The task of installing a tile roof can be quite a difficult one. Such a project takes a great deal of preparation, well before the actual tile installation is done. It does not matter if you are putting new ones or replacing your old tiles, understanding the proper technique and steps become crucial.
Remove old roofing (if applicable).
This is, on its own, a major job that can take days and require special tools. It takes some time, but be prepared to do it right.
Install battens (if applicable).
Battens may be needed to hold the tiles in place if the roof is having a steep slope. Usually made of metal or wood, battens are generally 1 inch thick and run horizontally along the roof.
You can find several varieties of tiles that has a hook or a lip allowing it to hang on the available battens. Apart from this, you can find several clips in the market which help to attach the tiles on to the batten.
Determining the spacing for battens can be done easily using two tiles. To prevent interlocking, a three inch overlap is required at the minimum, and a smaller amount of overhang should be left over the eaves. Keep this in mind when you determine the locations of the battens.
After you have determined the distance between the first two battens, measure the distance and set battens using that spacing up, making sure to double-check measurements as you go along.
• Install the tiles.
• You will need to begin with one side first, and then continue to move along the length of the roof.
• Cut tiles to fit tight spots.
• Tiles have to be cut precisely to overcome any obstacle like the chimney.
• Install the ridge tiles.
After completing the broad surfaces of the roof, special ridge tiles are required to cap the top.