making decisions about roof replacements

making decisions about roof replacements

Extending The Life Of Your Terracotta Roof

by Lorraine Fisher

You could get nearly a century of service from your clay roof. By putting out a little effort to keep the roof in good shape and looking nice, this may be the last roof you'll put on the house. Here are some of the ways that you can make sure that you'll get the most life from your terracotta roof.

1. Keep the roof clean and dry.

Wet clay tiles can develop algae on them. These plants send tiny roots down into the clay and create tiny cracks. These tiles will then develop leaks under the roof. They may also break apart completely, creating a major water leak in the house. Sweep or hose off any debris that allows water to collect on the roof. If you spot any signs of algae on the roof, the following will remove it from the tiles:

  1. Create a solution of equal parts chlorine and water in a sprayer.
  2. Soak the tiles showing algae growth and the tiles next to them.
  3. Scrub the tiles with a brush that has soft bristles.
  4. Rinse the area off with fresh water.

2. Repair cracked tiles before they break apart.

A cracked tile can cause a leak, but they are also at risk of breaking apart entirely. As soon as you spot a cracked tile, patch it before it gets worse.

  1. Clean out the crack to remove any dirt or pieces of clay.
  2. Fill the crack with clear silicone sealer from a tube or caulking gun.
  3. Wipe any excess sealer from the surface of the tile.

3. Replace broken tiles quickly.

When a tile breaks apart, it lets water get under the tiles below it. A broken tile must be replaced completely and as quickly as you can after spotting it. This is more challenging than patching a cracked tile, so you may want to call on a roofing service to do this repair. If you want to try to replace the tile yourself, here is the process:

  1. Break up the tile into smaller pieces with a hammer or pry bar, being careful not to damage the tiles around it.
  2. Remove all of the pieces from the roof.
  3. Pull up the nails under the overhanging tile that secured the broken tile to the roof.
  4. Brush away any dust and clay fragments from the area.
  5. Slip the new tile under the overhanging tile and mark where the new tile is exposed.
  6. Spread roof sealer on the new tile up to the line you drew on it.
  7. Put a bead of sealer on the edges of the new tile where it will rest on the roof.
  8. Insert the new tile under the overhanging tile and push it down on the tile below it.
  9. Remove any excess sealer on the exposed surfaces of the new tile.

For more information or assistance repairing your roof, talk to a roofing service in your area.


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making decisions about roof replacements

Is the roof on your home ready for replacement? If so, do you know what type of roofing you are going to have installed to replace it? Will you have the existing roof removed, or just have the home re-roofed? You will face several decisions while you work to replace the roof on your home. Scroll through my site to find a great list that can help you decide what product and method of installation will be best for your home. Hopefully, the information provided will take some of the confusion and stress out of this big, important home improvement project.