Dang, you’re smart.
You want to check out your tile roof for potential problems and fix those problems before they get worse. Props!
But how can a mere mortal (non-roofer) inspect a tile roof?
Simple. Just read on.
We’ll show you:
- How to physically inspect a tile roof
- What to look for when inspecting a tile roof
How to inspect: DON’T walk on your tile roof (please)
For your safety, and to prevent tiles from breaking, we’d suggest not walking on your roof.Clay tile is especially fragile and is almost guaranteed to break if you get on it.
Instead, use binoculars to eye your roof from a distance. Also, you can get up on a ladder at various places around your roof.
OK, enough of the PSA.
Now you need to know what to look for. Get on your ladder and look for these common roofing problems
Problem #1: Broken or missing tiles
Missing or broken tiles can allow the roof underlayment (waterproofing element) to erode.
How? Well, with a tile gone, the underlayment is now vulnerable to the elements, like the sun and birds.
Problem #2: Organic debris between tiles
Organic debris (plant materials like mold and lichen) can literally eat away at the underlayment.
Here’s a tile roof that’s in severe need of roof maintenance:
Problem #3: Bad flashing
Flashing (the non-trenchcoat variety) is the material around any pipes, vents or other protrusions. Bad or improper flashing can lead to water damage.
Here’s a tile roof with bad flashing around the chimney:
See all those gaps? Welcome to water damage city.
Problem #4: Water damaged fascia boards
A facia board is a long, straight board that runs along the lower edge of your tile roof. These boards may need repairing or replacing because they’re vulnerable to water and thus can rot.
Look for cracks and discoloration in the fascia boards around the roof.
Here’s an example of a cracking facia board that needs some lovin’.
Problem 5: Sagging roof
If you see your tile roof sagging, then there are two possible problems:
- Some roof material has weakened
- Roof has too much weight
You may have to have a professional roofer coordinate with a structural engineer to analyze and correct any structural issues with your roof.
Learn more: “Why Is My Roof Sagging?” [FAQ]
The problem you can’t easily see: bad underlayment
Everything so far is easy to spot. But bad underlayment is trickier to find because—true to its name—it’s under the tile, protecting your roof from water damage.
And getting up on your roof and uncovering all your tiles isn’t something you need to tackle.
So, here’s what you need to know: underlayment needs replacing every 12-20 years. If your roof is around that age and hasn’t been inspected in a while, call a Phoenix or Tucson area roofer for a roof inspection.
They’ll know if your underlayment needs replacing if it looks like this:
Live in the Tucson or Phoenix area and want a roofing inspection or maintenance? Contact Lyons Roofing for help.