Concrete and fiber cement roof tiles that become cracked could lead to leaks and damage to the membrane that rests below the cracked roofing materials. A contractor will use the following steps when repairing your roof.
Minor Damage To Tiles
Cracks are one of the most common types of damage that tile rooftops endure. Cracks can occur if too much stress is placed on a rooftop. For instance, a fallen tree limb that is heavy could damage roofing materials.
Minor damage includes hairline cracks and narrow cracks. Minor damage may necessitate a patching process. A contractor will use a filling agent to repair small cracks. Before the patching begins, a contractor will need to clean the surface of each damaged tile. A small brush and a cleaning agent are used to do this. Once the filling agent is applied, it will be smoothed out.
Extensive Damage To Tiles
Extensive damage includes large cracks and broken tile pieces. If heavy rain comes into contact with tiles that have been damaged extensively, water will seep through the cracks and accumulate between the broken pieces. This could lead to the membrane becoming damaged.
A membrane is the material that rests below the tiles. The membrane is a support material that acts similarly to roof decking. Extensive damage will require the damaged tiles to be removed. First, a contractor will calculate how many tiles will need to be replaced. They will order the materials needed to restore the condition of the roof.
Once they have the replacement materials, they will use a pry bar or a similar tool to lift broken tiles from the rooftop. The contractor will assess the membrane next. This assessment will determine if the membrane is still intact.
If the membrane isn't damaged, the contractor can install the new tiles. If the membrane is damaged, the contractor will need to remove the damaged materials and secure new ones on the rooftop.
The Attachment Steps
Concrete tiles and fiber cement tiles are installed similarly. They are laid across a rooftop, forming a pattern. Roofing nails are not used to attach tiles. An adhesive is used to secure tiles.
An adhesive product that is waterproof will be applied to the backside of each new concrete or fiber cement tile that is being installed. The adhesive will be spread across the underside of each tile. Then, a contractor will press each tile against the roofing membrane.
To schedule a roof inspection, contact a roofing contractor in your area such as Biondo Contracting.