Case Study:

Cement Tile Roof Repair

Most of the damage on this cement tile roof likely occurred when a solar water heating system was being installed, but the same type of damage can result from any foot traffic on your cement tile roof. Additionally, an area with a number of incorrectly trimmed tiles may have been faulty from the day the roof was first installed.

The solar system installers damaged numerous cement tiles while installing their product. The damaged tiles were identified during a careful roof inspection by BK Roofing. The underlying water barrier (felt) was not compromised however, so this repair consisted mostly of identifying the cracked and broken tiles, and replacing them with new tiles.

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cement roof tiles can crack under foot traffic

Careless foot traffic on this cement tile roof damaged numerous tiles which all need to be replaced before the sun and weather damage the underlying roof materials.

improperly installed roof tiles

BK Roofing also found several cement roof tiles that were installed improperly, presumably by the original roofing contractor.

tiles should cover nails on lower row

These tiles were cut too short, leaving the lower tile's nail holes exposed to the weather, resulting in a potential water entry point.

damaged tiles are identified and removed

All of the damaged tiles are carefully removed, and replaced with new tiles.

replacement tiles are installed

The completed repair.

the completed cement tile roof repair

This homeowner can rest assured knowing that his roof will now provide protection from the elements the way it was originally intended to, and for many years to come.

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Fix known problems promptly. Repairing damaged and loose shingles or tiles before leaks are detected can ultimately save you serious money. Damaged roof tiles or shingles over time, will eventually expose the underlying water barrier (felt). Once the felt is exposed to the sun, it won't take much longer for this area to "burn" out, and in a relatively short time, you can have water leaking into interior structures. As with many things in life, having a known problem corrected promptly can prevent it from turning into a bigger, more expensive problem later, and this surely applies to the roof on your house.
Keep your roof and gutters clear of debris. Many roof problems start when leaves, pine needles, and other debris accumulates in the valleys and lower areas of your roof. This leads to excess moisture and in some cases, rain water is prevented from flowing off efficiently, and can even get under the shingles and deteriorate the wood sheathing.
Tread lightly. Some roof types are quite susceptible to damage by simply walking on the roof in the wrong way, or with a "heavy foot". Contractors installing satellite dishes or solar collectors can unknowingly cause roof damage while installing their equipment. Cement tile roofs and cedar shakes are prone to this type of damage. The result can be cracked and loosened tiles or shakes which can now shift out of position over time.
Quality and Workmanship Counts. Whenever work is planned for your roof, make sure that your contractor is using high quality materials and methods, and most of all, select a contractor that has a reputation for high quality workmanship. Too many times, workers have been known to cut corners in an effort to save themselves time or money, which ends up costing the homeowners much more when the roof fails prematurely.