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A Guide to Spanish Tile Roof Repairs in Florida: What You Need to Know

October , 2023 | 7 min. read

By Nicole Corson

Spanish-style home on the water in Florida with a tile roof

Are you finding leaks in your beautiful Spanish tile roof? Wondering if it can be fixed, and what that involves? You might be worrying about needing a whole new roof.

We get it. This is a big deal and we're here to help.

For over 30 years, the RoofCrafters family has guided homeowners like you. We share our know-how so you can make the best choice for your home. Now, we want to do the same for you.

In this guide, we'll cover the ins and outs of fixing Spanish tile roofs. We'll also cover what to do if your tile roof can't be repaired. This way, hopefully, you can make a well-informed decision on your next steps.

Let's jump right in.

Understanding the Possibility of Repairing Your Spanish Tile Roof


Can My Spanish Tile Roof Be Repaired?

Yes, your tile roof can be fixed! However, the possibility of repair depends on several factors. These include the extent of availability of matching tiles, the age of the roof, and the extent of the damage. Let's explore these factors to help you better understand what to consider when thinking about repairing your roof.

Availability of Matching Tiles


The availability of matching tiles is crucial when repairing a Spanish tile roof. Tiles have unique profiles. The head lap and interlocking side lap must align perfectly. Think of it like a puzzle. Just as you can't fit a square peg into a round hole, the tiles must have an exact profile match to ensure they interlock. This means that if your roof has a unique or discontinued tile, it can be challenging to find an exact match, affecting the possibility of repair.

Upper hip roof and a small lean-to with Spanish tiles

On the other hand, the exact color match of a tile is not a significant concern. If we can locate the right profile, any color discrepancies can be corrected by staining the tiles to match. The new roof repair will blend in with the old one, looking good and working well. This will save you time and help you get the most out of your existing tile roof.

The Impact of Roof Age on Repairs


When it comes to repairing a Spanish tile roof, the age of the roof plays a significant role. Over time, tiles can become brittle and prone to cracking. Which can make them more challenging to repair without causing further damage. The older the tiles, the more likely they are to break during the repair.

Flat clay tiles on a roof with copper valleys that is leaking with a tarp

Besides the tiles themselves, the underlayment - the material that keeps your roof from leaking - also deteriorates over time. As the underlayment ages, it loses its effectiveness, increasing the likelihood of leaks. Sometimes, the tiles may look fine, but if the underlayment is bad, the whole roof needs to be replaced.

Assessing the Extent of Damage


When evaluating the feasibility of repairing a concrete or clay tile roof, the extent of the damage is an important factor. If the damage is extensive, it can impact the possibility of a successful repair.

Spanish tile roof with extensive damage

First, you need to see if there are enough matching tiles available to replace the damaged ones. If the damage spans a large area and there aren’t enough tiles available, this can be a significant obstacle to repair.

roof being torn off and one piece of plywood being replaced

Second, the condition of the underlayment is crucial. If the underlayment is old or has failed, a repair may not be effective. In such cases, even if the tiles can be repaired or replaced, the underlying issue of the failing underlayment would still need to be addressed. This might mean a more extensive repair or even a full roof replacement to rectify the problem.

Navigating the Repair Process: Step-by-Step Guide and Cost Breakdown


Repairing a concrete or clay tile roof is much like performing heart surgery! It's worth noting that a repair job can often be more complex and delicate than a full roof replacement. It requires a precise, skilled hand and attention to detail to integrate the new with the old.

Old tile roof with a dead valley in the middle of hips

Steps for repairing a Spanish tile roof include:

  1. Carefully remove the damaged tiles - this must be done delicately to avoid damaging adjacent tiles.
  2. Remove the old underlayment.
  3. Take out any flashing that may be damaged or past its prime.
  4. Remove any water-damaged plywood.
  5. Install new plywood as necessary.
  6. Lay down the new underlayment.
  7. Put in new flashing.
  8. Meticulously install the tiles back in place, ensuring they tie into the existing roof.

Blending the repair into the existing roof is like a surgeon integrating a new organ into a body. Connections must be perfect to maintain system integrity.

Multi-colored clay tile roof

Now, let's review the estimated costs for common leak repairs on a Spanish tile roof:

  • Vent leak: $1500 - $2500
  • Roof-to-wall leak: $3500 - $4500
  • Chimney leak: $4000 - $7500
  • Valley leak: $4500 - $9500

Please note that these are rough estimates and actual costs may vary depending on the specific conditions on your roof.

Facing the Inevitable: When Repair is Not Enough and What to Do Next


There comes a time when a roof has served its purpose and is beyond the point of repair. This could be due to a variety of reasons. The inability to find matching tiles, the existing tiles becoming too brittle, or the underlayment being past its prime.

New tile roof being installed on a stucco home

In these instances, it is time to consider a roof replacement. When facing this decision, it's essential to consider your options carefully. Some Florida HOAs may have requirements on the type of roofing materials you can use, so it's vital to check your community's guidelines first. If your HOA requires you to replace your roof with tiles, then you may choose between concrete or clay tiles. But, if there are no such requirements, you have a range of options to consider, such as metal tiles, metal roofing, or asphalt shingles.

large home with tile roof that has multiple valleys-3

When you've decided on the type of roof you want, the next step is to gather estimates. We recommend you get two to three quotes from roofing companies to compare prices and services. This will give you a clearer picture of what to expect in terms of cost and help you make a better-informed decision.

Empowering Homeowners: Commitment to Your Home's Longevity and Beauty


Choosing the right roof is a significant decision that will affect your home's appearance, protection, and value. So, it is important to take your time, do your research, and select the best option for your needs and preferences. The roof is your home's shield against the elements, and investing in a high-quality, durable roof will pay off in the long run.

At RoofCrafters, we bring 30 years of experience to the table, guiding homeowners like you through these decisions. Our goal is to provide you with all the information you need to make a well-informed choice that's right for your home and budget. We don't just provide roofing solutions. We provide peace of mind, ensuring that you're well-equipped to decide what's best for your home. Want more help navigating your repair?

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Nicole Corson

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