How to lay roof tile

Written by annie wang
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While it is easier to lay your own roof tile than you might think, it still will take a lot of time and hard work. If you have just a small section of roof to be re-tiled, this may be a project you would like to undertake yourself. Larger projects should be left to a professional.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Aluminium nails
  • Disc cutter
  • Hammer
  • Measuring tape
  • Sealant
  • Roof tiles
  • Clips
  • Chisel
  • Adhesive
  • Metal scraper
  • Putty knife
  • Grout

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  1. 1

    Use the chisel to remove the grout around the roof tiles that need to be replaced.

  2. 2

    Remove the roof tiles that need replacement. If they are held in place by adhesive, use your drill to break them into several pieces for easier removal.

  3. 3

    Scrape away all debris and dirt with your metal scraper from the area where you removed the roof tiles.

  4. 4

    Apply 1/8 of an inch of adhesive to the new roof tiles, leaving 1/2 inch on each side.

  5. 5

    Press the roof tiles, adhesive side down into place one by one. Let dry for 24 hours.

  6. 6

    Using grout that matches the grout of your roof, apply it to any gaps between your replacement roof tile.

Tips and warnings

  • Make the necessary safety precautions. Secure your tools and materials so nothing ends up sliding down the roof and potentially hurting someone below.

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