How to Install Wood Shake Tile Roofing

What You'll Need
Tape measure
Roof tiles (of your choice)
Cant strip flush
Chalk box

Tile roofing is often an added feature done on some buildings or even houses. Its prime purpose is to ensure that rain water is kept off the roofing or if it lands on it, it simply slides away off the roofing materials. Roof tiles are often made from available local materials such as clay, slate or wood. Homebuilders have a wide variety of profiles to choose from when selecting tiles for the roof. Roof tiles are often secured on the roof by nailing them into the roofing base. Tiles are positioned parallel to each other with obvious overlaps in between rows to cover the nails from view and to drain water immediately during rainy season. Other forms of roof tiles do not only proofs your roof from rain water or any other fluid that may be trapped in the roof but also adds a decorative look on one’s roof. Learning how to install roof tiles might help you address some problems you are encountering on your roof while at the same time giving you a very fruitful activity. Here are the steps on how to accomplish this.

Step 1 – Preparing the Roofing Base

Before installing the roof tiles in place, you have to add another layer aside from the existing roofing material to serve as base for your roof tiles. The first layer is the underlayment which you will have to install atop your existing roof sheath. You can inquire from hardware or home improvements shops on which underlayment will work best although for most applications, felt weighing about 30 pounds works well. Simply follow the manufacturer’s directions on how to install the underlayment. After laying the felt underlayment, nail the cant strip flush on the spaces of the roof. Space out each strip flush by half or one full inch.

Step 2 – Marking the Spot for Installation of the Tiles

To identify the spots where to position and install your roof tiles, measure first the length of the roof tiles to be used with the aid of a tape measure. Mark the length of each tile on the underlayment earlier installed. Since each rows of the tiles should overhung the previous row, subtract 1 1/2 inches from the length of the first tile. Using a chalk box, mark these spots by snapping the chalk box line over it.

Step 3 – Nailing the Battens on the Underlayment

Using the mark made by the chalk box line, nail the batten along the first line. For the succeeding line, subtract around 3 inches from the length of the first tile. This line will be the spot where you will nail down the succeeding battens.

Step 4 – Piling the roof tiles

Place the tiles on the prepared underlayment starting from the left side. The vertical keyways that come with each tile should fit to each adjacent tile. The accompanying head lug should be stationed in between the battens installed previously. Finally, nail down each tile for secure fit.