How to Properly Replace Damaged Concrete Roof Tiles

Concrete tile roofs are among the most durable of roof systems; however, various circumstances, such as excessive roof traffic or fallen debris during inclement weather, may cause some tiles to break. To ensure your tile roof system is not compromised, it’s best to replace the broken tiles as soon as possible. Here’s how to do it!

To replace an individual tile that is broken, an easy method of removal is to break it into smaller pieces with a hammer or any other acceptable tool. This will minimize disturbance to the surrounding tiles. Once the tile and corresponding fasteners are removed from the roof, be sure to clean and patch any resulting holes in the underlayment.

Then, apply a code approved roof tile adhesive to the top of the replacement tile and to the top of the tile it will be overlapping, as shown in the illustration, and slide it into place. It is important that the adhesive is placed in an area on the tile that will assure contact with adjacent tiles without affecting water flow. If the adhesive is applied to the interlocking water channel, it must be placed above the headlap to avoid water damming. Once secured, remove any shim that might have been used during the repair process and make sure all tiles surrounding the replacement piece are properly seated. Repeat the process for other broken tiles throughout the roofline.

Any time maintenance needs to be performed on your roof, like replacing tiles, it is recommended that a licensed and bonded roofing contractor be hired to do the job. Having an experienced contractor perform the task not only prevents you from jeopardizing your safety, but it also reduces the likelihood of more tiles being damaged. If you choose to perform the task yourself, be sure to research how to properly walk on a tile roof to prevent any further damage.

If you’ve noticed broken concrete roof tiles on your roof and would like to locate a certified tile roofing professional in your area to replace them, visit the Tile Roofing Industry Alliance’s website.

For additional questions or concerns regarding your concrete tile roof, please contact your local Eagle Account Representative.