If you arrange for the installation of a tile or terra cotta roof, then you will end up with a beautiful and sturdy structure on your home. These roofs require special care and attention though, or the tiles will crack, break, and fall off your roof. This can leave a large portion of your home exposed to rain, snow, and sleet. You can prevent this by implementing proper maintenance techniques, and the examples below are good options to keep your roof in great shape.
If you have a tile roof, then the tiles that are secured on your home are full of small openings or pores. These pores provide the perfect spaces for mold and mildew spores to attach themselves. Moisture, dirt, and debris sit in the spaces as well, and this will cause your roof to form a layer of debris and mildew. When the tiles accumulate with moisture over a long period of time, they can weaken. This is true as well when mildew forms and places pressure on the tile materials. Your roof will also look poor, and this means you need to clear away all of the debris.
If you have tile materials in your home, then you know that you need to scrub them to remove mildew and dirt. Unfortunately, you should not place pressure on your roof if you do not have to, or tiles will crack under your weight. You can scrub your roofing tiles without climbing on your roof though, by using a pressure washer.
Use a Pressure Washer
You can either rent or buy a pressure washer from your local home store. When you pick up the device, make sure that you find a model that has a light duty setting. This setting will release between 1300 and 1800 pounds per square inch (PSI) of water. This is necessary, because tile is considered a fragile material that can break when too much direct pressure is applied to it.
Once you rent or buy the pressure washer, attach a hose to the machine and use a ladder to gain clear access to your roof. Make sure that the nozzle of the washer is kept about one or two feet away from the tiles, and use a sweeping motion to clear away the debris.
Add Sodium Hydroxide
Once you have rinsed the tiles on your roof, make sure to remove mold, mildew, and other stuck on debris with sodium hydroxide. This chemical is a strong base that will safely clean clay and terra cotta materials. The organic compounds that are used to create clay materials are also basic, and this means that you need to stay away from acidic cleaners that can eat through your roof. You can find sodium hydroxide solutions at your local home store. Just make sure that the material is not highly concentrated or it may burn your skin. Even if you find a safe product to use, make sure to wear gloves and goggles while you clean.
Once you purchase the cleaner, add the sodium hydroxide to your pressure washer in the compartment where you can place soaps and other detergents. Spray your roof with the material and let it sit for several minutes. Rinse your roof with water afterwards.
Repair Small Cracks
If your roof is exposed to ice, hail, or wind, then small cracks may start to form within the tiles that sit on your roof. These small fractures can widen when water works its way into the openings. The entire tile can then crack apart, because the outsides of your tiles are generally covered by an acrylic sealant, but the insides are not. This means that you need to seal cracks before they grow any larger.
Use Silicone Caulk
You can use a variety of different materials to repair the cracks in your clay or terra cotta roofing tiles, but silicone caulk is your best option. This is the case, because this material comes in a clear variety so that you can retain the natural beauty of the clay material. Silicone caulk will also create a waterproof barrier. Purchase several tubes of caulk at your local home store and also buy a caulk gun.
You can fix the cracks in your tile roof by setting caulk in them, but this means that you need to climb on your roof to do so. You need to be extremely careful when you step on your roof so you do not cause more damage. One of the best ways to do this is to place a thick and heavy blanket on your roof before you walk on it. A large comforter or other thick blanket will work well.
Climb up to your roof by using a ladder and set your blanket down. Walk over the blanket to reach the small cracks in your roofing tiles and slip a long and thick bead of caulk in the openings you find. Make sure that the caulk seeps out of each opening slightly so you know it is completely filled. Use a piece of cardboard to wipe away excess material so the repair is flush with the exterior of the tile.
If you hire a contractor like Acoma Roofing to place a tile roof on your home, then you need to care for your roof properly to prevent the formation of large tile cracks and breaks. Cleaning your roof properly and making repairs to small cracks are both important things to do.Share
21 October 2014
I have always loved baseball, and when the world series arrives each year, I enjoy inviting my friends over to watch the games. As our family grew, it became difficult for all of our guests to fit in our living room. We decided that we needed a dedicated "man cave" in our home, but we didn't have an extra room to build it in. We thought long and hard about how we could add it, but we finally decided to turn our garage into the man cave and have a carport built onto our home to park our cars under. I have always been interested in learning more handy-work, so I enjoyed watching the contractors build both the man cave and car port. I thought I would start a blog to share what I learned during the building process to help other homeowners!