Tile roofs are a beautiful and durable roofing option for homes in Gig Harbor, Port Orchard, and Tacoma, but they require some maintenance to keep them looking their best and functioning properly. Here are some tips for maintaining a tile roof.
Regular inspection of a tile roof is essential to maintaining its integrity. Inspect your roof at least once a year or after any severe weather events. Look for cracked, broken, or missing tiles, as well as any loose or damaged flashing around vents and chimneys.
Debris, such as leaves and branches, can accumulate on a tile roof and cause damage or create areas for water to accumulate. Clear debris off the roof regularly, especially after heavy storms or during the fall season when leaves are falling. This is best done with a leaf blower or broom but be careful not to damage the tiles.
Keep it Clean
Cleaning your tile roof will not only make it look better but also help maintain its durability. A pressure washer with a low-pressure setting can be used to clean the roof, but be careful not to use too much pressure, which can damage the tiles. Also, avoid using harsh chemicals, as they can damage the tiles and harm surrounding vegetation.
Prevent Moss and Algae Growth
A particular nemesis of the Pacific Northwest, moss and algae can grow on tile roofs. This growth can lead to damage or discoloration of the tiles. Prevent the growth of moss and algae by trimming trees and vegetation near the roof to allow for more sunlight and air circulation. Applying moss and algae prevention treatment can also help keep the roof clean and healthy.
Repair and Replace Tiles
Cracked or broken tiles should be repaired or replaced quickly to prevent water from entering the roof system. This can be a DIY project, but it's important to have the right tools and materials to ensure proper installation. Hire a professional if you're not comfortable with repairing or replacing tiles yourself.
Inspecting and Maintaining Flashing
Flashing around vents and chimneys is a critical component of a tile roof system. Inspect flashing regularly for damage or wear and replace or repair it as needed. Also, make sure that the flashing is properly sealed to prevent water from entering the roof system.
For more on flashing, check out this recent blog: Roof Flashing | All you Need to Know.
Keep those Gutters Clear
Gutters are an essential part of the roof system that helps prevent water damage to the roof and the home's foundation. Regularly clean gutters to remove debris and prevent clogs. This will ensure that water can flow freely and prevent damage to the roof.
Proper ventilation is crucial to maintaining the health of a tile roof system. Proper ventilation helps prevent moisture buildup, which can lead to the growth of mold and mildew and cause damage to the roof structure. Ensure that vents are not blocked and that there is proper air circulation throughout the attic space.
Learn more about the importance of roof ventilation in this recent blog: Why Roof Ventilation is Important.
Regular maintenance goes a long way to ensure the life and appearance of your home’s tile roof. If you need help with any of this maintenance, please give us a call. We can connect you with the right professional.