Common Issues Found with Tiled Roofs During Inspections

Tiled roofs are a popular choice for homeowners in Australia due to their durability and aesthetic appeal. However, like all roofs, tiled roofs require regular inspections and maintenance to ensure their longevity. Due to recent extreme weather events, we have seen a rise in requests for us to inspect tiled roofing, so we thought it best to discuss some of the most common issues found during these roof inspections and how to address them.

Common Issues Found During An Inspection Of A Tiled Roof

  • Cracked or Broken Tiles: Over time, tiles can become cracked or broken due to weather exposure or foot traffic. Cracked or broken tiles can allow water to seep into the roof and cause leaks.
  • Loose or Slipped Tiles: Tiles can become loose or slip out of place due to improper installation or wear and tear over time. Loose or slipped tiles can also allow water to penetrate the roof and cause leaks.
  • Damaged or Worn Underlayment: The underlayment is a critical component of a tile roof that helps protect the roof deck from moisture damage. Damage or wear to the underlayment can result in water leaks and other issues.
  • Clogged Gutters: If gutters become clogged with debris, water can back up and overflow onto the roof. This can cause water damage to the roof and also create an environment that promotes mould and mildew growth.
  • Improper Flashing: Flashing is used to seal gaps between the roof and chimneys, vents, and other roof penetrations. Improperly installed or worn flashing can allow water to penetrate the roof and cause leaks.
  • Ridge Cap Problems: The ridge cap is the top of the roof where two slopes meet. Ridge caps can become loose or damaged, allowing water to penetrate the roof and cause leaks.
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The Average Lifespan of a Tiled Roof

Tile roofs are known for their durability and can last up to 50 years with proper maintenance and care. However, factors like poor installation, harsh climate, and lack of maintenance can significantly reduce the lifespan of a tile roof. Regular inspections can help catch issues early and extend the lifespan of the roof. One of the advantages of having a professional inspector take a look at your roof is you gain access to invaluable advice based on decades of experience.

Maintenance for Tiled Roofs

Regular maintenance is crucial for tile roofs to prevent issues and ensure their longevity. Some common maintenance tasks you could carry out include:

  • Cleaning gutters
  • Removing debris
  • Checking for damaged or missing tiles
  • Inspecting the underlayment for any signs of wear or damage

Neglecting maintenance can lead to leaks, damaged underlayment, and other issues that can significantly reduce the lifespan of the roof. Safety is always a primary concern for us at Roof Inspection Reports and we encourage you to follow suit if you are considering gaining access to your roof. If you are unsure as to whether your roof needs some TLC and are concerned about your safety while performing maintenance, a roof inspection is a good idea.

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Handling Extreme Weather with Tiled Roofs

Tile roofs are designed to withstand extreme weather conditions, but they can still be vulnerable to damage during severe storms or high winds. Proper installation, including using the correct underlayment and fasteners, is crucial for ensuring the roof can withstand extreme weather conditions. The most common times for inspections on tiled roofing is just after heavy storms which are prevalent in the summer across South East Queensland and Northern NSW.

Finding Leaks in Tiled Roofs

Leaks are a common issue with tile roofs, especially during heavy rainfall or extreme weather. Signs of a leak may include water stains on the ceiling or walls, water dripping from the ceiling, or dampness in the attic. To find the source of the leak, our professional roof inspectors will typically:

  • Inspect the tiles for damage or wear
  • Check the underlayment for signs of damage or wear
  • Assess the flashing around chimneys, vents, and other penetrations
  • Depending on the cause of the leak, the inspector may recommend repairing or replacing damaged tiles, repairing or replacing the underlayment, or resealing the flashing.

We will then prepare an inspection report that will outline what we found along with reference images and suggestions for repair.

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Tiled Roof Inspection Experts Servicing South East Queensland & Northern NSW

Tile roofs are a durable and attractive option for homeowners in Australia, but they require regular inspections and some level of maintenance to ensure their longevity. Common issues found during inspections include damage or wear to tiles, damage to the underlayment, loose tiles and leaks. Our roof inspection services are very affordable and are always a better alternative when compared to costly repairs.

If you are concerned about the condition of your tiled roofing or think it might be time to get a sitrep on its condition, get in touch with us by calling 0418 677 524. You can also contact us online by heading over to our contact page here.