Tile roof

Tile Roof Maintenance Guide


Any roof is an investment, but some materials are more expensive than others. A tile roof often has a high price tag, but for the higher price, you get many years of beauty in addition to some other benefits that will probably save you money in the long term.

Not only will a tile roof often raise the value of a home, but this roofing material is also exceptionally strong and environmentally friendly. Once our expert contractors are finished installing your new tile roof, maintenance isn't complicated, and the tile roof maintenance cost is often lower than with other roofing materials.

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Start With a Sturdy Roof

The maintenance challenges you'll face will be determined in part by the grade of the tiles you have installed.

Tile roofing comes in three grades, with each grade having a different degree of resistance to issues such as frost. It's crucial to have the correct tile grade installed for the location of your house and the typical weather conditions there.

For instance, tile that absorbs more moisture will not perform well in harsh climates because this leads to water absorption and then freezing, which can lead to cracking over time.

Homes in areas with extreme winter weather need grade 1 tiles. When you work with RoofClaim, we'll match you with a skilled contractor who's local to you, meaning that they'll be knowledgeable about the climate your roof will need to withstand.

How Much Does Tile Roof Maintenance Cost?

Most homeowners find that once they have a tile roof properly installed, the maintenance cost is minimal. As long as you perform a few basic tasks regularly, your tile roof should last for many years to come.

Watch for the appearance of algae on the tiles, and clean it off promptly if you notice it. Some homeowners might choose to use a pressure washer to apply a special cleanser to remove the algae, but you could also hire an expert to perform this work. Leaving algae unattended for some time and then removing it could cause permanent streaking on the tile, so it's important to deal with it sooner rather than later. If you hire a professional to handle the job, this could be the priciest item in your roof tile maintenance guide, costing a few hundred dollars on average.

Have a professional perform an inspection at least once per year. Tile roofs can be slippery, so stay on the safe side and hire a full-service inspector. This expert will be able to check for cracks in the tile, which may be able to be repaired before a more serious problem arises. You'll pay as little as $99 for an inspection with RoofClaim.

Also, no matter what type of roof you have, it's important to keep the gutters clear of debris. If the gutters back up and water overflows, this could damage the roof.

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How Do You Clean Them Without A Pressure Washer?

  1. Broom and brush: Use a soft-bristled broom to remove any loose debris from the roof, followed by a soft-bristled brush to scrub away any dirt or stains.
  2. Garden hose: Wet the roof with a garden hose to loosen any dirt or debris. Then, use a soft-bristled brush or sponge to gently scrub away any remaining dirt or stains. Rinse the roof thoroughly with the garden hose, starting from the top and working downwards.
  3. Chemical cleaning solution: There are specialized cleaning solutions that are safe for use on roof tiles. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for dilution and application. Typically, the solution is sprayed onto the roof and left to sit for a specified amount of time before being rinsed off with a garden hose.
  4. Eco-friendly cleaning solution: Mix equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle and apply it to the roof tiles. Let it sit for 15 to 30 minutes, then rinse the roof with a garden hose.
  5. Roof cleaning service: If you are not comfortable cleaning your roof tiles yourself, consider hiring a professional roof cleaning service. They will have the necessary equipment and expertise to clean your roof safely and effectively.

Remember, safety should always come first when cleaning a roof. Wear appropriate protective gear, such as slip-resistant shoes and a safety harness if necessary. And never attempt to clean a roof that is wet or slippery.

How RoofClaim Can Help

If you think your tile roof may be nearing the end of its lifespan, RoofClaim can assist with a drone-powered inspection to ascertain the condition of the tile. Our roof inspections are easy and convenient, and you don't even have to be present when your inspection happens.

Then, if you need a tile roof replacement, we'll use our AI solutions to match you with a skilled local contractor in our nationwide network of vetted roofing experts. We can even assist with insurance claim processing if necessary. And once the project is finished, it'll be backed by our Million-Dollar Guarantee.

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