How to Install Slate Tile Siding Part 1

What You'll Need
Mallet or hammer
Slate tiles
Plastic siding
Tile cutters

If you have a slate tile roof, then you will probably want to add siding to match this effect. Siding made from slate tiling can be fragile and difficult to work with, but you will need to cut it to size. This part of the instructions will teach you how to clear a space for your tiles, and how to lay out the out the underlay of the siding to protect the ceiling beneath.

Step 1 - Clean Your Tiles

Before you to too far in cutting down all of the tiles you think you will need to remove from your roof in order to lay the siding, you should first gently scrub the tiles closest to the corner where you will add siding. You may find that some of the tiles have become weathered or have even started to come away from the nail that is holding it in place. Remove any nails like this, and brush down the surface of the tiles to ensure that you have a clean and undamaged surface to work with.

Step 2 - Remove the Nails

The next step is to remove any nails that are in the way of your slate tile siding process, and make sure that they do not extend into the siding. You can cut down the edges of tiles if necessary to prevent them from being damaged later, but for now you should place them on one side. Continue removing as many nails as necessary.

Step 3 - Add the Siding

Place a layer of plastic siding beneath the space of the tiles. You should be able to reach beneath the tiles and move the siding so that it fits the area where you are working from it. If possible, move the siding so that there are no wrinkles. Make sure that the siding points down towards a gutter or similar rain catchment area without any creases in the line of the sheet.

Step 4 - Fix the Siding in Place

You can then fix the siding into place by nailing around the edges of the material. Using your mallet, make sure that the nails are driven in to the very bottom and that there are no gaps between the top of the plastic sheeting and the start of the roof. Carry on firmly nailing the siding into place until you come to the bottom of the roof. Then fold the edge of the sheet under the roof, and nail that into place.

(This is Part 1 of a 3 part series. To move ahead to Part 2, click here.)