If you're a homeowner with a tile roof, one of the most important things you need to be aware of is the potential for leaks. Tile roofs are extremely durable and long-lasting, but they're not indestructible. Over time, they can age or sustain damage that can lead to leaks, and if not addressed, those leaks can cause serious damage to your home.
So what should you do if you suspect your tile roof is leaking? Here's what you need to know:
What Causes Tile Roofs to Leak?
There are several potential causes of a leaking tile roof, including:
Damage to the tiles themselves
Poor flashing or worn-out sealants
Missing or cracked mortar
How to Identify the Signs of a Leaking Tile Roof
The signs of a leaking tile roof can be subtle, but it's important to keep an eye out for them. Some common signs include:
Stains on your ceiling or walls
Water dripping from the ceiling or walls
Missing or damaged tiles
Cracked or broken tiles
Mold or mildew growth in your attic or crawl space
If you notice any of these signs, it's important to act quickly to address the issue before it causes serious damage to your home.
How to Fix a Leaking Tile Roof
If you're handy around the house, you may be able to spot a leaking tile roof yourself. The first step is to identify the source of the leak. This can be tricky, as the leak may not be directly above the area where you're seeing water damage. If you can get into the attic space, you may be able to identify the leak from water staining or damp insulation.
This is where we recommend the homeowners stop and call the professionals. Going on a roof is only for trained, experienced professionals and should not be attempted by anyone who isn’t trained in the proper safety precautions.
Once the source has been identified, Marley Roof Repair will carefully remove any damaged tiles and replace them with new ones. Other common areas that may need to be replaced are the valley, wall, or chimney flashing.
Preventing Leaks in the Future
The best way to prevent a leaking tile roof is to keep up with regular maintenance. This includes:
Cleaning your gutters regularly
Inspecting your roof for damage after severe weather
Having your roof inspected by a professional every few years
Addressing any damage as soon as it's discovered
By taking these steps, you can help ensure that your tile roof stays in great condition for years to come. Marley Roof Repairs offers a basic yearly inspection service where our trained professionals will inspect your roof once a year for potential issues. It's an easy and cost-effective way to keep your roof in the best condition.
Don't let a leaking tile roof ruin your home. If you suspect you have a problem, contact Marley Roof Repairs at 905-536-4412 today. We offer top-quality tile roof repair and maintenance services to homeowners and businesses throughout Southern Ontario and beyond.