What is a Tile Roof Lift and Tile Reset?

Tile roofs are not only aesthetically pleasing but also durable and long-lasting. With proper maintenance of your tile roof, they can last for decades. However, like any other roofing material, tile roofing requires regular maintenance to ensure its longevity and structural integrity. 

Something important that all homeowners must know about their tile roofs is the importance of doing the routine lift and reset when maintenance inspections reveal issues. 

In this blog, we will explore the topic of tile roof lifts and resets, why it’s important, signs that your roof may need it, the benefits it offers, the process involved, and considerations for hiring professionals.

By understanding these key aspects, you’ll be better equipped to care for your tile roof and ensure it continues to protect your home for years to come. Let’s explore everything you need to know about tile roof lift and reset.

What is a Roof Lift and How Does a Tile Reset Work?

To put it simply, a tile roof lift and reset work in unison. These are comprehensive maintenance procedures that restore the condition and function of a tile roof. During this process, roofing contractors lift each tile from the roof to inspect the underlying structure for any signs of damage, deterioration, or poor installation. 

When this inspection is complete, the roofer will remove the damaged tile and replace it, or reposition an undamaged tile, if necessary. Throughout this process, roofing contractors take extra time to address individual tile issues with damaged underlayment, corroded flashing, and or compromised roof decking. 

Benefits of a Lift and Reset

  • This maintenance procedure will enhance the longevity of the roof
  • It will improve the roof’s structural integrity
  • Prevention of any potential damage 

The Process of a Tile Roof Lift & Reset

As we mentioned, the tile lift and reset is a meticulous process that includes four major phases: inspection, preparation, lifting and resetting tiles, and any finishing touches. 


During the inspection, the roofer will examine each tile for any signs of damage and deterioration. Specific areas prone to problems, such as valleys, ridges, and flashing points, will receive extra attention. 

Any signs of water damage, leaks, or structural issues are noted for further investigation and repair. This thorough assessment ensures that all necessary repairs are addressed during the lift and reset process, minimizing the risk of future problems.


Once the inspection is complete and the extent of the repairs needed is determined, the next step is to prepare the roof for lift and reset. This step involves clearing the roof of any debris, such as leaves, branches, or accumulated dirt, that may interfere with the repair process. In some cases, pressure washing may be necessary to remove stubborn grime and ensure a clean working surface.

Lifting and Resetting Tiles

With the roof cleared and prepared, the actual lift and reset process can begin. Roofing professionals work methodically, starting from one end of the roof and progressing systematically to ensure thorough coverage. The following steps are followed in this process: 

  1. Each tile is carefully lifted from its position using specialized tools, taking care not to damage surrounding tiles or the roof’s underlying structure.
  2. As tiles are lifted, the underlying surface is inspected for any signs of damage or deterioration. 
  3. Any damaged or improperly positioned tiles are replaced with new ones, while salvageable tiles are cleaned and prepared for resetting. 

Once all necessary repairs are completed, the tiles are securely reset into place using appropriate adhesives, fasteners, or mortar. Proper alignment and spacing are ensured to maintain the roof’s integrity and weather resistance. The length of this process can vary from several hours to days, depending on the size of the roof. 

Finishing Touches

After the tiles are reset, roofing professionals perform final inspections to ensure that all repairs have been completed. Any remaining debris or loose materials are removed from the roof surface and surrounding areas. Gutters and downspouts are inspected and cleaned to ensure proper drainage and prevent future water damage.

Signs for a Tile Roof 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). Here are some signs to watch out for if you’re unsure if your roof is due for a lift and reset: 

  • Visible cracks or damage
  • Misaligned or displaced tiles
  • Sagging or uneven roof surface
  • Leaks or water stains
  • Loose or missing tiles
  • Mold or mildew growth
  • Visible wear and tear
  • Increased energy bills 
  • Age of the roof 
  • Check on previous damage repairs 

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 as soon as you see these issues arise. 

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 issues 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 lift and reset, have your roof inspected. Legacy Roofing will be able to inspect your roof, show you pictures of any issues, and help fix issues with a lift and reset.

Cost Considerations of a Tile Roof 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.

Tiles will outlive older underlayments so there’s no need to replace the whole roof. With simple roof maintenance steps, you can extend the investment you made years ago.


If you’re in Northern Arizona and uncertain about the need for a roof lift and reset, call Legacy Roofing to schedule your inspection. We will do the heavy lifting for you and help you determine if a lift and reset are required.

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