DIYs & How-To's

Correct Tile Roof Repair

Schulte Roofing | Tile Roof

Tile roofing is popular in College Station roofing because of its color and texture. Fire resistant due to material composition, tile roofs are extremely durable and have a long life. When maintained properly, tile roofs have 50 year or more service life.

Tile roofs owe their strength and durability to their quality clay and concrete components.  In fact, tiles typically do not leak.  The leaks that occur tend to originate from failure of flashing and fasteners.

Tiles can also be energy efficient as well, when installed as a light color.  According to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, research shows that the shape of the tile contributes to the overall reflectivity and ventilation.

Identification of Problem Area(s)

Problematic tiles are usually easy to spot.  They are usually broken, cracked, and/or missing.  Of course different impacts, such as hailstones, will create impact patterns that are recognizable to trained personnel.    If more than 25% of the total roof area is damaged, building code might require full replacement.

Surrounding tiles should be lifted and inspected for damage.  The head lap (overlap) should be at least 3 inches and the noses should all be properly fastened and secured.  Alignment should also be considered.  Uneven tiles potentially mark problem areas.

Proper Underlayment

Underlayment is the protective barrier between the interior of your home and the surrounding environment.  On low slopes the minimum standard for underlayment is a 3 play bur felt.  On steeper slopes underlayment is required to have 6 inch side laps and 2 inch head laps.  The attachment of the underlayment should be done with respect to the wind uplift calculations.  Your local College Station roofing contractor should be able to provide you with these calculations.

Attachment Standards

Metal attachments are also regulated to meet certain specifications.  The International Building Code states that metal in roof valleys, trays, and flashing should be at least 26 gauge galvanized metal.  This prevents premature corrosion and helps with the longevity of the tile roof.

On low slope roofs, only 1 fastener per tile is required.  However, on steeper slopes 2 fasteners for each tile should be used.  Even the fasteners are required to meet ASTM A641 Class 1 Standards.  Use of copper or stainless steel nails will help prevent rust.

Matching Materials

One of the most challenging aspects to repairing tile roofs is matching the original materials.  Tile roofs can discolor over time; the longer the exposure, the more the discoloration.  In College Station roofing all roofing contractors use the same materials from the same vendors.  That means that with proper research you should be able to find a close match.

Tile roof repair is more than just replacing broken tiles.  Your College Station roofing company should be able to calculate the wind lift and recommend the best installation materials and procedure to make sure your roof lasts.  Contact Schulte Roofing for professional tile roofing repair as well as the best warranty in the industry, The Bulletproof Roof® Guarantee.