Broken terracotta roof tile

How to temporarily repair a broken roof tile when you don’t have a spare

How to temporarily repair a broken roof tile when you don’t have a spare.

Broken terracotta roof tile

Broken terracotta roof tile

If you have a tiled roof then odds are you will have a cracked or broken roof tile at some point. This is often an easy problem to fix if you have spare roof tiles hanging around, but what do you do if you don’t have any spare tiles?

We have attended many leaky roofs where temporary roof repairs have already been carried out, yet the roof continues to leak. Why?  When the repairer applied silicone to the cracked or broken roof tile they only applied it to the visible area of the tile without looking at the entire roof tile.  It is important to apply silicone to the entire cracked area, this means moving the surrounding roof tiles so you can have full vision of the damaged roof tile.  Often the important drainage course on the roof tile, which is hidden underneath the lap, is left broken and unsealed.  in this case the roof will still leak, albeit not as bad, but it will still leak.

If done properly, a correctly siliconed roof tile will prevent water leaks for a long time.

For more details check out the video below or view our website www.melbournerooftilerepairs.com.au

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