What Every Homeowner Needs to Know About Terracotta Tile Roof Maintenance
Terracotta tile roofs are very attractive, keep homes cooler even in the hottest weather and compared to many other roofing options, are relatively low maintenance. However, that doesn’t mean that you’ll never need tiled roof repairs done. With a little upkeep, a tiled roof can easily last for decades or even as long as a century, but it’s understandable that many homeowners have some questions about terracotta tile. The following are a few of the questions we’re most commonly asked about tile roofs.
Q: Do cracked tiles need to be replaced?
A: It depends. If the crack is small, it might only be an aesthetic issue (at least for the moment) and can be sealed with a filler material. If the crack is larger, then it might be a better idea to replace it entirely. Keeping your tiles in good condition helps keep the load of the roof balanced, which extends the life of the entire roof.
Q: How often will I need to have tiled roof repairs done?
A: While terracotta tile is fairly resistant to extremes of heat and cold, moisture and the elements in general, you may occasionally notice that a tile has cracked or broken. Repair in these cases can be as simple as replacing or resealing the affected tile. As far as major maintenance goes, the felt underlay below the tile will need to be replaced every 20 to 30 years, even though the tiles themselves may still be in very good condition.
Q: Is terracotta fire resistant?
A: Yes. Terracotta will not burn and this is one of the many reasons that homeowners opt for a tile roof.
Terracotta roof tiles are one of the most attractive and durable roofing options for your home. They’re pest resistant, non-flammable and have a classic style which has made them a favorite for centuries; when properly installed and maintained, your terra cotta roof will last a lifetime.