It’s important to minimize traffic on your tile roof. If getting on your tile roof is absolutely necessary, please use caution to ensure personal safety and prevent damage to the roof tiles that could potentially void your warranty or cost you unnecessary repair bills. Some activities such as hanging Christmas lights or cleaning your gutters should be performed from a ladder, rather than from the roof. If you are unsure, feel free to call us! The below precautionary methods can be used to minimize damage to your tile roof:
Position your feet in a horizontal direction, walk softly, and distribute your weight evenly as you walk.
Walk on the bottom 3 inches of the tile, which is supported by the lapped tile under it. The weight is then transferred through to the deck beneath the tiles.
Avoid walking on hips, or valleys to prevent damage to specially cut tiles that are more easily damaged and more expensive to repair.
If walking on a high “S” profile tile, distribute your weight on the high points of the adjacent tiles.
Does your Tile Roof Need Cleaning?
The Florida climate is conducive to the growth of mildew, mold, algae, and moss on both clay and concrete tile roof systems. While mildew, mold, algae, and moss do not grow directly on the roof tile, they do grow on the dust and other organic materials that accumulate and settle on the tile. This growth can result in a dingy or dirty appearing roof surface. Thankfully, it can be properly treated and restored to the original look of the tile.
Is there a reason I need to clean my tile roof besides improving or maintaining the overall aesthetic appeal? YES!
Moss acts like a sponge, collecting and holding water. This moss growth then leads to a softening of the tile. When a softening of the tile occurs, tiles begin to crack and split.
How often should I clean my tile roof?
In the Florida weather conditions, we have found that most tile roofs are typically in need of a roof cleaning within 4 years of installation. Light colored roofs tend to need to be cleaned within 2 years of installation, as they are more prone to show faster mildew, mold, algae and moss growth. This is also the case with roofs that have a great amount of tree coverage. After the initial cleaning, most roofs can be cleaned on bi-annual basis. Of course, there are many other factors that affect these suggested timelines. Keep in mind, there are also roof sealants that can be applied after the roof is cleaned that come with a 10-year no clean guarantee, which means no hassle or maintenance needed! Call us today at 239.449.9659 for a FREE inspection and estimate.
What to know when choosing a roof cleaning company:
Be sure to use a licensed roofing professional so that you don’t end up with numerous broken roof tiles. A licensed roofer is also likely to bring other maintenance issues to your attention so they can be properly addressed.
Ensure that the products your roof will be cleaned with are ECO-FRIENDLY and that it is cleaned using a “soft wash” application to minimize wear and tear.
Consider a roof sealant for the longevity of the your tile color and overall life.
Does your roof look like it’s bleeding a chalky or milky substance? Efflorescence is a common, but temporary surface condition that occurs in many concrete products. Manufactured cement contains free lime, and when water is added, a series of chemical reactions occurs. These chemical reactions are accompanied by the release of calcium hydroxide that often forms a white, chalky, crystalline salt deposit on the tile itself when reacting with carbon dioxide. This chemical reaction can appear as an concentrated or overall chalky white bloom or softening of color. Efflorescence does not affect the quality of functionality of the tile.
How long does efflorescence last? The answer typically depends on the type and amount of deposit, and the weather conditions. However, in our experience most efflorescence clears up within 6-12 months and will not reoccur.