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Tile Roof Repair – Miami

This clay tile roof repair in Miami wasn’t a big job but was labor intensive – a whole lot of work in a small space. This was a great training exercise for a couple of our newer roofers just learning repairs.


The bottom of this valley was so rotted that by the time all the bad wood was removed there wasn’t much left. Two trusses were repaired along with some decking, fascia and soffit.

Clay Tile Roof Repair In Miami, Florida
Rotten wood replaced at bottom of valley

The entire repair area was then covered with 30 lb. felt and tin-capped to Code. Next, 3” x 3” galvanized drip-edge flashings were nailed every 4 inches at the perimeter. Prior to the valley metal install Tarco PS200 self-adhering tile underlayment was installed from the bottom eave up through the valley area.

Clay Tile Roof Repair
30 lb. felt tin-capped to Code

Tile Roof Repair Step by Step

Then 18” galv. valley metal was set in roof cement at the nail line and nailed down. Then all metal flashings are coated with fast-drying asphalt primer for good adhesion of the underlayment which was then installed over the entire area, leaving a 4” cut down the middle of the valley for the tile install.

Clay Tile Roof Repair In Miami
Valley metal set in cement at the nail line

Time to put the tile back – right? Wrong!! Time for inspection! Welcome to Miami-Dade County . . .  Inspectors want to see it before the tile is put back so we can’t do the job in one day -drives up prices.

Clay Tile Roof Repair In Miami, florida - In Progress
Clay tile roof repair in progress – Miami, FL.

Having passed inspection we returned and put back the tile. These were 10 year old Altusa Clay roof tile – discontinued, hard to find and expensive. New Altusas cost about $1.25 each but Altusa doesn’t maintain a consistent profile from year to year, so they won’t fit. You’ve got to take a sample from the job and shop the tile salvage yards and when you find them, they’re $4.00 each! So, we install the tile with Tile Bond adhesive, mortar the valley and trim and we’re done – right? No!! Time for Final Inspection . . .

Clay tile roof inspection in Miami, FL.
Clay tile roof repair complete – and we passed inspection!
By Michael Slattery