Tile Roof Lift and Reset: What You Should Know
It’s a sad truth: roofs don’t last forever. You can try to prolong the inevitable, but it will happen. You will need to replace your roof.
The lifetime of your roof will depend on how well it was installed, as well as what material it is. Asphalt shingles last around 30 years, but tile roofs can last anywhere between 50-100 years. Sadly, the same can’t be said for the underlayment used in tile roofs.
As old tile roofs get older, their underlayment will begin to fall apart before the tiles themselves. Lift and resets extend the life of tile roofs and save you money.
Why Tile Roofs Need Underlayment
Tile roofs are preferred by many. They are a staple in the Arizona landscape for aesthetic and practical reasons. They’re durable, fireproof, and offer cooling features just to name a few.
Tiles are designed to allow air to circulate under them. This is what makes them ideal for hotter climates. It’s also why tile roofs need underlayment.
When water enters a roofing system, that’s bad. Without underlayment, your roof decking would soak in moisture and begin to rot and create leaks throughout your home.
Roofing systems that use tile need underlayment because it stops moisture from entering the roofing system and causing damage.
What is a Roof Reset?
Roofing technology has been improving over the years, and this is especially true for roof underlayment. Currently, there are many more options available for homeowners including underlayments that are more tear-resistant and better at blocking water.
That being said, old underlayment won’t last nearly as long as old tiles. Luckily, lift and resets offer homeowners a way to replace the older parts of their roof while keeping their roofing materials. Sometimes, they're referred to as lift and re-lays.
A roof reset is when roofers remove the tiles, replace the underlayment on the roof deck, then put the tiles back into place. It lets you keep the still-good parts of your roof while updating the not-so-good parts.
Benefits of a Lift and Reset
The cost to replace underlayment on tile roofs is much cheaper than replacing a whole tile roof. The average cost of this process is around $400 to $475. Considering that tile roof replacements can cost anywhere from $8,000 to $21,000 - lift and resets are preferred.
How Do Resets Work?
In simplest terms; lift and resets happen by lifting the tiles, replacing old underlayment, and reinstalling the tile. It’s a relatively easy task that can sometimes take three to four days.
When Do You Need a Lift and Reset?
Old tile roofs will likely need a lift and reset during the tile’s lifespan (which, as mentioned, can be extremely long). You should consider a reset if your roof is over 15 years old or it starts to leak.
The best time to get an underlayment replacement is before the old material starts letting moisture into your decking. You’ll have a hard time gauging exactly how long you have. Therefore, you should get a lift and reset if your underlayment is old.
If you’re uncertain about your tile roof’s age, you’ll want to keep an eye out for issues and get regular roof inspections. Decaying underlayment is not easy to spot. Chances are, you’ll have roofing problems before knowing you need new underlayment.
When we think of leaks we often imagine something wrong with the outer roofing material, but this isn’t always the case. Underlayment is an unseen part of your roof—it’s not easy to catch the problem before it happens.
If you’re noticing leaks in your ceiling, but no sign of damaged tiles , that probably means your underlayment is starting to get old. This would be a situation in which a lift and reset is in order.
Get an Inspection
Do you ever find yourself looking up at your ceiling wondering what’s going on up there? If you aren’t the kind of person who checks in on their attic from time to time, you run the risk of unseen problems getting worse. Regular inspections of your tile roof will help you catch any small nuisance before they become big problems. Your roof won't need only a lift and reset, it could require extensive repairs.
Like most homeowners, you probably don’t know what to look for when checking on the health of your roof. If you’re wondering if your tile roof needs a left and re-lay, get inspected. Professional roofers will be able to let you know if your roof is ready for an underlayment replacement.
If you’re in Northern or Central Arizona and uncertain about the need for a lift and reset, call Legacy Roofing to schedule your inspection.