One of the most common materials for roofing is tile, which can be made of slate, wood, clay, asphalt, and other materials. To create a distinctive roofing design, you may even get them in a variety of sizes and configurations. Although roofing tiles add to a building’s aesthetic appeal, they have some drawback too. One must deal with a variety of issues, such as creating water leaks and experiencing damage much sooner than anticipated.

The worst situation is when roofing tiles clog gutters. Numerous instances can clog gutter pipes and hinder the free flow of water, whether it’s from washing down roofing tile chips or uprooting a tile. If the tile pieces are struck in the downspout it further creates a huge drainage problem that can cause water clogging. Most people remain unware of the dangers roofing tile can pose to the gutter system. For this reason, we have described how to avoid gutter damage and water clogs caused by roofing tiles.

Some tips on how to stop roof tile from clogging your gutters

1. Check roofing material conditions frequently

Roofing tiles are made from strong, and sturdy materials. They are not totally protected against elemental damage. For instance, too much moisture or humidity can lead to the deterioration and chipping of wooden floors. As a result, when clay tiles are exposed to sunlight for a prolonged time, they will develop cracks. Thus, the chips can easily detach from the main tile frame and end up in the gutters. A couple of chips won’t cause any damage. However, if there is a large block of broken roofing material with leaves and other debris, water clogging is natural.

2. Make sure the roofs are covered during storms.

In the thunderstorm, it is quite obvious for the roofing tiles to break and flow down into the gutter with rainwater. The higher the intensity of rainfall, the higher the chances of clogged gutters due to the tiles will be higher. This is why the your roof surface is covered with plastic and keep them in place with weights. The cover won’t expose the tiles directly, thus preventing it from breaking or chipping.

3. Prevent accumulation of debris in between tiles

To check whether the tiles are in proper condition or not, you must hire a professional roofing contractor. Sometimes, debris and dust accumulating between the tiles can weaken them and cause damage. If rainwater washes their surfaces, a couple of tiles may come off. This is why getting our roof and its condition checked is so crucial, specially if there is an overhanging tree canopy over the roof.

4. Use rain gutter covers for protection

Using rain gutter covers is one of the best ways to prevent gutter clogging from roofing tiles. These gutter covers are made from hard and thickened plastic that can withstand the collision impacts of roofing tiles while preventing them from clogging the gutter pipes.

5. Install an automatic gutter cleaning machine

Keeping up with regular gutter cleaning can be exhausting. Moreover, gutter cleaning is time-consuming and can inconvenience people with busy schedules. Additionally, automatic gutter cleaners make home maintenance easier than ever for homeowners. These machines are effective since they clear your gutter immediately after dirt enters the system. They are also simple to maintain and easy to install. They can even clean your downspouts.


It is not easy to prevent the roof gutter clogging due to tiles. With proper maintenance and regular inspections, you can keep your home and gutters safe from damage.

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Author: William Sessions

William Sessions started a roofing business in 2018 with a mission to create high-quality roofs for Winston-Salem and surrounding areas. He did jobs for Safeco, Liberty Mutual, All-State, and Nationwide for two years. In that experience, he learned how to properly inspect for Hail, Wind and other damages to shingles that would impact insurance claims. After that, he started his own family business and proudly served roofing service in North Carolina. He leverages his roofing knowledge and provides useful insights through blogs on