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Many homeowners today choose tile or masonry materials for their roofs. These roofing products are available in a wide variety of styles and colors and can create a truly customized appearance to the home. From flat tiles with minimal texture to brightly colored terra cotta, there are many options for the homeowner to choose from.

Although tile roofs are extremely durable, they will require repair at some point. Tile roofing materials are significantly heavier than the common asphalt shingles used on many homes today. Homeowners desiring to make the switch to tile roofing will most likely require the installation of roof reinforcement beneath the actual tiles.

Many homeowners are surprised when their tile roofs become prone to leaks. The roof's protection from moisture intrusion is the felt underlayment beneath the tiles of the roof. This felt is usually made from an asphalt based material. As the felt expands and contracts with the heat and cold, it will eventually crack. A Madison roofing expert can provide the needed assistance with repairing a leaky tile roof.

Leaks in roofs that are 10 to 20 years old are generally the result of a damaged or worn out felt layer.

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Repairs of this type of leak generally require the replacement of the felt from the point of the leak all the way up to the roof ridge. Because water runs downhill, replacing the felt up to the roof ridge will ensure that the problem is effectively solved.

The most common type of problem occurring with a tile roof is cracking. Cracking can be caused by age, excessive impacts or the effects of the freeze-thaw cycle. Tile replacement is a relatively easy and inexpensive repair, but it should not be attempted by an inexperienced person. Homeowners who choose to attempt the repair on their own should be aware that human weight on undamaged tiles can lead to additional cracking. Because the surface of a tile roof is extremely slippery, it can be very dangerous for an inexperienced person to attempt to traverse the roof.

Even though tile roofs are tricky to repair, the payoff in saved energy costs can be well worth it. Tile roofs are superior to asphalt and metal roofs for the purpose of maintaining the temperature in the home, making them ideal for those who want to save money over a long period of time. In addition to being a more environmentally friendly option, the lifespan for the average tile roof is significantly higher than that of asphalt shingle roofs.

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