How to Install Tile Roofing How to Install Tile Roofing

What You'll Need
Cant strips (thickness: 2 inches)
Metal flashing

Installing your own tile roofing may seem to be a daunting task. This article aims to make your job much simpler by showing you step by step how it can be done. The reason why tile roofing is so popular is because it is fireproof. This along with the number of designs available to suit your taste makes it very attractive to households. Concrete tiles are available in the market and are very durable, but if you are looking for lighter tiles, clay tiles will best suit you.

Step 1 - Installing Underlayment

Underlayment needs to be installed across the roof sheathing. Installing 30 pounds of felt (asphalt-saturated) is common practice for most house roofs, but to be sure of which underlayment felt would be best suited, consult codes of local buildings. Before installing the underlayment, read the manufacturer’s literature for an efficient working.

Step 2 - Metal Flashing

You need to install metal flashing everywhere bulges out against a vertical pillar or wall. This is usually when the roof has a skylight, valley or a chimney. The metal for flashing should be corrosion resistant 28 gauge so that it is durable.

Step 3 - Nailing the Cant Strip

On the roof’s eave, you need to nail the cant strip. The strip is twice as thicker than batten, and with the help of it, the tiles’ primary course is slanted so that the following courses are matched with it the primary one. You need to ensure an inch gap after every five feet; this will aid in draining rain water from the roof across the batten and cant strip row you installed on the entire roof.

Step 4 - Measuring

Use a measuring tape to measure the length of the tile under use, noe with a pencil, mark the underlayment. The tiles should now be hanging over the eaves by one inch and the back of the tile will have 1/2 inch head lug, so you need to deduct 1.5 inches from the initial mark and make a new mark on the underlayment. Apply this procedure on the two ends of the roof, now break a line using the chalk box. Nail the batten of size 1 by 2 beneath and flush with the line that was snapped. Now for the remaining battens’ snapped lines, you need to deduct 3.5 inches from the tile’s length, and break lines of the same length on the remainder of the roof.

Step 5 - Finishing

Settle down the tile by sliding it left and right because of the grooves underneath the tile. To ensure proper installation, the vertical joints between the tiles must not have and foreign material in between them. Behind every line of battens will rest the head lug. The amount of tiles that need to be fastened with nails would depend on the slope of the roof, the wind velocity of the region and whether battens were used.


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