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The Roofer's Eye: Inspecting a Tile Roof

Tile roofs are renowned for their durability, elegance, and longevity. However, like any roofing material, they require regular inspection and maintenance to ensure they remain in optimal condition. 

Roofing inspectors play a crucial role in this process, using their expertise to detect potential issues before they escalate into costly repairs or replacements. Roofing contractors inspecting a tile roof will look at a variety of indicators to determine if damage has been incurred, including:

  • Missing or displaced tiles.

  • Cracked or broken tiles - even small cracks can allow water in.

  • Loose or damaged flashing - it’s important to check around chimneys and vents.

  • Water stains or moisture damage. 

  • Debris buildup can trap moisture and accelerate roofing deterioration. 

  • Evaluate the condition of the underlayment for signs of tears or punctures.

It is important for tile roof homeowners to note that Florida Building Code 706.5 -  Reinstallation/Reuse of Materials prohibits repairing a roof with discontinued tile, which often happens when one company buys another and consolidates its material lines. These no longer-used tiles are commonly referred to as discontinued tiles. Roof tiles are specifically designed to interlock with each other, and these discontinued tiles are not compatible with other tile products, making them no longer legally usable. 

Regular inspection and maintenance by qualified roofing contractors are essential for preserving the integrity and longevity of a tile roof. By focusing on key aspects such as tile integrity, underlayment condition, flashing and sealants, structural support, and ventilation, contractors can identify and address potential issues before they escalate into costly repairs or replacements. Homeowners should prioritize scheduling routine inspections to ensure their tile roof remains in optimal condition and continues to provide reliable protection for their property.


Based in Central Florida and founded in 2020, 3MG Solutions, LLC is one of the fastest-growing residential roofer and commercial roofing companies in the country. At 3MG, our goal is to build trusted long-term relationships with our community, customers, suppliers, and corporate partnerships. We believe this positions us as the best roofer and one of the dominant roofing companies in the country. Visit us at OR call (407) 492-5256.


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