Tile roofs are some of the most durable roof types available. However, even the most long-lasting roofing materials eventually need to be replaced.
If you are considering rooftop solar panels for your home, it is important to make sure that your rooftop will outlast the lifetime of your solar system. And considering that the average solar PV system can last up to 25 years or longer, you might want to upgrade your tile roof before going solar. Here are some signs it is time to invest in tile roof replacement.
Old Shingle System
When a roof’s shingle system is outdated, it is customary to encounter roof leaks. If you see broken shingles, it might be time to replace your tile roof.
Occasionally, a roof may have several broken shingles. In this instance, it is recommended to replace the shingle system entirely. In addition, some weather conditions may shorten the lifetime of shingles and accelerate their deterioration. In these cases, replacing your tile roof may be the way to go.
Blistering of Shingles
It is typical to see black stains on your roof. Some might be so severe that depressions appear on the shingles. People often mistake a hailstone mark for a blister. Therefore, you must distinguish between hail impacts and blisters to make informed decisions about tile roof replacement and avoid unnecessary costs.
In contrast to hail, blistering significantly reduces the durability of your roof. A pattern of black spots on your roof is likely the consequence of granules on the shingles popping and splitting due to overheating. Poor ventilation causes overheating. Consequently, it is essential to have an effective ventilation system.
As shingles endure deterioration, they tend to become brittle. The most effective action is the replacement of old shingles with new ones. Brittleness reduces a roof’s durability. When faced with a cluster of brittle shingles, experts recommend complete tile replacement or partial tile replacement.
Sometimes the only thing that can save your roof is tile roof replacement, especially when the entire roofing system has a series of brittle shingles. It is thus essential to know the cost of tearing off and replacing an entire roof to plan your finances accordingly.
The presence of moss on a roof implies roof deterioration or fractured shingles. For moss to flourish, a steady supply of moisture is required. Unfortunately, water may readily enter the roof via exterior fractures, fostering moss and, in some instances, mold development. When this occurs, you should inspect their roof and note where tiles need to be replaced or partially replaced.
Cracks Around the Chimney
During construction, architects allow space in the roof for the chimney. When roofing contractors come to install the roofs, they may overlook some areas surrounding the chimney or break shingles to fit the chimney. The shingles may deteriorate and leak over time due to elements such as the chimney’s heat. It is advisable to repair cracks surrounding the chimney should you discover them.
In addition, some specialists recommend removing the chimney from the roof. Often, leaks occur near the chimney. If the chimney is removed, tile roof replacement may be necessary.
Stains Around the Interior
Stains resembling a map on the ceiling indicate water is entering the home via cracks or damaged shingles. Similarly, watermarks on a wall’s inside portion show fractures or damaged shingles that permit water to enter the house. Depending on the damage, the markings may be large or minute. If the markings are dispersed, numerous shingles need replacement or partial replacement.
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