Your new terracotta roof could protect your home for the next century. There are a few maintenance tasks that you can do to help prolong the life of your new roof. Here are a few of the ways that you can make sure to get the maximum life from your terracotta roof.
1. Clean debris off of the roof that may trap water.
Leaves, sticks and branches can form a barrier to water flowing off of the roof. When water sits on the roof, the tiles become vulnerable to algae growing. These plants send tiny roots down into the clay, which can crack and break tiles. Not only does this detract from how the roof looks, it can create a leak where the tiles have cracked. Sweep or hose off your roof when you notice debris collecting on it. Should you spot signs of algae when cleaning the roof, remove it quickly with the following:
2. Repair any cracked tiles.
A cracked tile can let water under the roof and into your house. The crack can also expand and break the tile, requiring you to replace it completely. As soon as you spot a cracked tile, patch it as follows:
3. Replace broken tiles immediately.
A broken tile may already be letting water get under the roof. Broken tiles cannot be repaired; they must be replaced. You need to be careful when replacing a broken tile so you don't crack adjoining tiles. If you're uncomfortable with this task, have a professional roofer replace the tile for you.
For more information, contact Roofs by Rodger or a similar company.Share