Tiles have a long history of outstanding field performance, with over 100 years of experience in many areas of the globe. They also offer a longer lifespan than other roofing materials like asphalt shingles. Modern tiles are able to provide natural ventilation and water-shedding, making them the ideal roof covering for both hot and cold climates. To ensure your tile roof lasts 50 years, you will need to take extra care. Here are 10 signs that your tile roof is in need of repairs to extend its life expectancy.
1. Water seepage under the roof tiles
Concrete tiles require that the underlayment be watertight 100 percent. A new tile roof should not allow water to seep under the tiles. Water seepage under roof tiles is a sign that your tiles are not properly installed, or that your roof is becoming old. This should be addressed to prolong its life expectancy.
2. Missing or cracked tiles
South Florida is known for its frequent storms and rains. This makes it common for tiles to crack or disappear. Most cases of broken or missing tiles are easily fixed at a low cost. This could be an indication that your tile roof is aging. If your roof is left unattended for too long, it can cause more damage to your roof and make it more costly. If you find cracked or missing tiles on your roof, contact a professional roofing contractor to inspect it and determine if repairs are necessary.
3. Streaks on fascia board
The black streaks that appear on fascia boards and gutters just below the gutters can often be attributed to tar, tile and other roofing materials bonding to them. These streaks can make gutters and fascias appear old and worn. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on gutter replacement every few years. A professional roofer can inspect your roof and find hidden damage, and fix the problem immediately.
4. Interior ceiling stains
A leaking roof could indicate damp patches or stains on your ceiling. It’s important to not underestimate the small watermarks that appear on your ceiling. This could be a sign of water seeping into the roof or a crack in the roof. Do not wait to see if there is more water damage that could lead to a replacement roof.
5. Musty smell in your house
Another thing to look out for is a musty odor, which can often be a sign that mold growth has occurred. Mold growth in your attic or interior space can indicate that water or moisture has penetrated your roof. Get a professional roofing company to inspect your roof and repair any leakages. This will prevent any bacteria or fungi from growing, and your family’s health.
6. Algae buildup in particular areas
Algae on roofs generally have a dark-green color. Algae thrive on concrete and wood tiles, particularly in areas with low sunlight. Gloeocapsa magma, the most common type of roof algae, can slowly eat away tiles and cause expensive roof damage. Your roofer should clean up algae and fix any problems that could cause water to pool on your roof.
7. Water drainage to wash out foundations or flower beds
Your landscaping is probably a labor of love. Consider replacing your gutters if you are tired of spending time and money fixing water damage caused by malfunctioning gutters.
8. Different temperatures can be found in different rooms
Your HVAC system should be able to maintain a comfortable temperature in every room. Temperature differences between rooms could indicate insufficient attic ventilation, or that your roof is damaged and leaky. This can allow bad air in to enter and cool the house. Get your roof checked for damage and have it repaired immediately.
9. Plants that grow out of the roof
Algae growth on your roof does not necessarily mean that you need to have the roof repaired or replaced. Moss growth on your tile roof can cause eye damage and is very common in areas with high humidity. To remove the algae, have your roofer use a gentle wash and an environmentally-safe cleaning agent.
10. Coloration of the roof or wall
If you notice dark streaks or stains in your attic, this could be a sign that water damage has occurred. A professional roofer can inspect your roof to find the source of the water infiltration and help to protect your home’s interior.
Your tile roof will last twice as long if it is maintained and inspected regularly. These are signs that your roof needs to be repaired immediately. Old Time Roofing of St.Petersburg will conduct a comprehensive roof inspection. We’ll give you a free estimate on the repairs that your tile roof will need to prolong its lifespan. Don’t worry about your roof!
This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing, one of the best roofing companies in Saint Petersburg, FL! Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978. Old Time Roofing has a tradition of quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.