Leaks coming through clay tile roofs can cause damage to insulation, ceilings and much more. Clay tile roofing can be susceptible to leaks due to a combination of age, tile condition and installation methods. Repair processes will differ based on the cause of the issue. Let’s look at the best ways to repair clay tile roofing below.
How To Repair A Tile Roof
Tile roofing is undoubtedly durable, yet all roofing systems will need minor repairs and maintenance over time. Use the following tools and steps as a guide to repairing a tile roof.
Necessary tools and materials:
- Wet Saw
- Hanger Strap
- Pry Bar
- Caulk Gun
- Waterproof Membrane
- RT-600 Tile Roof Sealer In Terracotta Color
Step 1. Identify Cause
There are several reasons why clay tiles may leak. Some issues may relate to the installation, but here are some other common problems with clay tiles:
- Cracked Tiles
- Broken Tiles
- Collection Of Debris
- Worn Out Waterproof Membrane
To properly fix the issue, you’ll have to focus on the specific situation. Clay tiles do break under pressure, so make sure to be careful during this process.
Step 2. Fix The Membrane
If the issue is in the waterproof membrane, you must remove the tiles and replace the membrane. Next, you will have to retile your roof. Professionals may be needed for removal and re-tiling.
Step 3. Remove The Debris
Closed in roof valleys will collect a lot of debris over time. An excess of debris can lead to leaks. You will have to remove tiles from the area, then clean the area and reinstall the tiles to clear the debris. You can avoid collecting debris by converting your roof valleys to an open look.
Step 4. Fix The Cracks
If you notice any fine cracks within these tiles, repair them by applying RT-600. Put this on the cracked tiles and allow it to spread until the entire tile is dry.
Step 5. Fix Broken Tiles
You’ll need to replace tiles that are cracked or broken in order to fix any leaks. It’s easiest to remove damaged tiles by using a pry bar. A hammer is helpful to have during the removal process, but always be careful to not damage the tiles that are in good shape. If the roofing system is older, it’s quite possible it has been previously fixed with mortar. If this is the case, then place the new tiles and use mortar to secure them.
Modern roofing systems feature nails holding the tiles in place. A holder lash will be needed in this scenario. Carefully set the new tile on the holder lash, then hang it where it needs to be fitted. Refrain from forcing the tile into place. A wet saw can be used to cut the edges, if necessary. Hammer the nails into the top of the tiles, then secure tile to roof. Apply mortar or RT-600 to the sides as a final step.
How To Repair A Leaking Concrete Tile Roof
While a concrete tile roof will be durable enough for your home, it doesn’t always hold up against extreme weather. The good news is it is very easy to replace leaking tiles yourself. Follow our guide below.
Step 1. Inspect Roofing
Start the repair process by checking the tiles to assess the amount of damage. A visual examination will help you determine how many tiles need to be replaced. When checking the tiles from the rooftop, you will be able to properly assess the damage before starting any repairs. It may be possible to visually inspect the roofing from your attic.
Step 2. Gather Proper Equipment
Once you figure out how many tiles you need, purchase a few extra just in case any break during the repairs. Remove the cracked/broken tiles from the roof. Gather all tools and equipment that will make this job as easy as possible. Wear shoes that have the right soles to make sure you will not slip or slide while on the roofing.
Step 3. Remove Damaged Tiles
Use a ladder and make your way to the leaking area of the rooftop. If multiple tiles need to be replaced, start at one end, working your way across. Remove the first tile and lift it carefully to allow a crowbar to slide beneath it. Give the length of the crowbar a chance to lay on it askew and to one side if the roofing system that’s in place. Now, you’ll be able to lift the tile to one side and keep it held up by the other side. Simply slide the tile out.
Step 4. Replace The Tiles
Reverse the procedure you used to remove the tiles in order to replace them. The crowbars should provide plenty of space to the see the holdings. You can now adjust them, if needed. It should still be easy to replace the tiles without any adjustments, though. Once into place, hold onto the raised tiles and slide the first crowbar from where it was. Do the same with the other crowbar, while avoiding scratching the tiles. Replace the flashing if the broken tiles have caused it any damage.
How To Repair The Flashing For Clay Tile Roofs
Knowing how to repair the flashing on your clay tile roof can save your home from water damage. Flashing are typically found in chimneys, ridges, skylights, roof valleys and penetrations. They are there to help waterproof the roofing. Flashing is essentially the last defense against water damage. To repair flashing, you will have to replace flashing. Since the roof and chimney are constantly exposed to the elements, wear and tear will undoubtedly happen over time. Be safe and follow our steps below.
Step 1. Remove The Tiles
With your gloves on and using the slate ripped, remove the tiles surrounding the flashing. You may need to remove tiles around them for ease of access.
Step 2. Clean The Area
After the tiles have been removed, dirt, debris and broken tiles should be cleared. Remove the old flashing at this time, as well. Try to remove as much of the tar as possible, if the old flashing contained tar. Flashing is metal, so proceed with caution.
Step 3. Installing Base Support
A copper sheet metal will need to be nailed down. This part becomes the base support for the newly installed flashing. It will also help to prevent sagging under the lower roofing tile. This is simply one more layer water will have to get through to reach the home.
Step 4. Install New Flashing
Using copper nails, secure the flashing and hammer it to the roof deck. Make sure the sides are bent and that it is both back and up. This will stop water from flowing towards the sides. Water needs to be diverted away from any areas it can penetrate.
Step 5. Replace Roof Tiles
Trim and install the new pipes while ensuring the new clay roof tiles match the old ones still on the roof. Use nails to secure them during this step. The tiles need to be laid down in the same fashion and direction when replaced. Clay tiles can be quite unique, so you will need to be careful handling them.
How To Repair A Concrete Tile Roof
In general, concrete tile roofs have a long lifespan. However, this roofing can break due to extreme weather conditions. When the tile roof wears down, there is no choice but to repair or supplant the damaged tiles. With the correct tools and guidelines, you can perform the repairs yourself. Follow our steps below.
Step 1. Take Proper Safety Precautions
Before repairing the solid tile rooftop, you need to make sure you are wearing cowhide gloves and defensive eye glasses. Use a stepping stool for safe rooftop access. Chip away at the harmed tiles deliberately. Be careful, making sure you do not harm different ranges on the solid tile rooftop.
Step 2. Replace The Tiles
The substitution tile needs to be a correct match to the current tile you are replacing. Locate the tile’s model number and producer subtle elements. Getting the right tile is crucial, as a solid tile rooftop takes after a specific example.
Step 3. Use A Crowbar
Carefully insert the crowbar under the part of the concrete tile that’s damaged. Place the crowbar into the left-hand tip of the tile.
Step 4. Remove Damaged Tiles
Apply slight pressure on the crowbar to remove the damaged tile. This will force the tile upward and you can remove it at this time.
Step 5. Tiles Above Damaged Tiles
Repeat the steps above to place the tile directly over the damaged tile you just removed.
Step 6. Replace Tile
Remove/dispose of the damaged tile at this time. You can now place a new one in the vacant spot. Next, make sure it is fixed securely atop the roof.
Step 7. Secure Tiles
Most newer tiles won’t require nails to hold them in place. Align the tile in the right position, then snap it into place.
Step 8. Repeat Process
Now repeat this process of snapping and fixing the tiles until all the damaged tiles are replaced.
Step 9. Final Touches
Ensure one final time that all the tiles are firmly in place.
Mistakes To Avoid When Repairing Clay Tile Roof
Using the proper technique and equipment is essential to repairing a clay tile rooftop. Clay tile roofs are typically delicate, meaning you have to take additional care when attempting repairs. Avoid making these following mistakes: damaging old tiles, accessing the roof in the wrong area and storing too many materials on the roof while working.
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