A new roof can provide the finishing touches on a home or a wonderful remodeling touch on an existing property. Tiling a roof is a job that will save you a lot of money if you choose to do it yourself. 

If you're replacing an already existing roof then the first step in the process is to remove the old tile and the existing roof underlay membrane. Once the roof is bare and the frame of the home is exposed, then you are ready to begin the job.

Install the membrane

The first step in installing a tile roof is to lay down a roof membrane over the wooden frame. You can purchase the membrane at your local hardware store and it will provide a number of benefits, like heat retention and waterproofing. Start at the lowest level of the roof and work your way up to the top, level by level, stretching the membrane from one side of the roof to the other. Be sure that you overlap the membrane where necessary, stretch it tight and use long nails to secure it to the frame. Continue from the bottom to the top until the entire roof is covered.

Once the membrane is installed then you are ready to lay out the tile and the roofing laths. Roofing laths are long, narrow pieces of wood that will be installed horizontally across the roof and nailed to the existing wooden frame. You will use the roofing laths to create a grid and secure the tiles to them. 

Lay the laths and tiles

To begin, lay out two of the roofing laths about a foot apart and secure them to the roof frame with long, sturdy nails. When the laths are securely in place then you can lay out the tile to give you an idea of how the installation will look. This will also allow you to adjust the tiles to make the finished product perfect and aligned. Space out your roofing laths every foot or so across the roof and continue to install them all the way up the surface.

Lay out your tiles on the bottom level of the roof and nail them in one by one according to the manufacturers instructions. Generally, tiles come with preset holes to make the hammering easy. Be sure to use aluminum nails that are long enough to penetrate into the roofing laths and the frame. Move on to the next level and work all the way up the roof. On each level of tile, make sure you overlap the level beneath it. A few inches will be fine and will help to prevent any possible leaks. Finish the job by laying out the ridge or hip tiles. These are the curved pieces that will be installed at the peak of the roof and will complete your roof, leaving you with a finished, professional looking roof. Click here for more information on new roofs.