Maintaining a Spanish Tile Roof

Maintaining a Spanish tile roof is not as difficult as one might thing. They are durable roofs that don’t require a great deal of maintenance and can last for many years. There are a few things that need to be done yearly or even semi-yearly to ensure that the roof will continue to keep in good repair before it becomes a large expense.

Visual Inspection

Twice a year, or after any major storm, a visual inspection of the roof should be made in order to replace any tile that is broken or cracked. Like with other roofing materials, if it has been compromised in any way it can lead to leaks that can create even further damage.

Doing a simple walk around the home may find areas that need to be corrected. The most common of these are simple branches that are brushing or even lying on the tiles. Make note of these so that when you are on the roof you can remember to trim them back. Even the smallest of branches in a high wind can crack or even break a tile.

To the Roof

The next step is going to take you to the top of the roof. Using a good ladder, climb up and get a good look at the tiles. Take a broom with you for this initial inspection. If you find any leaves or other debris on the tiles, sweep them off so you can not only see the tiles better, but allowing them to stay can lead to mold, moss, or even tile damage as more debris gets caught up and packed in.

If you live in a wetter climate, or have many large trees that shade your home, watch for mold and moss growing on the tiles. You will need to remove this as soon as you possibly can to keep your tiles looking beautiful. Mold and moss can stain the tiles, and even cause underling problems if allowed to sit.

Using a bleach and water solution that is 1 part bleach to 4 parts water and a good still scrub brush will get any dark streaks off your roof quite efficiently. You will have to thoroughly rinse the roof when you are done and take care not to slip since the bleach can make tiles slick.

If you have a pressure washer, your job is much easier that having to scrub. Simply washing the tiles with this can get almost all the dirt and filth off your roof in a matter of minutes. It is still a good idea to have the bleach solution handy to assist with stains.

Minor Tile Repairs

If you find any broken tiles, have a professional roofer come in to handle those unless you know how to replace them yourself. Any cracked tiles can be easily repaired with either tile sealant or tile adhesive. Simply spread it onto the tile over the crack about ½ inch beyond the crack to insure a solid seal and added strength.