Concrete Tile Roofing

Last week,

   I received a call from a homeowner asking for an estimate on the replacement of concrete tiles. The customer explained that the tiles had been damaged from a tree falling on the roof. Then, I immediately made an appointment for the following day squeezing her into my schedule.  

     The next morning, I showed up and listened to the customers tell me about the tree that had fallen on to their home.  Afterwards, I instructed the homeowners that I would retrieve my ladder to "crawl around on the roof."  I say, "Crawl" because that is almost exactly how you must navigate when climbing a concrete tile roof.   The tiles can often crack and break with someone that has no experience in walking or "Crawling" this type of roofing material.  

  Once I climbed around the roof, I had notice other cracks in the tiles that had most likely been from the builder. Considering that the roof appeared like it had previously been attempted to caulk the tiles on this newly built home.  Another reason for homeowners to question their roofing consultant about his knowledge about the roofing product he is offering.  A lot of times you can really tell the honesty of a contractor by questioning his knowledge about the pertaining subject. While I was on the roof, I took pictures and documented all the damage in my report for a proposal to repair the MonierLIFE tiles.  

   While "Crawling the roof," I also found that an organic/asphalt fiberglass felt paper had been placed underneath the MonierLife Tiles.  Although, many people in the industry practice this type of installation.  I disagree with the placement of anything less than a fully synthetic roofing underlayment or a self adhesive heat and weather resistant underlayment.  This only one of the many practices in the roofing industry that I don't agree on as far as tile roofing installation.