3 Signs You Should Have Your Home's Old Tile Roof Replaced

Posted on: 26 June 2017

If your home's tile roof is over a couple of decades old, you may start wondering if it is time to have it replaced. Even though tile roofing is durable, there are three signs you should look for that mean it is time to replace your roof.

Broken or Missing Tiles

Thanks to weather, constant sun exposure, and fallen branches, you may have a few cracked tiles on your roof. However, when they start breaking in half or come off the roof completely, you should assess the roof to see the extent of the damage.

While standing on a ladder, look at the overall condition of all of your tiles. However, do not go walking around on the roof. If the tiles are old, they may be brittle and your footsteps could cause more damage to them.

If you notice only a few tiles that are broken or missing, you may be able to get away with replacing the affected ones. However, if you see that almost half of your tiles are damaged, it is time to replace the entire roof.

Mold Growth under the Tiles

Along with broken and missing tiles, another sign that you should have your roof replaced is the presence of mold growth beneath the tiles. Not only does the mold pose a danger to the integrity of the tiles, but it also reveals a more serious threat to your home.

If mold is able to grow under the tiles, this means that water is leaking underneath them. If this is the case, the water is more than likely causing damage to the tile roof's underlayment, the material put down between your home's wood and the tiles. 

If water has caused damage to the underlayment, your roof could start leaking at any time. Especially when paired with the scenario discussed in the next section, you should have your roof inspected.

Water Spots on Exposed Eaves

When water is managing to slip under the tiles, it may run down the slope of the roof of your home. Once it reaches the eaves, it can sit there until it dries. While there, the water stains the wood and eventually causes it to rot.

Walk along the outside of your home, looking at any areas where the eaves of the roof are exposed. If you see water spots or notice that the wood is rotting, you need to have a roofer look at your roof and see about replacing it.

If you find one or more of the above signs, you may want to consider replacing your old tile roof. If so, contact a roofing company that specializes in installing new tile roofing to have them inspect your roof and discuss the options available to you for replacing your home's roof.