How to install cement roof tile

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How to install cement roof tile
Concrete roofing tile is durable and weather resistant. (small house with a tile roof image by Yermashkevich Pavel from

Concrete roofing tile is the longest-lasting roofing known to man. It is the most durable and maintenance-free roofing material on the market, as it highly resists most major weather conditions. Although cement roof tile is initially more expensive than other materials, it pays for itself for many years by providing insulation for a home and virtually eliminating repair costs. You can install concrete roofing tile without a professional or special training as long as you properly follow directions.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Installation manual
  • Roof underlining
  • Adhesive
  • Nails
  • Wooden battens
  • Anchor lugs

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  1. 1

    Measure your roof to calculate the slope incline and determine the correct number and type of tiles to order. Decide on a roof tile that best fits your roof structure and slope.

  2. 2

    Read and analyse the instruction manual supplied by the manufacturer. Cover the entire roof surface with underlining, by attaching it to the roof surface with adhesive and nails.

  3. 3

    Place and nail wooden battens along the roof with enough room between them to lay individual tiles. The wooden battens are strips that hold the anchor lugs attached to the back of the concrete tiles.

  4. 4

    Place the tiles in interlocking rows, starting at the lower edge of the roof and layering them up to the ridge. Attach the tiles into place by snapping the anchor lugs to the wooden battens. Once the tiles are hooked onto the battens, removal is very difficult.

Tips and warnings

  • If your roof has a steep slope, you may need to hire a professional roofer who can manoeuvre on steep inclines.
  • Avoid slipping; never install cement tiles while the roof is wet.

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