Many of the most common roof problems with tiled roof are actually easy to fix. In fact, when the actual roof tiles are damaged, it usually doesn't have a big effect on the functionality and insulation of the roof. However, it is the actual roof deck that you need to worry about. When the roofing material becomes loose or leaky, moisture can penetrate the deck underneath it, causing it to rot and become leaky. These problems usually become severe because, once the roof deck gets wet, it is very hard for it to dry off.
So, when it comes to damaged tile, it is all about repairing them to reinforce the waterproof seal over your decking material. Repairing just a few broken tiles on your roof is much easier than having to remove any of your tiles to repair just the deck.
Tile repair is definitely something you should leave to the professionals unless you have a flat roof or an easily repaired product like asphalt. But, if you have a pitched roof with wood shingles, you don't want to be walking around on it, especially if some of the shingles are damaged. This is definitely the case with shaped tiles, which can be very dangerous to walk on. If you don't step on the exact right spot of the tile, you can crack it. In fact, many people end up having to make repairs to their tile roof because they walked on the wrong parts of it. If you try to walk on your roof while putting up Christmas lights, servicing your TV dish, or repairing something else, there is a good chance that you caused the damage yourself.
Professional roofers can use a variety of different techniques to safely move around on your roof without causing any further damage to the deck. Whether they are using scaffolding, rubber sheets to walk on, or just strategically walking in the most secure parts of the roof, they can usually do the repairs without breaking any more tile.
Matching Old Tiles
When you do have to repair a tile roof and replace individual tiles in a few spots, you might have a problem matching the new product with the old product. That is, the product on your roof will have had years of being exposed to the sun so that it is perfectly faded and aged. This is why it is a good idea to leave a few of the leftover tile pieces outside so they can receive the same exposure and undergo the same fading and aging.
Even if your tile doesn't match perfectly at first, it will eventually blend in and look great after it is installed on your roof. For more information, contact a company like Craven Construction.