How to replace a roof tile

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How to replace a roof tile
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A cracked or broken roof tile can stick out like a sore thumb every time you look at your house. You don't have to replace a large section of tile just to fix one broken piece. You can replace the broken tile with a fresh, new tile. The process is cheap and can be done in about an hour. Whether you need to replace one tile or several scattered across your roof, learn how to change out an old tile for a new one. Your home will thank you.

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Things you need

  • 2 flat pry bars
  • Hammer
  • Nail (optional)

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  1. 1

    Wedge a flat pry bar under the upper right tile situated above the tile you're replacing.

  2. 2

    Apply firm pressure until the tile lifts up. Leave the pry bar there to keep the tile raised.

  3. 3

    Wedge a second flat pry bar under the tile to the left of the tile you're replacing. Leave this pry bar in place as well.

  4. 4

    Slide the tile out. If it is nailed down, remove the nail first with a hammer. Slide the two pry bars in further if there is not enough space to pull out the tile.

  5. 5

    Slide the new tile into the old tile's spot. Insert a new nail if needed. Remove the two pry bars so the tiles fall back into place. They will hold the new tile firmly in place.

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