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Remove And Replace Broken Clay Tiles On Your Garage's Roof

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If windy conditions have caused a large tree limb to fall onto your garage's clay tile roof and a couple of the roofing pieces have cracks in their surface, remove and replace them by completing the following steps. Once you have completed the repair, the roof will look as well as it did before the damage occurred. Trim tree branches that overhang the garage's roof to minimize the risk of damage in the future.


  • ladder
  • metal pry bar
  • hammer
  • wire brush
  • putty knife
  • lawn and garden sprayer
  • water hose
  • industrial-strength detergent
  • roofing tile adhesive
  • foam brush
  • roofing nails
  • nail gun

Remove The Damaged Tiles And Clean The Roof

Use a metal pry bar to remove the broken tiles from the rooftop. The back of a hammer can be used to remove any nails that are holding the roofing materials in place. Move a wire brush back and forth over dried tile adhesive that remains on the roof's surface. The edge of a putty knife can be inserted under edges of the dried adhesive to help loosen it. Make a cleaning solution by filling a lawn and garden sprayer's tank almost to the top with water. Add a small amount of industrial-strength detergent to the tank.

Mix the items that make up the cleaning solution until they are sudsy. Carry the sprayer up the ladder. Point its nozzle at each spot that is missing a tile and apply plenty of the cleaning solution to the roof's surface. Use a wire brush to scrub the roof. Afterwards, rinse the soapy solution with water and wait for the roof to dry.

Secure Replacement Tiles And Minimize The Risk Of Further Damage

Use a foam brush to apply an even layer of roofing tile adhesive to the back of each replacement tile. Line up a clay tile in each spot on the roof that is missing one and press them all down firmly against the roof's surface until they stick. Use a hammer or nail gun to insert nails in the corners of each tile to further secure all of the tiles. The roofing adhesive will take several hours to dry. Once this occurs, the roof will be restored to the state it was in before the damage occurred.

To reduce the chance of damage in the future, trim branches on trees that are growing near the garage. If any debris does fall onto the rooftop, remove it promptly and inspect the roofing materials for damage so that repairs can be made in a timely manner.

For professional help, contact a company like GBS Enterprises Roofing.