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Tile is a leading material used to cover pitched roofs. Over the years, tile roofing has become increasingly popular for its ability to withstand fire. Tile roofs are made of either concrete or clay, and they come in various styles. Concrete tiles are heavier than clay tiles and are more durable, but both types have benefits and drawbacks. Homeowners should hire Morris County roofers who have experience in the installation of tile roofs.

The professionals already have the tools and equipment necessary for an installation, but if a homeowner chooses to tackle the project, they'll need a saw, tiles, metal flashing, underlayment, cant strips and battens. First, underlayment is installed on the roof sheathing to make the roof waterproof. Researching local building codes will help a homeowner determine the best underlayment to be used. Before installing the underlayment, homeowners should go through the manufacturer's instructions.

Metal flashing is installed on areas such as chimneys, valleys, skylights and areas where the roof joins with a vertical wall. In most cases, the flashing used is 28 gauge metal that is resistant to corrosion.

Cant strips should be nailed to the roof's eave. The cant strips slant the first tile course to match the other courses.

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A gap of one inch every 4 feet should be left to allow water to drain across the cant strip rows.

A tape measure can be hooked to the eave of the roof to take a measurement of the tile in use. This length should be marked on the underlayment. At the eave, the tile will leave a 1 inch space. On the rear side of the tile, a half inch space should be left. From the first mark on the underlayment, a homeowner should subtract 1.5 inches and mark on the underlayment again. They should follow the same procedure on the other end of the roof and draw a line.

Homeowners should nail the battens below the snapped line. The next step is to subtract 3.5 inches from the length of the tile in use and mark lines on the roof.

The tiles should be laid down by working from left to right. The vertical interlocking points should not have any foreign substances to ensure proper interlocking and fitting of tiles. The lip found at the end of a tile is called a head lug. It should rest at the back of every row of the battens. Fasten a number of tiles with nails. The number of nails used to fasten the tiles will be heavily influenced on wind speed in the region, slope of the roof and whether batten was used or not.

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