.

Newer Roof (1-10 years)

A newer roof should not have leak issues and, if it does, the cause is often not roof-related.  Many times roof leaks on newer roofs could be coming in at a vent from wind-driven rain.  If this is the case, it is best to wait and see if the leak re-appears in the future.  If it is something else, an inspection and maintenance may take care of your issue by checking and resealing pipes and removing loose debris from the valleys and surface of the roof, and replacing tiles that are broken or need to be repositioned.  Often times this will give you the peace of mind that your roof is in good shape and well maintained.

Middle-Aged Roof (10 -20 years)

If there are no obvious issues that you can see, such as slipped tiles, we will not be able to pinpoint the leak because it is unseen and under the tile at a tear in the worn out felt. If this is the case, we highly recommend a repair that covers where the leak is entering (or to the eave) and all the way up to the high point (or the ridge of the roof).  This is because water runs down hill and the leak could be anywhere from where the leak enters the house all the way to the high point on the roof.

  Older Roof (20 years +)

Tile Roof Repair

Click on image to view a Tile Reset in action.

Many people expect a tile roof to last a lifetime and are surprised when they find they have a roof leak.  The tile, itself, is either concrete or clay and should last a lifetime, however what keeps the water from entering your home is actually the felt underneath the tile.  The felt is traditionally an asphalt-based product and as the felt material ages it becomes brittle.  When the felt expands and contracts with the heat and cold, it will eventually crack.

The tile will shed most of the water, however some water does trickle down to the felt and this is when you can notice a leak.  In other cases, you can locate the leak at a pipe penetration, termination (chimney, skylight, roof to wall intersection) or from slipped or broken tiles.

We believe a repair should come with a warranty and we expect this repair to last as long as the rest of the roof.  However, this is different from a patch. A patch, by definition, is temporary and may get you through the rainy season.  But a patch does not come with a warranty because of the limited scope in both labor and material.

We use the analogy of a car’s tire.  A patch may work, but a new tire will come with a warranty.  If you were to run over a nail with a brand new tire, a patch will do.  It would be silly to purchase a brand new tire.  However, if the tire no longer has any tread and that happens, a patch will get you by, but it is probably not the best use of your time and money.  You should probably start thinking about replacing your tires.

Now you know more about how a tile roof works and our approach to repairs and patches.  Below are a few different situations in which we can be of service to you:

Emergency Repair

If it’s raining, a tarp can be installed in most situations, assuming the roof is not steep or incredible slick due to moss and algae.  Also, check with your insurance company because they will likely reimburse or apply the cost to a deductible.  Please call our office for additional details.

Newer Roof (1-10 years)

A newer roof should not have leak issues and, if it does, the cause is often not roof-related.  Many times roof leaks on newer roofs could be coming in at a vent from wind-driven rain.  If this is the case, it is best to wait and see if the leak re-appears in the future.  If it is something else, an inspection and maintenance may take care of your issue by checking and resealing pipes and removing loose debris from the valleys and surface of the roof, and replacing tiles that are broken or need to be repositioned.  Often times this will give you the peace of mind that your roof is in good shape and well maintained.

Middle-Aged Roof (10 -20 years)

If there are no obvious issues that you can see, such as slipped tiles, we will not be able to pinpoint the leak because it is unseen and under the tile at a tear in the worn out felt. If this is the case, we highly recommend a repair that covers where the leak is entering (or to the eave) and all the way up to the high point (or the ridge of the roof).  This is because water runs down hill and the leak could be anywhere from where the leak enters the house all the way to the high point on the roof.

  Older Roof (20 years +)


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