Is a concrete/clay tile roof a lifetime roof?
The answer is both yes and no. The warranty on the tile itself is a “limited” warranty.
RESOURCES - CSLB Roofing Contractor Guide | Boral clay Tile Warranty | Boral Concrete Warranty
Eagle Roofing warranty | Professional Home Inspection contractor law
The labor warranty is 4 years. Maintenance is required to keep the roof system working properly.
RESOURCES - CSLB roofing contractor guide | Professional Home Inspection contractor law
Is maintenance needed on roof systems?
YES! All roofs need maintenance.
What is roof maintenance?
Hiring a licensed and insured roofing contractor to maintain the roof system.
Maintenance includes removing debris at walls and valleys. Re-sealing plumbing/mechanical jacks, re-painting roof jacks and dormer vents, re-securing slipped tile, and replacing broken tile. Most debris cannot be seen on tile roofs, it builds up in the valleys and acts like a dam and doesn’t allow water to flow properly.
How often should roof maintenance be performed?
Typically 4 years after the roof system was installed. Usually, maintenance is required every couple years after the first maintenance service. Tree growth and the amount of dirt and dust around the roof system will affect how often to schedule maintenance.
When is it time to replace my current roof system?
For wood shakes or shingles, when the wood is “burnt out” and the felt underlayment is beginning to show. The average age of a wood roof is 20 years. Asphalt composition shingles need to be replaced when the granules begin to separate from the shingle and the fiberglass mat is visible. Concrete and clay tile should last a lifetime, but maintenance is required. The felt underlayment will eventually need to be replaced, but if proper maintenance is done the felt underlayment should last 50 years.
When hiring a roofing contractor, what should I look for?
Word of mouth is the best source for hiring a contractor.
There are numerous horror stories of homeowners and builders hiring non-licensed and
non-insured roofers. Check with the California State License Board to make sure the contractor is licensed and insured.
These are also good resources from the CSLB when hiring a contractor.
Contractors CANNOT ask for more than a 10% down payment or $1,000, whichever is less. Make sure the contractor pulls a permit with the city or county and do not make the final payment until all inspections are complete.