A Guide to Roofing Tiles Installation
Admin Admin May 11, 2022

This article helps you with the process of tile installation from planning to execution. You should always consider safety as you are working on height. 

A Guide to Roofing Tiles Installation

A. Planning 

1. Measure your roof 

In order to estimate or calculate the needed materials, you must first measure your roof length, width, and slope. You must also need to know the capacity of your roof frame in order to not stress the material which will cause it to collapse. 

2. Choose your roofing tile material

The most common factor that affects your choice of roofing tile is your budget. You must also put into consideration the durability and longevity of the roofing materials. The roofing market also has a wide range of styles, sizes, and color that fits your design. But most importantly, choose a roofing material that works well with your climate, as it is also a big factor in the longevity of your roof. 

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3. Calculate the actual vs design load

Depending on your roof tile, calculate the accumulated weight of the tile and the weight it acquires when water is present. Most of the roof tiles are porous enough that water can sip in. You must be able to anticipate the excess load during this weather condition. If your roof framing can’t carry the weight, you can either choose a lighter roof tile or you can provide additional reinforcement to your frame.

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4. Make an estimation 

Now that you have chosen your roof tile and know your roof measurements, you must estimate the number of roof tiles you need for your entire area. It is advised to consider an additional percentage to your total number for the anticipation of materials breaking or to avoid going back and forth if you need more. You must also consider estimating other construction materials like nails, sealant, and underlayment as they are also needed. 

5. Buying the materials 

You must be able to consult with different suppliers to get the best price for each material, you must also be knowledgeable of the durability of their materials as well as if they provide a warranty. 

B. Execution 

1. Removing old materials 

2. Reinforce your roof frame 

If necessary, replace the removed old material to strengthen it. 

3. Install your roof underlayment 

Underlayment is the protection of your home from leaks if your roof tile breaks. Therefore, you must know how to install the underlayment properly first before the tiles. In installing your underlayment, it should be aligned and well attached. In adding underlayment to cover other areas, you must overlap to secure the connection of each. Provide an extra layer to the roof edge and valley as this is prone to leaking.

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4. Install the battens 

Battens hold the roof tiles in place, it runs horizontally along the length of the roof. In order to know the spacing between the battens, take two tiles and provide a minimum of 3 inches for tiles that do not interlock, consider an allowance for the overhang over the eaves. With your width, divide the distance you took and determine the number of battens you need for installation. Now consider this spacing in holding your battens in place. 

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5. Installing your tiles 

Install your roof tiles following the length of your roof. You can provide a mortar to give it additional strength. Do not forget the overhang allowance if working on edges. Cut the tiles to fit in some areas. If done, install the ridge tile to finish the job. 


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