Tips For Installing Clay Roofing Tiles

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There are a lot of roofing options, from standard asphalt shingles to various types of tiles. A popular type of tile, especially if you want a mission or Mediterranean style home, is the clay roof tiles. These tiles provide a variety of benefits, including being long-lasting, fire-resistant, and beautiful. Here are some helpful tips for installing the clay roofing tiles.

Choose the Roof Underlay

Since clay tiles are heavy, you need to choose the roof underlay very carefully. There are different types of materials that are strong enough to support clay roofing, but asphalt is one of the best. You will start with your basic roofing foundation, then install asphalt above that. Once the asphalt is installed, you are able to install the clay tiles. If you are using a relatively thin type of asphalt-impregnated roofing, you may need two layers in addition to another coated base sheet of asphalt before installing the clay tiles.

Decide on the Type of Clay Tiles

The next decision you need to make when it comes to your clay tile roof is choosing the tiles themselves. There are different types of clay tiles that are made for certain environmental conditions. If you live in a hot, dry climate, you don't want the clay tiles meant for a cold climate. You will also be choosing your tiles based on their appearance. There are plain tiles, which are usually a rectangle of tile with a smooth finish. Slate clay tiles are thinner and may be available in different sizes. There are also pantiles, which have an S-shape for certain aesthetic changes. Roman clay tiles are similar to the S-shaped tiles, but they are flatter with less roll.

Add Flashing

Shortly before installing the clay tiles and after you have installed your underlay, you will install the metal flashing. Flashing goes around your roof where it meets the walls. The flashing will consist of metal elements that go around the roof, as well as around any roofing elements like conduits, vents, and chimneys. Make sure you choose flashing that is resistant to corrosion and other perils.

Install the Clay Tiles

You are finally ready to install the clay tiles. Clay tiles are installed with nails at the base of the tile, and into the batten of the roof. Make sure you don't push the nail in too far or it will get stuck and you won't be able to retrieve it. Make sure the tile goes past the batten by a couple inches. Find the inner end of the first clay tile and install another tile on top of that one. Continue in this manner until all tiles have been nailed to the roof. Once you are done with the first row, you will begin the second directly next to it.

You can also use mortar as a finishing step to fill any gaps. The method you use depends on your own preferences and what you feel comfortable working with. The mortar should be of medium consistency so it is easy to apply. The mortar should be applied in gaps between tiles on the roof.

For further assistance, contact professionals, such as those from Cottrell Bros.

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13 April 2015

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