Should I replace cracked roof tiles? [ Infographic ]

Posted on 23 September 2022

Cracked roof tiles might not seem like a major concern, however, they can lead to big problems if not addressed quickly. Even small cracks can cause rain and wind to penetrate the roof, causing more damage and leaks. If you’re wondering “Should I replace cracked roof tiles?”, read on.  

Should I replace cracked roof tiles

What causes cracked roof tiles?

When installed properly, roof tiles usually have long lifespans. However, sometimes they can sustain damage which means they need to be replaced sooner than expected. Common reasons for cracked roof tiles include:

  • Falling objects. Tree branches or other types of debris can fall on a roof during storms, causing damage. Large hailstones can also crack roof tiles. 
  • Incorrect installation. One of the biggest causes of roof tiles becoming cracked is that they haven’t been installed correctly. They may be vulnerable to damage as a result, particularly during periods of bad weather.  
  • Foot traffic. Roof tiles made from clay or concrete are considered robust and hardwearing. However, they are not intended to be walked on since this can easily cause cracks to form.
  • Time. Even though roof tiles are very long-lasting, wear and tear will occur over time. They will eventually start to deteriorate and require replacing.  

Whatever the cause of damage to roof tiles, they need to be replaced as soon as possible to stop it from getting worse. Enlist a local roofing company to replace your roof tiles in a fast and professional manner. 

Should I replace cracked roof tiles or can I repair them? Roof Repairs in Grimsby

Many people wonder if they need to replace cracked roof tiles or if they can be repaired. Ideally, cracked roof tiles need to be replaced in order to maintain the weatherproofing of the roof and its attractive appearance. However, you may be able to repair the cracked tile as a temporary solution, if, for example, you don’t have access to a new tile. Keep in mind though that this will only work short-term, and the broken tiles need to be replaced as soon as possible. Repairs to cracked tiles can be made using roofing cement or silicone caulking. 

Don’t ignore cracked roof tiles 

It can be tempting to ignore cracked roof tiles, especially if you’re worried about the cost of replacing them. However, this is a mistake, especially since even the smallest crack can allow rainwater to penetrate the roof’s structure, potentially causing more damage and even serious leaks. 

If water is allowed to enter your home, this can result in a whole host of problems, including mould and mildew, damaged walls and ceilings, and damage to your belongings. Structural damage caused by water penetrating the roof can be serious. When the structure below the roof tiles is exposed to water, rot can quickly set in, causing structural deterioration. Water damage can spread further, affecting the interior of the property.

Cracked tiles that lead to leaks can result in unhealthy living environments. If water seeps into the structure of a property and causes mould and mildew, it can trigger health conditions such as allergic reactions, congestion and chest infections. Additionally, water leaks around electrical appliances and power outlets can raise the risk of fire, electrocution, and electric shortages. You can remove these risks by making sure your roof is in optimal condition. 

Can I replace a cracked roof tile myself?

If you consider yourself skilled at DIY, you may be thinking about replacing a cracked roof tile yourself. This requires removing it and then installing a new one. This may sound like a simple task, however, in reality, it can be quite dangerous. Replacing a cracked roof tile involves working at height, which can be risky if you’re not experienced at this. It’s also possible that you’ll accidentally damage other tiles, either by walking on them, removing the old one, or installing the new one incorrectly. Although it’s possible to replace a roof tile yourself, this isn’t advisable in most cases. It makes sense to hire experienced roofers in Grimsby instead.

Roof Pointing in GrimsbyExperienced roofers in Grimsby

Raven Roofing and Repairs is on hand to replace your cracked tiles in a prompt and professional manner. We carry out hundreds of tile replacements every year in the Grimsby area. Whilst replacing a roof tile is usually a very quick job, care needs to be taken to ensure a safe working platform. To avoid damaging other roof tiles, we’ll take adequate precautions, including the use of roof ladders, crawling boards or access boards. We also follow the correct procedures for safe working at height, taking all the necessary steps to ensure the personal safety of our team. Ideally, the weather should be dry too to achieve the best results. 

In terms of sourcing the right tiles for your roof, you can rely on us to do this for you. If you live in an older property or even a listed building, we may be able to find tiles from the same period from a reclamation yard. 

We’ve been providing roofing services in Grimsby for many years, building a fantastic reputation. We serve both domestic and commercial customers, repairing and replacing the roofs of hundreds of properties throughout the area. We’re renowned for carrying out our work to the highest possible standards, ensuring a durable and aesthetically pleasing finish for your new roof. 

Contact us 

“Should I replace cracked roof tiles?” is a common question we get asked here at Raven Roofing. To hire our roofers in Grimsby, get in touch today. Call us on 01472 565 084 to discuss your roofing needs with one of our friendly team. Alternatively, send us a message via the contact form on our website and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.  


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Shawn Bosworth
Chris and his apprentice were brilliant! Came out in the miserable rain and made my roof water tight again. I had several quotes from other roofers, cowboys trying to milk my desperation for silly money. Chris was honest, fair and reasonably priced. Highly recommended, thanks!
mark appleby
Extremely Happy with Job!Chris, Quickly assessed the roof and gave options on what could be done.Once Date Agreed, delivered on time with a very professional looking job. Job was in Feb and Chris and Team went out of their way to get the job done even though weather was bad at end of week. They left Work area very clean. Highly reccomend them!
Bev Barley
Thanks for doing a first class job would highly recommend Chris for a job well done
Robert Meadows
Mike Downs
Fantastic, would recommend to anyone who needs roof work. Polite, helpful and super fast. Thanks so much.
Lisa McMahon
Had a leak from my roof. Chris came out the same day althoughthe weather wasn't good. He surveyed the roof and found the problem immediately (a tile had slipped), took photo's before and after replacing the slipped tile. I asked how much I owed him - he said there was NO charge as it was a quick repair. What a lovely, kind, genuine guy! Would highly recommended him and his company.
Roland Packer
We recently had the roof on our extension replaced by raven roofing. Chris and his young helper couldn't have been more helpful. Work done to a very high standard. Quote honoured to the penny. Genuinely nice people and a real pleasure to do business with. Will definitely call them for the services they offer, when needed.
Michelle Packer
Can’t recommend this company enough. Did a great job on our roof , very friendly team , punctual, good quality work and good value for money . Many thanks
Carol Howden
Very friendly team and carried out a great job. Arrived and just got on with the job. Looks great
andrew engeham
Competitive price and excellent workmanship.Highly recommended.
Keith Brown
Great company great service
John Hornsby
Came on time very Satisfied with wat was done. Will be using them again if needed
Omer Khalifa
renegade jokerrr
Fantastic service! Nice and friendly guys! Very quick work! Great customer service! If I need any repairs in the future i will use Raven again.
Margaret Dabb
After being let down by another firm i rang Chris in desperation. Within an hour he arrived, looked at work, discussed, priced and booked a date. Arrived on time, everything ran like clockwork even in the awful heat they had to work through. Very well organised, very tidy, would have no hesitation in recommending his work. Many thanks
Zoe Gibbons
Can’t recommend Chris and his team more, they were all friendly, polite and efficient and left my patio tidier than it was before! Nothing was too much trouble and good quality work and price. I’d definitely recommend Raven Roofing to all my friends and family.
Alan Grosschmidt
Would Recommend Raven Roofing.We had new gutters and facias fitted all round the house.We were really pleased with the completed job.I did point out a minor oversight, which Chris promptly dealt with.The quote for the job was very competitive and I doubt you could get it done cheaper.So deserves 5 Stars.
Andrea Goforth
Was very happy with the prompt, professional, and friendly service provided by this company . They were so quick to help me out and repair a badly storm damaged roof. It is such a joy to have a service provider come when they say they will! Reasonable price and good quality workmanship too . Thank you, Raven Roofing .
We had the tiles down the gulley re-bedded.Very professional and cleaned up afterwards. Really friendly and very kind guy and we will definitely be using Raven Roofing again in the new year to do our guttering! Thanks Chris 👍🏻
Mike Prior
they repaired a dislodged tile free of charge. Just asked To be remembered for other works and telling my friends
Sally Melton
Had a skylight fitted. Excellent service, fitted my job in even though extremely busy. Was absolutely delighted the attention to detail was perfect. Made sure everything was tidied up and taken away. Thank you again. Would highly recommend.
Ali Wickham
Peter Hogarth
These guys did a great job repointing my roof gulleys
Pamela Blow
Samantha Blow
Excellent service, I would highly recommend :)
Derek Coates
Chris promptly repaired the front guttering which is now ok.
Lee Popham
Rang raven to come and fix my roof after last months storm, came next day and repaired, very happy with service and price, will definitely use again.
Mark Barnard
Very good reliable service all work guaranteed
kevin langley
When we needed urgent roof repairs, Raven Roofing & Repairs came to the rescue. Great quality work undertaken by true professionals.
Steve Nowell
I recently had repairs done to my roof. The response and service were excellent, nothing was too much trouble and the work carried out effectively and efficiently
Kelly Brewer
Excellent service, recently had repairs carried out on my house roof, Chris was really friendly, work carried out to a great standard at a great price 🙂
We have used Raven Roofing several times for small repairs as we didn't want to go to the expense of a new roof, but recent torrential rain forced us to accept we needed a new roof. We were dreading the bill but Raven Roofing were very reasonable (not sure if I'm allowed to say how much).The scaffolding arrived and was put up promptly, Raven Roofing arriving a couple of days later to start work, the only delays were due to bad weather and Raven Roofing contacted us to let us know about any delays which we really liked, usually builders don't bother. Raven roofing were polite, friendly and courteous at all times.Out roof was completely stripped and replaced in a week, all rubbish was removed and the gardens left looking tidy.The roof itself looks fantastic...we are very very pleased and highly recommend Raven Roofing.