How to Repair Broken Roof Tiles

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Tile roofs are attractive and durable and often require less upkeep and maintenance than other roof types that require sealants or frequent replacement shingles. Although hardier, occasionally tile roofs are subjected to wind or hail that can damage your tiles and require repair or replacement. You can repair roof tiles yourself if you are somewhat handy and not afraid of heights. Tile roofs should be inspected regularly for damage after storms or harsh weather conditions.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Ladder
  • Wooden planks
  • Wire brush
  • Roofing cement
  • 2 flat pry bars
  • Hammer
  • Replacement tiles

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Instructions

    Replace a tile

  1. 1

    Use a latter to climb up to the roof. Avoid stepping or walking on any of the tiles to reach the area of repair. If the repair is beyond reach from the side of the roof, place wooden planks across the tiles before attempting to mount the roof.

  2. 2

    Locate the tile you wish to replace and slide a pry bar under the tile located at the upper right side of the damaged tile. Gentle insert the pry bar to lift the upper tile off of the damaged one.

  3. 3

    Ease the second pry bar underneath the tile on the left side of the damaged tile. This should free the damaged tile so you can slide it out of place.

  4. 4

    Lift any free-laying tiles from the back to remove, as they are equipped with small catches that allow them to fit securely in place. If the tile is cemented into place, gently crack the tile with a hammer and remove it in pieces. If it is nailed, remove nails with a hammer, being careful when exerting pressure on the tile.

  5. 5

    Replace cemented or formerly-nailed tiles by spreading roofing cement on the underside of the new tile before sliding it back into place. Free-laying tiles should be slid back into place, making sure the catch on the back of the tile slides into the proper place on the roof.

  6. 6

    Press cemented tiles gently until held securely in place. Remove the pry bars from their positions on the other tiles. Carefully climb back down from the roof.

    Repair Cracks

  1. 1

    Use a latter to climb up to the roof. Avoid stepping or walking on any of the tiles to reach the area of repair. If the repair is beyond reach from the side of the roof, place wooden planks across the tiles before attempting to mount the roof.

  2. 2

    Clean a cracked tile thoroughly but gently with a wire brush to remove dirt and debris before repairing.

  3. 3

    Locate the crack and fill in the damaged area with roofing cement. If the tile has broken off into pieces, gently move the sides together and hold for 30 seconds to allow the cement to bond.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are replacing a large amount of tiles, bring them up to the roof in small batches. Never carry more than you can easily balance while climbing.

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