FAQFrequently Asked Questions
PLEASE NOTE: We have a saying in this industry. Installing the Hydro-Sheen Tile Roof Glaze System on a tile roof that the underlayment has reached the end of its life cycle is like “applying cosmetics on a corpse”. We recommend having your tile roof inspected by a competent tile roofing contractor.
1. What does the limited lifetime warranty on my concrete tile roof cover?
The limited lifetime warranty covers the Structural integrity of the roof tiles only. Color is not covered in the concrete roof tile systems. Many variables controlled by the building owner add up to how long the color of your tile roof will stay “new”. We always advise homeowners to be extremely cautious about whom they allow on their tile roof systems.
2. How can I increase the color life of my tile roof?
Just as new cars have a protective barrier applied to their color systems, your tile roof should, as well. Hydro-Sheen Tile Roof Glaze, when applied to a tile roof, will protect the “factory finish” of the tile roof, and protect the tile roof from the sun’s harmful rays and virtually all weathering.
3. Aren’t the roof tiles sealed in the factory?
Temporarily, yes, with limitations. The unfortunate reality is that, due to the curing process of the concrete roof tiles, roof tile manufacturers are very limited in the amount of protective sealer they can use. When Hydro-Sheen Tile Roof Glaze is applied in the field, we are able to provide an abundant amount of protection against the elements because we do not have to worry about the 30 day cure process. If the Hydro-Sheen™ Tile Roof Glaze System was applied in the factory the roof tile manufacturers would be unable to safely stack the roof tiles for approximately 30 days. That is financially impractical for the industry and to us all. It only makes good sense for the final sealing process to be completed after installation of your tile roof. The installer of the protective Hydro-Sheen™ Tile Roof Glaze should be the last person on your tile roof for many years. Then the protected tile roof can cure with no interference. Applying the sealer after tile roof installation also insures that the point up, or mud work used to install the trim pieces, is sealed and protected as well assisting in eliminating water penetration.
4. What is the first step to protecting my tile roof investment?
The first step is to wash the mold, algae, and pollen from your roof. In order to do this RTC 5000 Roof Tile Cleaner is applied to the roof surface. RTC 5000 Roof Tile Cleaner is a GREEN cleaning solution specifically designed by Alberson’s Tile Roof Glaze, Inc. to clean concrete tile roofs. It also contains surfactants that are designed to penetrate deep into the surface of the roof tiles to kill and release any existing algae colonies.RTC 5000 Roof Tile Cleaner will NOT harm grass, plants, or shrubbery, and is In Compliance with Proposition 64 in California’s Environmental Protection guidelines. We will be happy to work with your pressure cleaning contractor.
5. What is Gleocapsa?
Gleocapsa is a classification of living material in the plant kingdom. It is also a fancy word for algae. It is actually between a plant and a bacteria and it is everywhere in our environment. Not only do we find it on your tile roof but it can be seen on any surface that will provide it with a place to grow. It thrives in warm, humid areas. This can be the walls of your home, the curb by the street, or in a pool that has not been properly treated with sodium hypochlorite. It reproduces very quickly and yet because it is a simple plant it can be killed with any number of diluted chemicals.
6. What should I know about “pressure washing” my tile roof?
The only positive that comes with pressure washing or cleaning your tile roof is that temporarily it looks clean. Pressure washing by definition uses water pressure to blast away algae, mold, and outside debris from the tile surface. In order to do this function many times too much pressure is used and the process also removes color, sand and concrete from the tile surface. This is the reason that the Gleocapsa come back so fast, the process has increased the surface pitting, the habitat where they can take hold, grow and multiply. Every situation is different, but it would be safe to say that you will be pressure washing again in a year or two. You are now etching the surface of the tile and DAMAGING your very expensive roofing system. When you think of the cost of a tile roof, pressure washing or harsh chemical baths are not good solutions. The next negative will cost you money. Some people who pressure wash roofs are not qualified roofing contractors who understand the importance of flashings, underlayments and design pressures. Walking on a tile roof is for experts only. ANYONE can break a tile. The secret is taking the responsibility for what you have done and correcting the situation. The problem with some pressure washing contractors is that they have not been trained to resolve the broken tile situation and it is a lot easier to say nothing and leave the roof without solving the problem. When a tile is broken it allows water to enter under the tile roof system. Underlayments are not designed to withstand repeated saturation. Furthermore, they are highly susceptible to rapid deterioration from the sun’s UV rays. Having a broken tile is as good as having a leak. Pressure washing can be a very expensive way of attaining a temporary fix, ask your roofer. Improper pressure cleaning, pressure and/or chemicals, of tiles roofs is possibly one of the most damaging effects to tile roof systems causing building owners to prematurely replace their roof. It is estimated by some roofing contractors that over 80% of all tile roofs are replaced prematurely, largely as a result of repeated incorrect pressure cleaning.
7. Can I paint my roof with a high quality acrylic paint?
Yes. However, the problem with most who elect to simply paint their roof is that they people have more confidence in what they were doing than the manufacturers of the paint products that they used. There is no known manufacturer of paint in the United States that will offer any warranty when you apply their paint to roofing tiles. Paint has specific properties and that cause it to crack, peel, and fade quickly on the surface of a tile roof. Paint is not water repellent and that fact allows organic material to grow freely. ALL paints and sealers are made from resins. There are hundreds of resins that contain properties that are desired in wall paint. Resins make up the manufacture’s product recipe. The best resin package makes the best product. Paint is made for walls and not the concrete tiles used to roof your building or home.