My 35 year old concrete barrel tile roof is starting to leak. I plan to
replace it as soon as the rainey season here in Tampa Bay Florida is over.
I was planning to do the soffit and facia work myself and hire a roofing
The place that has me worried is the inside corner of the overhang right by
the front door. Recently, I have noticed water dripping from the joint in
the facia board and upon testing the area with my finger learned that the
facia board, plywood soffit, decking and the rafter tail that supports it
all is mush! There is even a gutter there which is okay so the water must be
entering down at the end of the drain valley between the two hips but out on
the eve portion.
I need advice on the best way to replace/splice new wood/repair that section
of the rafter. The rest of the work I think I can deal with.
If the roof is gonna be stripped anyway, figure on opening up that area of
deck, and replacing all or part of that rafter. If you are lucky, it will be
solid at the top of the wall, and you can just replace the tail, with
sistered splices to keep it solid. If this is the valley rafter itself, a
major part of the roof structure, I highly recommend having a pro look at
it. The roofing contractor who is bidding the work will have a line on
somebody, and can probably roll it into their bid. (with the bid being
subject to change of course, once roof is stripped and they can eyeball the
So what are you going to be replacing the roof with? I understand some of
the new synthetic barrel tiles are a lot more forgiving during installation,
and a lot more resistant to the mortar joints opening up. Barrel tile roof
always struck me as being awful brittle for something sitting up there in
the wind and rain and tropical sun, doing all that thermal cycling. Seems
like any flex in the roof structure at all, and leaks would be inevitable.
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