Installing Roofing Tiles and Shingles

Brent Barnhart
How to Install Roofing Tiles and Shingles

When looking to make your roof more resistant to the elements, installing tile roofing may be your best bet. This allows the roof to drain away from the home and preventing potential water damage. Tile and other materials such as shingle roofing can be installed to achieve damage prevention. This can be done yourself, although it requires a fair amount of knowledge to attempt. The following information gives you a thorough look at different parts of the roofing structure and the materials and strategies that protect it, as well as approaches to install roof materials.


Installing tiles

Pieces of tile roof are installed individually, while battens align them correct along the roof. Begin the process of roof installation by starting at the eave risers and working upwards on the roof. Be sure not to overdrive the nails, for this increases the risk of cracking the tile. Put in gable end titles where the gable ceases, layer them shingle-style up the roof. Every gable end title should cover the nails fastening the previous gable tile. Install ridge tiles on the appropriate ridges. Make sure that the ridge tiles also cover the nails used to cover previous ridge tiles. The work it takes to install tiles may be daunting, but it’s worth it in protecting your home.

Installing shingles

Shingle roof is installed in sheets; tabs are cut out along the bottom of each sheet. These tabs are what’s exposed to the weather and provide shingles their distinctive patterns. Install the starter course of shingles at the eaves. Make sure to cut them lengthwise so that the adhesive is at the edge of the roof. Also note that the starter course goes over the outer edge of the drip edge no more than half an inch. The first row of shingles also shouldn’t extend more than half an inch over the same perimeter. The shingles should be layered from the eaves towards the ridge, nailed accordingly with the manufacturer’s instructions (four nails per shingle are standard). Finish by installing the ridge shingles, working them from the ridge towards the center. The labor it takes to install shingles may seem a bit much, but serves as a way to both stylize and protect your home.

Other means of protection

There are other methods to prevent roofing damage beyond tile and shingles. Drip edges, for example, protect roofing by allowing water to drain away from the home. Exposing the home to water is a gateway to disaster, whether it be leaks or mold growth. Roofing can further be protected from the elements by roofing underlayment. The water that penetrates the exterior roofing will be washed away by the underlayment. Self-sticking underlayment are useful in cold climates where ice may melt and attempt to move within the roof. These principles are simple yet crucial in the process of protecting one’s home from the elements. If you don’t feel that you can do the work yourself, consider hiring an experienced contractor to do the work for you. Protecting your home is simply too important to be left undone


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