Greenwich Roofing: Article About Clay Tile Roofing Maintenance
Clay tiles are a popular choice for homeowners who are looking for a unique roofing material that will provide adequate protection for the home. However, homeowners should consider the amount of maintenance that the tiles need before having the material installed. A Greenwich roofing contractor can walk potential consumers through the maintenance process.
Every so often, clay tiles should be inspected by the homeowner. This can be done from the ground and from within the attic if possible. From the outside, homeowners should look for broken or cracked clay tiles. If any are noticed, they need to be replaced as soon as possible. The good news is that if damaged tiles are found, only the damaged tiles need to be replaced. From within the attic, homeowners should look for sunlight coming through the roof and evidence of water damage.
The easiest way to keep a clay tile roof clean is to use a power washer. Because clay tiles are made from clay that has been baked, a pressure washer will not cause damage to the tiles as long as the sprayer is kept a safe distance away.
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The power washer will break up the dirt and debris and cause it to slide off the roof. If the power washer does not remove the dirt or if there is moss on the tiles, a combination of warm water and a mild detergent will help.
Clay tiles need to be sealed occasionally to prevent dirt from caking up. It is usually recommended that a roofer do the sealing to ensure that it is done correctly. The roofer will apply a clear alkyd primer to the tiles. Once the primer has dried, a clear acrylic sealer will be applied. This can make cleaning the tiles even easier.
In general, clay tiles do not necessarily need as much maintenance as other types of roofing materials, such as asphalt shingles. However, there are ways that homeowners can damage the roof during basic maintenance. They should never walk around on the tiles because their weight could cause some of the tiles to crack. Because of a tile's concave shape, it is easy for a homeowner to slip and fall.
When properly maintained, clay tiles can last for a minimum of 50 years. Some clay roofs have lasted for centuries. If the homeowner is willing to do the work, a clay tile roof can be a great option for a home.