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Many people wonder about the amount of maintenance required with a clay tile roof before hiring a Plano Roofing agent to install a new roof. The good news is that clay tile roofs are typically very low maintenance and are extremely durable against the elements. Clay roofs have a lot to offer homeowners who want a stylish addition to their home, with a long lifespan and low maintenance over the course of the roof's life.

Clay roof tiles are fired and sealed to keep their color in and prevent them from fading or breaking down in the weather. They are generally resistant to most types of mold and algae growth; however, they will gather dust and other debris, which can foster growth. The best way to keep this from happening is with a simple power wash. A mild soap or bleach solution can be used to kill off any mold or algae that is present, and the pressure wash will force the particles and debris out of the porous surface of the tiles. Caution should be used to avoid too much pressure too close to the tiles because they can be cracked.

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The coating of the tiles will also make them slippery when wet.

Another important part of tile roof maintenance is inspecting for any broken or loose tiles. These tiles tend to be easily visible from a ladder or the ground with binoculars. If broken tiles are spotted, they need to be immediately replaced to ensure that the underlayment does not stay exposed. Most modern tiles are easily replaceable by fitting together over a purlin with a lug nut, but will probably require a professional. Walking across a tile roof can cause damage to the other tiles, and isn't recommended unless absolutely necessary. A roofer will have the proper tools and experience to replace the broken tiles without risking any further damage to the roof.

Other than a simple inspection and cleaning about once a year, clay tiles retain their color and protective qualities for an extended period of time. They are not subject to the same aging issues that asphalt shingles and metal roofs tend to see. For instance, asphalt shingles commonly curl and break off around the corners after a while, and metal roofs are prone to rust at the attaching points. By contrast, clay roofs are more durable and have a longer lifespan with less risk of maintenance issues.

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