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Tile Roof Relay: When Is It Time to Have One Done?

Sep 16, 2022

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Maximize Your Tile Roof Lifespan with a Tile Relay

Tile roofs have grown in popularity for a wide range of reasons. Tile is a truly beautiful roofing material, and between clay, concrete, and terracotta tiles, it is also highly versatile to suit the look of any home. Perhaps more importantly, however, is this material’s longevity. Tile roofing is extremely durable against storms, and the expected tile roof lifespan ranges from 40–50 years to more than a century.

But while tile roofs should last for decades—or even for generations—this can only be achieved through proper tile roof maintenance. Here at Dolan Roofing & Construction, we sadly see many tile roof systems whose lifespan comes up short because the roof was not properly maintained. A tile roof relay is perhaps the most important aspect of tile roof maintenance that will maximize the lifespan of your roofing system. So today, we’re taking a look at the lifespan of tile roofs and how to get the most from your roof with a tile relay!

How Long Does a Tile Roof Last?

The typical lifespan of a tile roof is around 40–50 years, but a well-maintained tile roof can last for up to 100 years or longer. Tile is one of the oldest roofing materials in existence, and there are some centuries-old buildings that still feature original tile roofing systems. While you shouldn’t expect your tile roof to last for 200 years or more, this does go to show the incredible longevity and durability of this material.

Why Do Tile Roofs Last So Long?

The long lifespan of a tile roof largely comes down to the durability of this material, and its ability to resist damage from many sources including high winds, hail, and fire. Roofing tiles can be made out of clay, ceramic, terracotta, and even concrete, all of which are materials that stand up against damage far better than traditional asphalt shingles. While the average asphalt shingle roof will last for around 15–25 years, tile roofs are expected to last more than twice that length of time!

Do Tile Roofs Need Maintenance?

Tile roofs must be maintained in order to reach their maximum expected lifespan. As durable as tile roofing is, it still has vulnerabilities, particularly when it comes to the underlayment used to fully waterproof a tile roof. When tile roofs fail, it is typically due to a failure of the felt underlayment; as this layer of the roof becomes saturated with water, mold and mildew starts to form, and the integrity of the roof can become compromised.  

To avoid this situation, a tile roof lift and relay is necessary. During a tile roof relay, all roofing tiles are carefully removed from the roof so that the underlying battens, roof felt, decking, and flashings can be inspected and repaired or replaced if necessary. With these underlying components of the roofing system restored, the tiles can then be relaid. 

How Often Should I Relay a Tile Roof?

As a rule of thumb, a tile roof lift and relay should be completed every 20 years or so. However, the ideal length of time between relays depends on several factors.

One major factor is the type of roofing felt or underlayment used to protect the roof from moisture. Traditional roof felts aren’t fully waterproof, and will need to be replaced sooner than synthetic felts or a high temp/waterproof underlayment such as Boral TileSeal. 

Your region’s climate can also impact the lifespan of your tile roof underlayment. In areas without much moisture or an active storm season, a tile roof may require less frequent maintenance. Rather than estimating yourself, however, the wisest move is to have your tile inspected by a professional roofer in your area annually. This service is often offered for free or at a very low cost, and an annual roof inspection will ensure your roof stays healthy!

Dolan Roofing Can Help Maximize Your Tile Roof Lifespan!

As locally based Tucson roofers, Dolan Roofing is your go-to expert to care for your tile roof. Tile roofing is highly popular in our area thanks to its durability and heat mitigating properties—but even in a desert region, a tile roof requires expert maintenance to last as long as possible! 

Our team of professionals has the tile roof lift and relay process down to a science. What’s more, with years of experience completing tile relays, we have the skills needed to minimize breakages and keep your tile roof looking beautiful for years to come. In need of a relay? Schedule your initial inspection today!

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