A cracked roof tile will not only impact the way your roof looks, but it can also result in a significantly higher risk that your home will develop a leak. Thankfully, repairing this damage can be much easier than you think. In fact, with the easy to follow instructions below, you will be able to repair this damage in just 3 steps without the need to hire a professional roofing contractor.
Get Your Supplies
Before you start the repair process, you will want to ensure that you have all of the supplies that you need. After all, the last thing you want is to have to climb down off of your roof and run to the hardware store in the middle of the repair process. In order to avoid this issue, you will need to gather the following supplies before you begin.
- two crowbars
- putty knife
- replacement tile
Step 1: Isolate The Cracked Tile
The first thing you will need to do is to isolate the damaged tile so that it can be removed without causing damage to the surrounding tiles. Begin by using a crowbar to reach under the tile that is directly above the one you will be repairing. In order to do this, you will need to position the crowbar on the far right hand side of the tile and gently slide it beneath the tile until the tile is lifted up off the tile you will be repairing.
Next, repeat the same procedure using a second crowbar on the tile directly to the left of the tile you will be repairing. Again, place the crowbar under the far right hand side of the tile in order to lift it off the tile that must be replaced.
Step 2: Remove Old Tile
Now that you have isolated the broken tile, use your hammer to gently strike the tile until it breaks into a few large pieces. Remember to use caution during this step as you don't want to mistakenly strike one of the surrounding tiles.
Once you have broken the tile up into manageable pieces, use your chisel to lift each piece of the tile off of your roof. After the tile is out of the way, you will need to use your chisel to scrape away any old mortar that is left behind.
Step 3: Install New Tile
Using your putty knife, apply a thin coat of mortar to the area where your new tile will go. You may also wish to apply a thin coat of mortar directly to the back of the tile in order to ensure maximum adhesion. Now, lay the replacement tile in place and gently push down until the tile is seated and is flush with the surrounding materials. Finally, remove the crowbars from beneath the surrounding tiles and safely begin your descent off of the roof.
A Final Thought
The last thing you want to do is to cause more damage to your roof in the process of trying to replace a single cracked tile. Therefore, if you are unable to safely access your roof, don't have access to the proper supplies, or feel as though you are struggling with this repair at any time, you will need to stop the repair process and contact a qualified roofing contractor like Homestreet Roofing Inc to finish the job.