In south Louisiana we are fortunate to a variety of cultures that influence everything from our food to our music to our homes. One major element of homes in our part of the country is a tile roof. They can give any home character and charm. They also have different advantages from other roofing materials. If you have a tile roof or are considering the replacement of your shingled or metal roof to tile, it’s important to know a little more than just how it looks. There are many similarities in the construction of tile roof to other materials, but as with anything, whenever you make a change, there will be some key differences. Let’s take a closer look at what goes into installing a tile roof.
1.) First of all you’ll need to select the type of tile you’d like for your roof. There are a variety of materials and features that different tiles offer. Concrete tiles are heavy and durable, while lighter slate tiles are more fragile, and clay tiles respond better to temperature.
2.) Ensuring your roof was constructed properly for a tile roof is key. A tiled roof needs a pitch of at least 3 ½ , to prevent leaking. Also double check your roof to ensure it can support heavier materials.
3.) A layer of support needs to be layed on the roof. This is especially crucial for concrete tiles. Typically ¾ inch plywood will do the trick. It should cover the entire area of the roof you’d like to tile.
4.) Just as with any roof, an underlayment to create a membrane that protects your home from the elements is needed. It also provides extra weight and cushioning for your roof.
5.) Now it is time to lay the tiles. Working in small sections helps ensure that everything is interlocking properly. You want to avoid gaps at all costs to prevent leaks.
6.) Once the tile is laid, it will need to be fixed in place. This can be done with a nail gun. A local Baton Rouge roofing company can provide the material for your new roof, or install it for you. Using the proper size and type of nails is important as to not damage the tile.
7.) The last step is to install the flashing around any gaps. Flashing is a metal piece that will protect crevices and other vulnerable areas of the roof from leaking.
And that is what goes into building a tile roof. If you are interested in revitalizing your home, or are due for a roof replacement, the pros at Cribbs Incorporated have been building and repairing roofs and helping Baton Rouge home and business owners for over 50 years. For a free estimate, click here.