Replace Broken Clay Tiles On Your Home’s Rooftop

Because air and moisture can pass through broken clay tiles on a rooftop, rising energy costs and leaks inside of a structure can become an issue.If large pieces of hail cracked a couple clay tiles on your home's rooftop, remove the damaged tiles and replace them by completing the steps below.


  • ladder
  • safety harness
  • pry bar
  • putty knife
  • scrub brush
  • soapy water
  • water hose
  • clay tiles
  • paintbrush
  • roofing mortar
  • flat head roofing nails
  • nail gun
  • hammer

Remove The Broken Tiles And Clean The Bare Spots On The Roof

Set a ladder up near the section of the roof where the damage was located. Put on a safety harness before climbing the roof and ask a friend to spot you while you are making the repair. Place the tip of a pry bar underneath each nail that is attached to the broken tiles and move the end of the tool upwards to assist with loosening them.

Remove the broken tiles and use a putty knife to carefully scrape away any dried roofing mortar that is on the rooftop. Clean the bare sections on the roof with soapy water and a scrub brush. Rinse the same spots with plain water and wait for them to dry.

Attach New Tiles

Use a paintbrush to apply a thin, even layer of roofing mortar to the bottom of the first replacement tile. Line up the tile on the roof and press it down firmly until it is secure. Apply mortar to the remaining tile and attach it to the roof in the same manner. Use a nail gun to attach flat head roofing nails in the corner of each tile. A hammer can also be used to complete this step. If a hammer is going to be used, strike each nail directly on the head until the heads are flush with the rest of the roofing nails that are on your home's roof. 

Maintain The Roofing Materials

Keeping the roof free of debris will prevent damage to the tiles. After severe storms, remove large pieces of debris from the rooftop with a long-handled scrub brush or broom. Clean the surface of each tile with a soapy solution and scrub brush if stains ever become an issue. Rinse the rooftop off with plain water once the tiles are stain-free. If a large amount of tiles ever become damaged, due to a severe storm or if the roof begins leaking at any time, seek professional assistance from a roofing company (like Rocky Mountain Roofers & Gutters).