If you want to update your home with a tile roof, there are a lot of options. One of the best options is synthetic tile roofing. This is because these materials are lightweight and can easily be used to replace asphalt roofing materials. Before you install these tiles, though, there are a few things that you want to know first. The following roofing guide will help you update your home with a synthetic tile roof:
- Assessing the Roof Structure and Choosing Materials — The structure of your roof needs to be assessed before the new tile materials can be installed. You want to make sure that any structural problems are addressed before the new tile roofing can be installed. There may be other issues with water damage and moisture problems that need to be addressed. In addition, you will want to assess the roof structure's design, which may need reinforcement to support the weight of the synthetic tile materials.
- Updating and Repairing Underlayments for Tile Roofing — The tile roofing materials are going to need to have a good underlayment installed to support them and prevent problems. These underlayments can start with a rigid roof decking material. On the decking, a moisture barrier will need to be installed, which can be reinforced with a rubber membrane in the most vulnerable areas of the roof. This will help to ensure the new tile roof does not leak in areas like valleys or around chimneys.
- Reinforcing Roof Bracing for Added Support — Even though rubber roofing does not weigh as much as clay tiles, it is still going to weigh more than conventional asphalt shingles. Therefore, you may still want to have some work done to reinforce the roof bracing, to provide extra support for the new tiles. This can be done when other work is being done to the roof decking because holes can be cut in the roof to install the new reinforced roof bracing.
- Installing and Caring for the New Synthetic Tile Materials — The new synthetic tiles are installed like shakes and slate roofing materials. They will be installed, and finishing touches are done to your roof, like installing caps and vents. After the tiles are installed, you need to care for the new tile roofing materials. The main maintenance is keeping your roof clean, but you will also want to do regular inspections to ensure there are not any minor issues that need to be repaired.
These are things that you want to know about updating your roof with synthetic tile roofing. Contact a roofing contractor and ask about these options for a new tile roof when you are ready to replace old shingles.