You’ve been informed that tile roofs are known for their durability, beauty and ability to enhance the curb appeal of Sacramento homes. They can last for a century or more with proper upkeep. So why is your tile roof leaking?

Tile roofing is often expensive because of the amount of work required during installation; however, when you consider the potential lifespan, that cost becomes much more reasonable.

Here is a look at five of the most common reasons for a tile roof leak:

  1. Flashing Failure

    Flashing is an integral part of your system, keeping waterflow away from the roof deck and onto the tiles, where it can drain properly. When it is installed, it is important that it is lapped with the underlayment and tile itself (known as top flashing). When leaks occur from poorly installed flashing, it will be necessary to remove some of the tiles, replace the flashing and then re-install the tiles.

  2. Loose Cap Tiles

    Adhered with mortal cement and nails/screws, time and movement slowly causes the cap tiles to break loose from their adhesive.  Without attention, the cap tiles will become completely separated from the roof and cause potential damage to the rest of your system.

  3. Membrane

    The waterproofing membrane used as your underlayment may deteriorate with time. With care and some professional work, it can be replaced.

  4. Debris in Valley Areas

    Roofs often leak in the valley areas due to debris accumulation and improper flashing. The debris can cause water to back up under the tiles. Remove as much of the debris as possible; remove the tiles from the valley area, clean it out, and then re-install them.

  5. Broken Tiles

    Broken tiles or ones with large cracks will have to be replaced. They can occur from someone walking on the roof, or from severe storms. It is a good idea to have your roof regularly inspected by our roofing experts so that damaged tiles can be spotted and leaks prevented.

Tile roof repair procedures that involve the removal and installation of tiles should be left to Sacramento roofing professionals, such as Straight Line Construction, who are trained and licensed in this complex work.

Contact Straight Line Construction today if you need help or advice with the tile roofing on your home.