How to Remove Concrete Roof Tile

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How to Remove Concrete Roof Tile
Concrete roof tiles are a common alternative to clay, and achieve a similar aesthetic. (Roof Tiles 2 image by chrisharvey from

Roof tiles are a commonly used roofing material, as they offer a wider variety of colours and styles, while also offering better defence against the elements and fire. Concrete roof tiles are a common and effective alternative to the (usually) high-priced clay tiles, while offering an almost identical aesthetic. Like every other building material, concrete roof tiles are not indestructible and can wear over time, removing these tiles for repairs or replacement is a generally straightforward task that can be successfully completed by just about anyone with minimal and basic construction tools.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Work gloves
  • Flat pry bar
  • Roofing hammer

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  1. 1

    Put on the work gloves before starting any work; extended handling of concrete material without the use of gloves can temporarily damage the skin around the hands.

  2. 2

    Carefully pull the roofing nail from the concrete tile and roof, using the flat pry bar and roofing hammer. Discard the roofing nails in a safe place where it will not be forgotten, or stepped on, as they can be very hard to spot when walking around on the roof or the ground beneath the work area.

  3. 3

    Pull the concrete tile from the roof and set aside or discard; most commonly, concrete tiles can be reused when carefully removed intact.

  4. 4

    Repeat steps 2 and 3, working your way from the top row of roof tiles to the bottom; roof tiles overlap from top to bottom for optimum water shedding.

Tips and warnings

  • Always use caution when working on a roof; consult with a roofing contractor or specialist for any possible precautions that may be necessary for a specific roof type (conditions can vary greatly depending on the structure and slope of the roof).

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