Recognizing Tile Roof Problems

Recognizing Tile Roof Problems

Does Your Roof Need Repair?

If you think your tile roof has potential issues and you want fix those problems before they becoming bigger and more expensive issues, you’ll need to know what to look for. However, how can a homeowner inspect their tile roof and recognize the telling points that may show your roof has problems? Read on and we’ll help you with telltale signs that your roof may need some attention.

We’ll be discussing:

  • Physically inspect a tile roof correctly
  • Signs to look for when inspecting your tile roof

Remember, do not walk on your tile roof! To be safe, and to keep yourself from breaking tiles, we recommend you don’t walk on your roof.  This is especially important when you have a fragile clay tile roof. A good suggestions would be to use binoculars to inspect your roof from a distance from your yard or up on a secured ladder. Move the ladder to different view angles around your property to get a clear view of the entire roof.

Know What To Look For


Issue #1

Organic Debris
Between Tiles

Plant materials like mold and lichen or small branches and leaves can literally eat away at the underlayment.  This will leave your roof vulnerable and could void your roof’s warranty. If your tile roof is covered with lots of leaves, branches, and other organic debris, schedule a professional roofing contractor to preform maintenance as soon as you can.


Issue #2


Flashing is the material around any pipes, vents, chimneys or other penetrations on your roof. Decayed or poorly installed flashing can lead to water penetrating under the tiles and potentially damaging your underlayment.


Issue #3

Broken or
Missing Tiles

Missing or broken tiles will allow the tile roof underlayment (the roofs waterproofing feature) to decay. How does this happen? With a tile missing, the underlayment is now open and vulnerable to the weather and elements, like the hot sun, torrential monsoon rains and organic material from birds.


Issue #4

Moisture Damaged
Fascia Boards

Fascia boards are long, straight boards that run along the lower edge of your tile roof. These boards may need repair or replacement since they’re susceptible to moisture and can rot or decay. You should look for cracks and discoloration in the fascia boards around the roof.


Issue #5

A Sagging

If you think your tile roof is sagging, it may be that the roofing material that supports the roof has weakened.  Another reason could be that your roof has too much weight for the structure.  You may need to have a professional tile roof repair contractor bring in a structural engineer to analyze and recommend corrections to any structural problems your roof has.

The Underlying Issue

Deteriorating Underlayment

Everything we’ve pointed out so far is fairly easy to spot. However, deteriorating underlayment is harder to see because – as its name implies – it’s underneath the tile, which protects your roof from water penetrating through to the interior. Getting up on your roof and uncovering tiles to check your underlayment isn’t something you want to do yourself.

Here’s the most important thing to know – the underlayment on your tile roof needs to be replaced eventually. Usually between  12 and 20 years is about how long you can expect it to last in a climate like Phoenix.. If your roof is more than 12 years old and hasn’t been inspected in some time, you should contact an experienced tile roof repair company for a comprehensive roof inspection.

Does Your Underlayment Need Replacing?

The underlayment and flashings are critical on a tile roof because they are the primary water barrier to keep moisture from penetrating your roof. The tiles themselves are mostly for architectural curb appeal and helps to protect the underlayment. Since the tiles can last 50 years or more, your underlayment needs to be of similar quality. Usually, the tiles on the roof will outlast the underlayment and the flashings around your roof penetrations.

Whatever type of underlayment is deployed on your tile roof, the installation is as critical as the material used. It’s most important that proper sealing measures and flashing material is used at all penetrations for chimneys, skylights, pipes and roof vents. Valleys in your roof are also problem areas that need special attention.

Emergency Roof Repair Contractors

Mikku and Sons Roofing has been helping residents throughout Phoenix since 2001. Our experienced and friendly crew members can inspect your roof and help you get it ready for the monsoon season to help you reduce the risk of damage. But, if your roof does have damage due to monsoon storms, we are ready to help you with quick and complete roof repair. We have experience in all types of roofs, including tile, shingle and flat roofs on both personal residences and commercial property. We are fully licensed and insured and make it our mission to provide quality workmanships and exceptional service.

Call us today at (623) 465-1068 to find out how we can help you prepare your roof for the coming monsoon season or to repair it after a storm.

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Common Problems With Tile Roofs

Tile Roof Repair

Tile roofs are beautiful. They're durable, long lasting and offer southwest style to any home. But they develop problems just like any other type of roof.  Like most roof problems, the sooner a problem is discovered, the better, because that means you'll have to spend way less money fixing it than if the problem lingers and causes bigger problems. In light of this, we'd like to point out a few common problems with tile roofs, so you can contact a reliable roofing contractor to fix your problem as soon as you spot it.

1 – One of the biggest problems is using poor quality materials to install on your roof. Make sure you purchase tiles for your roof that are ASTM certified. The market for roofing materials has been strong and there's been a flood  low quality tiles pushed to consumers because of this. If you use non-ASTM certified tiles, your roof's lifespan will be significantly reduced and you'll have much more frequent need for repairs. Saving money in the installation will only cost you much more down the road. I

2 – Even if you use top quality tiles, if you use inexperienced , unlicensed or amateur contractors to install them, you'll be sorry later. Make sure you're hiring a reliable, professional, properly licensed and insured company like this one to do the job. This goes for any repairs you need, also. Don't hire a handyman or someone that will do a cheap job for you to make any repairs on your roof. Make sure , again, that they're a professional roofing contractor

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3 – Material build-up on the tiles. The material tiles are made of is porous and susceptible to moisture and organic debris. If you have any trees that are constantly drooping leaves, branches, twigs or other debris on your roof, make sure you are diligent about removing it from your roof on a consistent basis. If you don't, the tiles will begin to wear out and crack, or the debris will work its way under the tiles and destroy the integrity of the underlayment. 

4 – Storms and weather. Here in Arizona, we can have violent, sudden storms, especially during the monsoon season. High winds can knock tiles loose or cause them to slide, exposing the underlayment below. If you have trees near your roof, branches can sway in the wind and wreak havoc on your tiles. Make sure you check your roof after storms and have a professional roofing contractor inspect your roofs integrity at least once a year before the storm season starts.

5 – Walking on the roof. Tiles are made from cast concrete or clay and can be broken if walked upon. Clay tiles can be especially sensitive to weight. Don't walk on your roof unless there's no way to avoid it. If you need to have a section of your roof checked that is hard to see from the ground, hire a professional roofer to inspect the area for you, to avoid risk and damage to the roof.

If you use quality materials, keep debris clear, inspect regularly and only use professional, licensed contractors to work on it, your tile roof will provide many years of protection and beauty to your home or business. 

If we can be of any service, or you have any question at all, don't hesitate to call us at (623) 465-1068.


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