A homeowner seeks the answer to 2 questions, when inquiring about the lifetime of a tile roof. Here are those questions: How long should it last? When must it be replaced?
Events that can aid creation of a leak in a tile roof
The sun bakes the asphalt underlayment: The excessive amount of baking produces cracks in the underlayment. Water finds the cracks and enters the home through those small openings. Some tiles slip from their intended position. A slipped tile can expose the underlayment. The sun’s heat bakes the exposed material. The baking scorches the underlayment, and the scorching causes cracking.
How to identify problems that might lead to leaking in a tile roof
Arrange for regular roof inspections. Make note of the sort of items that wash out of the downspout in the gutter system. A baked and cracked underlayment allows for the release of granules from the asphalt. The rainwater washes down those same granules. Roofing Contractor in San Jose will check for cracked or broken tiles. The appearance of those could signal the creation of an empty spot, a place where a tile has slipped.
The asphalt underlayment contains more than granules. Consequently, the sun’s heat has the ability to damage more than the asphalt’s granules. As the rainwater loosens those other materials, those loosened substances join the granules that have been found in the gutters and in the liquid mix that emerges from the downspout.
Recognize the effects of water. It can stain a hard surface, such as a ceiling. In other words, stains on the ceiling signal the existence of a leak. An added effort must go into a thorough inspection. That added effort should incorporate an examination of the underside of the roof’s deck. Stains in that area can confirm the suspected existence of a leak.
Do not overlook the availability of new tools.
In the past homeowners had to climb a ladder, in order to inspect the roofing structure. Today, a new tool has made the job of the roofing inspector much easier. That new tool is a drone with a camera. Drones are normally viewed as a device that allows one person to spy on someone else. Yet the drone’s ability to snap pictures from the sky makes it the ideal tool for a roof inspector. It can complete the inspection tasks in a reduced amount of time.
Still, the homeowner must keep track of the drone’s location, as it starts snapping pictures. Otherwise, no one will know how to find the spot with the damaged or slipped tile. If that spot remains a mystery, the affected area on the rooftop cannot be repaired.
So, that same unrepaired region keeps allowing the entrance of leaking water.