Clay Tile Roof Maintenance Instructions Clay Tile Roof Maintenance Instructions
A clay tile roof is one of the most popular types of roof styles used today for looks and low maintenance. While most clay tile roofs are found in warmer places like California and the tropics, clay tiles are suitable for just about any climate.
The history of clay tiles sometimes referred to as Mexican tiles, dates back centuries and while they are attractive to look at, they do require some limited maintenance.
Clay tiles are created using clay and sand and are then fired in a wood kiln, which makes them hard and highly durable for roofing. Lastly, the tiles are glazed with a special material to keep them intact and from cracking.
Whether you plan to maintain the clay tile roof yourself or hire an expert, always be sure that you practice the appropriate safety steps when working on the rooftop. Be sure to have someone on hand while you are on the roof or when hiring an expert be sure they have credentials and are insured.
Because clay tiles are actually fired clay, they can sometimes crack or leak. If you notice a broken or cracked clay tile, it is important to replace it immediately. It also best to hire a professional roofer to make the repairs who is qualified to do so. Inspect the roof with a binoculars and a ladder as opposed to climbing up on the roof. It is best to inspect for leaks and broken tiles once a year.
Do Not Walk
Because of the concave shape of these tiles they are not easy to walk on; if you do take the chance of walking on the roof for an inspection, you could risk stepping on them and cracking them even more.
Thanks to the firing process, clay roofing does well against harsh elements. For example, it is rare that they ever loose their color; they do not fade in the sun or become damaged in the rain.
Most homeowners enjoy the benefits of a clay roof when it comes to their energy bill. Clay tiles attract the sun which means they act as solar heat. The ultimate result is that they keep your home cooler in the summer months, driving energy costs down.
One of the best and easiest ways to keep your clay tile roofing looking like new is to use a power washer. A power washer has a motor and a sprayer with nozzle that sprays water directly onto the surface of what you are cleaning. It has a high level of water pressure, which helps breaks down dirt and debris. Do not, however, aim the sprayer too close to the tiles. A simple solution of warm water and mild dish detergent can help remove algae or dirt from the tiles. Applying a sealant can also help keep algae, mold and dirt at bay.
If you choose to clean the tiles yourself, be sure to ask a friend or someone who can spot you from the ground level. Clay tiles can get slippery when wet, thus you could fall if you are power washing. If you are not an expert in this process, you might want to think about hiring a professional roofer to tackle the power washing.