How to repair broken roof tiles

    Now that spring has sprung and Easter has been and gone, it’s full steam ahead when it comes to household renovations. If the winter has taken its toll on the roof of your property, now is the time to make the most of the milder weather and put things right. In this article, we show you how to repair broken roof tiles in just a few easy steps.

    Safety first

    Before you begin to repair broken roof tiles, you’ll need to ensure you have the proper equipment to keep you safe. Make sure you have an ordinary ladder, as well as a roof ladder with specialist wheels to avoid dislodging any further tiles while you work. You should never compromise your safety when climbing on the roof — if you can’t safely get there, you may need to hire scaffolding.
    Once you’re ready to begin, you can either carry out a temporary or more permanent repair, both of which will be detailed below:

    Temporarily repairing cracked roof tiles:

    1.       Locate the cracked tile and use a brush to wipe away any dust and debris.
    2.       Apply a coat of lead flashing primer onto and around the crack.
    3.       Cut a piece of lead flashing to fit the size of the tile.
    4.       Peel off the backing from the flashing strip.
    5.       Slightly lift the edge of the tile directly above the broken tile.
    6.       Apply the flashing strip, ensuring the strip is secure and the crack is completely covered.
    This is a quick and easy way to temporarily repair problems with you roof. Not only this, it’s also really cost-effective. You can pick up essential items like primer and leadflashing for less at retailers like Ashbrook Roofing.

    Replacing broken roof tiles

    1.       Remove the broken tile by sliding the tiles around it up and tilting the problem tile. If you have more than one broken tile in one area, you should remove the highest first.
    2.       Replace the lowest broken tiles, working from right to left. Ensure the nibs of the tiles are hooked over the batton.
    3.       In some cases, you may need to wiggle the replacement tile into position.
    By completely replacing the problem tile, you can be sure that you will have no further problems with the area in question.

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