Tile roofs are well-known for their resistance to natural elements and their ability to withstand the harsh winds and rains that Florida summers can bring. Tile roofs can last for up to 75 years if they are maintained properly. Tile roofs can be susceptible to cracking and loosening as they age. Continue reading to find out the most common causes of tile roof damage.

Strolling on the Roof

It is possible to cause injury and damage to your roof by walking on it. To hang holiday decorations from their roof, you might be tempted to climb on them. However, this will not cause any damage and can be avoided by using a long pole. To avoid damaging tiles, if you find yourself in an emergency situation, make sure you are evenly distributing your weight, keep your feet on the ground, and slow down.

Harsh Elements

Tile roofs are capable of surviving wind and rain, but can be damaged by hail and hurricanes. Concrete and clay tiles can withstand wind speeds up to 150 MPH. However, a Category 5 hurricane can cause damage to your Florida tiles if winds reach over 150 MPH. Although hail rarely occurs in Florida, tile roofs can withstand hailstones up to 2 inches in size.

Clogged Gutters

While it may seem simple to forget to clean your gutters, neglecting to do so for too long could cause roof damage. Clogged gutters can block rainwater from draining and lead to roof damage. To keep rainwater flowing, make sure you clean your gutters every season!

How long can tile roofs last in Florida, you ask? Your tile roof can last up to 40 years even if it has been damaged by one of these factors. If you see signs of damage, don’t hesitate in calling a roofing company. You can prevent further roof damage by making the necessary repairs as soon as possible to avoid costly replacements. Trust Old Time Roofing for a roof restoration if damaged tiles are a problem in your home.

This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing which is the premier Pinellas County roofing contractor! Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978. Old Time Roofing has been a tradition in quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.