How To Lay Clay Roof Tiles

Clay roof tiles are one of the most durable roofing materials that are available today. In many regions in Spain and Latin America, clay roof tiles that have been installed centuries ago are still standing up to today. While clay roof tiles are a bit more difficult to repair than other types of roof tiles, they are also some of the most resilient. Most people hire professional roof installers to install the roof tiles, but if you want to lay the clay tiles yourself, here are some steps to help you.

  • Preparation. Before anything else, you should look into the nature of clay roof tiles. Look into the pros and cons, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of clay roof tiles. Will it really be the best type of roofing for your house or not? Although these types of tiles are very durable, you should also remember that they are very heavy and you will need a roof support structure that is strong enough to actually carry the tiles. You will also need to make sure that you have the budget for these tiles. These tiles can cost several thousand dollars to purchase. Once you have decided to proceed, start building the scaffolding around your house. If you do not have access to scaffolding, make sure that you use the biggest and the strongest ladder that you have.
  • Begin on the roof edge. Place the pile of clay roof tiles near the area that you are working in. this will keep you from moving from one place to the other just to reach out for the clay tiles. Moving around too much is also dangerous and should be avoided when you are working on the roof, especially if the roof has not yet been finished. Start from the upper edge of the roof. Add a single tile on the top.
  • Nail and layer. Once you have placed the first tile, you will see a little hole where you can insert a nail. Add the nail and use a mallet to gently drive the nail into place. Do not use a steel or iron hammer, since the pressure from the metal can damage the actual clay roof tile. A wooden mallet will usually be enough. Lay out a line of clay roof tiles on the edge of the roof and then work on the layer below it. Again, place the tile so that it slightly overlaps with the tile below it. Add they nail on the same hole, and work on the entire layer. Do this until you have finished the entire roof.
  • Work in sections. When working with clay tiles, it is best if you work in sections. This will allow you to manage your time. If you are working on very large areas of roofing, you may want to spend several days installing the clay roof tiles. In this case, working in sections allows you to leave a section without having to return to it again.

Make sure that you add a roof cap on the first line of layers, since these have exposed nails. The roof cap is not only decorative but will also keep the nails in place. With these in mind, you should be able to lay your own clay roof tiles.


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