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When to Replace a Bar Tile Roof

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    LESLIE: Roofing’s on the mind of Steve in Oregon. What can we do for you?

    STEVE: Well, hi there. How you doing today?

    LESLIE: (overlapping voices) Hi, there. Tell us about your roof.

    STEVE: Well, I’ve got a bar tile roof.

    TOM: OK.

    STEVE: And it’s about 30 years old. And I’ve had a few people come out to help me with moss removal and some professionals are saying that I need to have this tile roof replaced.

    TOM: Would those be roofing professionals? (laughing)

    STEVE: Yeah, roofing professionals. But we have no leaks and I have no …

    TOM: I was going to say that a 30-year-old tile roof is a – actually a fairly young roof. Generally, the tiles don’t wear out. Sometimes, if you’re in an area where you have a frost problem, they can expand and crack and deteriorate that way when the glaze sort of breaks down. But generally, the problem with a tile roof is maintenance because while the tiles don’t wear out, the fasteners that hold them in wear out.

    Have you ever lost tiles on this roof?

    STEVE: No.

    TOM: Well, it sounds to me like you’ve got a great roof, Steve, huh?

    LESLIE: (overlapping voices) It’s a great roof.

    TOM: I don’t know that I would be rushing to replace that. You know, tile roofs can last 50 to 100 years.

    LESLIE: That’s why they’re so gorgeous.

    TOM: (overlapping voices) Yeah. I mean they’re expensive but they’re an investment-grade roof.

    STEVE: Is there any truth to the fact that bar tile roofs won’t last as long as the normal Spanish style (inaudible).

    TOM: Only if you’re a roofer in Oregon that wants to sell a roof to a guy named Steve that has a bar tile roof. (laughter) OK?

    STEVE: OK. Alright, well that’s what I was kind of figuring.

    TOM: Alright, Steve. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT. 888-666-3974.

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