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How To Replace Roof Tiles Yourself & Save Money

How To Replace Roof Tiles Yourself & Save Money

If you are buying a house in an older, historic part of a city, or a cottage in the country, you are sure to find that your roof has several layers. Many people end up doing replacement in stages, starting with the most significant holes and working their way down to the sparser areas or missing tiles. Learning to do this yourself can help you improve your skillset, while not having to break the bank here are the step-by-step procedures to replace the roof:


Before you start roof tile replacement work, you should make proper preparations first. You have to begin by surveying the roof with a mason. This is the best way to estimate how much patching and repair will be required. Take photos of the area to remind yourself of how things look now and to give you an idea of what is still covered in lead paint or asbestos. Next, assess the roof’s condition by using a good quality hand lens. Checking for water leaks, blockage or rot is essential. Check that cracks or holes do not prevent the air passing through the roof or rain from passing through.

What materials are needed?

The type of roofing materials required depends on the roof type. Roofing materials available for your roof type: Wood – old/burned shingles Tiles – old/burned tiles Paver – worn on, sheet metal roof Spray foam, polystyrene, vinyl tiles Roofing steel Tile putty for sheet metal roof Properly removing and replacing the roof tiles can be challenging, especially when making the replacement mistake. To make sure your roof is replaced right, we have assembled one step to follow when making your roof replacement project. Step One: Pre-purchase roof tiles While roofing materials, including roofing tiles, are available at the local hardware store, you need to make sure you have the exact type and amount of materials you need to make your roofing project.

Tools required

Plywood saw and jigsaw. Notetaker or notebook and pen. Stiff boards for edge staining. Milliput Corkage sack and board to cover. Flat files for fastening. Spray joint compound Caulk Adhesive remover. Gravel “Inspect the thickness of the roof, work surfaces, and other features to ensure the work is carried out safely. Ensure the masonry on the roof has been sanded or recaulked.” advises Surianne Pichard of Gluck Real Estate and Reclaimers Property. “If everything looks ok, and you’re up for it, it’s a simple process. After the cement and insulation are removed, sand the entire roof to remove any contaminants and seal the cracks before applying a thick layer of joint compound,” she adds. Let the compound cure overnight before working on the edges and cut out the old tiles.

Preparing roof surface for tiles

To start preparing your roof surface for tiles, use mastic with a mallet to pound the flooring scraps into small, consistent pieces. You will also need some scrap buckets and metal strings if you have them. The larger wood pieces can be used for bed frames. Any small pieces can be trimmed down with a circular saw, or if you’re lucky, with a hand saw. You will probably need to replace the adhesive and framing supports, as well as some decking, with tiles, but don’t remove the roofing substrate that was underneath the old tiles. Instead, repair it with concrete mortar or other materials to make it a little more resilient. Using supplies to lay tile Decks should have sufficient strength to support the weight of a two-tonne truck.

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Installation of first row of tiles

The first row of tiles is supported in the roof cavity by a strap and beam joist under the roof. The joist carries the roofing material such as ceramic tile roof or pressure-treated lumber. Without this first row of tiles, the roof structure is no longer stable and can collapse on itself. Install the main roofing system Roofing materials can be installed on the roof frame such as trusses or sheathing. The typical roof structure consists of a number of posts and beams resting on the roof surface. These horizontal and vertical members join into the roof framing with joints. The posts and beams, and roof framing join to form the roofing system. How to replace roof tiles To replace the roof tiles, the roof structure must be loosened.

Installing tiles on the next row of your roof

You can buy in bulk or DIY tile yourself. 

Step 1: Preparation Laying tiles on the ground in a straight line is hard work. To prepare, use a garden rake or tarpaulin and roll it under the tiles so the tiles lie flat on the ground. 

Step 2: Measure and mark where your tiles will sit on your home’s roofline. Measure the distance from the ridge of the roof line to the bottom of the ridge of each tile.

Step 3: Roll your tarpaulin up and position it on the roof using the ridge of the roofline as a reference. Place the TDS & Tech sheet on the roof in the open position and measure the distance between the leading edges of the sheets. Marking your roofline is important. Mark the area where your tarpaulin touches the roof line.

Finishing the installation

1. Insert the drill bit in the roofing screw holes, starting with a screw through the roof membrane. 

2. After turning the drill bit, work the screw out. 

3. Insert the roofing trusses, starting with the trusse that will sit on the edge of the skylight. The trusses should come through from the bottom of the skylight. 

4. Insert the second truss on the opposite side. 

5. Once both trusses are in place, attach the ends to the rafters. 

6. Place the third and fourth trusses in place and attach them to the first two trusses. 

7. Attach the roof to the trusses. 

8. Repeat with the last two trusses and rafters.

These few steps can always be beneficial and always lead to you being able to save money. If you are a home builder yourself, you would know that the more dollars you can save, the more profitable the home flip.

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