A tile roof is an investment in both beauty and longevity, as long as you make necessary repairs as soon as they are needed. Know the signs of tile roof problems so you can address them promptly.
1. Humid Attic
Humidity in the attic can be the symptom of a leak in the tile roof. A roofer will be able to pinpoint the leak location and repair it so that you can start the process of drying out the attic and mitigating mold growth. In some cases, there is no leak but issues with your root vents may cause excess attic moisture. In this case, the roofer will assess your vents and either clean them to improve performance or install additional vents as necessary.
2. Tile Chips and Cracks
Even a small chip can compromise a roof tile. Once the glazing is broken, moisture can begin to seep through the tile and cause leaks or mold on the roof decking. Cracks are even more problematic, as moisture trapped inside a crack can freeze and expand, leading to more severe damage. Fortunately, the fix is simple. You can have individual tiles replaced if they become damaged.
3. Bowing Supports
Check out the rafters and trusses inside your attic once in a while. If they appear to be bowing, you may have a major roof risk developing. You may also be able to tell if there are issues outside if the ridgeline appears to sag in the center. Replacing these failing supports promptly is vital, otherwise, you chance a roof collapse from a failed support trying to hold up a heavy tile roof.
4. Missing or Loose Tiles
A tile roof can last decades with no leaks as long as you maintain an unbroken surface. A single missing or loose tile allows moisture to seep beneath the rest of the tiles, which can result in substantial water damages and the need for a premature roof replacement. Loose tiles can also move in the wind, causing additional damage to neighboring tiles. Have missing and loose tiles replaced as soon as you notice the issue.
5. Mold and Moss
Mold and moss are primarily an appearance issue, although they can also trap moisture against the tile, which can increase the chances of moisture seeping through or beneath the roofing tiles. Fortunately, you can have mold and moss removed. Your roofer will use a mold and moss killing detergent to remove both the growth and the stains it caused.
Contact a roof damage repair contractor for more help with your tile roof problems.