How to TILE A ROOF with Clay or Concrete Tiles – New Roof

August 24, 2017

How to tile a roof – If you would prefer to READ how to tile a roof and see more help, please visit this link…Unless you found this video via my website.
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  1. Hi, thank you for your tutorial. I will be attempting my roof very soon. I'm using Dupont Tyvex breathable membrane under the existing Marley Ludlow Major tiles. I read that battens and the membrane should be fixed using Austenitic stainless steel nails. Is this true? Or can I use galvanised nails?

  2. I've got a leak on my roof and have been looking at loads of your videos which are very helpful. I've noticed that there's commentary elsewhere on the web about moss and how damaging it is. My roof is a shallow angle roof and has moss which I do clean off every now and then, in your opinion is moss and issue?

  3. Very useful and clear video. My only criticism is the use of centimetres rather than the construction industry norm of using only metres and millimetres. In my experience (50 years in the industry) whenever centimetres are used it often causes confusion.

  4. Great video, but I'm confused about the top row. I am tiling a small porch and the top row of marley concrete tiles (the sides don't overlap) will let water in as the top part of the tile doesn't have a tile under it? What am I missing?
    Should the ridge tile maybe be covering this?

  5. Add in valleys, hips, chimneys and – worst of all – differing pitches, whilst working on an old 18th century farmhouse using reclaimed hand made tiles and see if you can get a good consistent gauging system going then. You can't! I've had a nightmare day.

  6. A superb vidieo but there is one very important procedure and that is wind direction. Taking into consideration your position in the environment, very high roof height anyway, and wind direction. The best place to start is with the wind at your back then after you've got your first three felt nails fixed take the felt along 5 or 6 rafters and add more felt nails. The wind actually helps now by laying the pressure on the felt rather than lifting it as it would do if you started with the wind facing you. One length of felt along a roof with the wind facing would act like a plane wing and would rip a couple of felt nails out with no trouble and could be so dangerous flapping about on scaffold. I do not want to criticise only add to a very helpful vidieo.

  7. can you please explain or do a video on installing the first row of tiles? what is the best method so that you don't get the bottom tile angling down and creating a gap between the bottom of the next row if that makes sense. thanks

  8. Thank you for a clear and thorough video. While I doubt that I could do a sound tile roof myself based on it, it does provide the information I would need to oversee a contractor and ensure that the job is done properly.

    You recommend nailing tiles on every third batten for your area. I live in an area where strong thunderstorms often bring winds of 70-80 miles per hour or more. I would think that I should probably nail more tiles. Also, if you mentioned how the tiles are nailed, I failed to understand the instructions. Does each tile get 2 nails through the battens chosen for nailing? Other than the labor costs and additional time for installation, are there other downsides to nailing through every batten? Your video shows a relatively small dimension batten. If I used 1×4's (4×1 in the UK, I think) for battens, I would run less risk of their splitting out with a greater number of nails. Is my thinking generally correct?

    Again, thank your for an excellent video.

  9. Many thanks for taking the time to produce this video. I am going to replace / repair a roof on my brother's house in the comming months and am very greatful for this information. I have a question, please. Do your have a video on making the trusses for the roof?

  10. Such a shame the cowboy who did my roof extension about 10 years ago didn't watch this. Just came to fit a dry very and the tile gauge can be described as "random" at best. Nicely explained, good video.

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