How to Check for Roof Tile Damage Without a Ladder

If you suspect that some of your roof tiles are damaged, either after a storm or because they're getting old, then you may think it's time to take a look at your roof. However, if you don't have a suitably long ladder or don't want to take the risk of getting up to roof level, then you may not be sure how best to do this.

There are some things you can do to check for tile damage without risking life and limb. What are they?

Look at the Roof Tiles

Sometimes, simply looking up at your roof is enough to check the condition of its tiles. If a tile is loose and out of position, you can see this easily. However, sometimes, you won't be able to see all the tiles from the ground. Or, you may not be able to inspect them closely.

If you have a pair of binoculars, then these could be really useful. They allow you to see your roof tiles at close quarters without needing to get up high. A close focus allows you to check for damage like cracks or warping that might not be visible from the ground.

If you can't see some areas of the roof from the front or back of your property, then your neighbours may be able to help. If your home is overlooked, then ask a neighbour if you can come into their house and look at your roof from an upstairs room. This gives you a different perspective and, hopefully, a better view of the roof as a whole.

Look for Less Obvious Signs of Tile Damage

Sometimes, it's easy to spot damage to a tiled roof. For example, if you find a roof tile on the ground right outside your front door, then you can be pretty sure that it has come off your roof. Other signs of damage aren't so obvious, but they are findable if you know where to look. For example, if the concreting around your tiles is failing, then you may find small pieces of concrete on the ground around your house.

It's also worth taking a look in your roof space and on the ceilings of upstairs rooms. If you have a problem with a tile, then your roof may let in water. Damp patches in a roof space or on ceilings are a sign you have a roof problem.

If you spot any issues, call out your roofer and ask them to take a look at your tiles. They can check for problems and deal with any roof tiling repairs that are necessary.