How to fix broken roof tile

A roof tile that is broken beyond repair should be removed.
A roof tile that is broken beyond repair should be removed. PHOTO/FILE
Replacing broken roof tiles helps to prevent roof leaks and subsequent ceiling damage during the rainy season.

Fixing cracked roof tiles saves you the expensive and unnecessary burden or installing a new roof as broken tiles can easily be fixed for significantly less amount of money compared to new installation.

Fixing the problem by yourself is possible especially when only a few tiles are damaged. To do so, simply follow the following easy steps:

1.) Get the correct replacement as there are many types of roof tiles in the market. You can take a tile with you to suppliers and they should be able to match it for you.

2.) Use a stable ladder to get on the roof. Do not take risks as falling off a roof can be fatal. Be careful when accessing the broken or cracked roof tile(s) – otherwise you might end up damaging more tiles.

3.) Once you get to the damaged tile, slightly lift the tiles that overlap the one to be fixed. Use a pry bar or two pieces of wood to hold them up.

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4.) Apply a clear roof sealant below a cracked tile. Press the tile down firmly to mask the crack. Apply more sealant into the top of the crack and smooth the sealant with a knife.

However, a roof tile that is broken beyond repair should be removed. To achieve this, use a brick trowel to lift up the cracked tile over the baton underneath and slide it down and out.

5.) Place your new tile onto the brick trowel and reverse the steps for removing the tile. Ensure all the tiles are securely in place and none is interfering with its neighbor.

6.) Get off the roof. Good job!


– Do not make erratic movements on the ladder as this can get you into trouble. It is advisable to ask a friend (or a good neighbor) to hold the ladder at the bottom for you.

– Wear safety gloves and use a ladder that hooks onto the ridge or peak the roof.

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