How to remove roof tiles

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How to remove roof tiles

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Project Overview

Working with roof tiles is a lot easier when you know a couple of basic tricks. We will show you how to take a tile off and replace it properly. You will also see how to move neighbouring tiles out of the way, and what to do when the tiles are nailed down.
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Quick Fix

Quick Fix

A quick fix project usually takes around 1-2 hours

 
Changing old roof tiles
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Keep your old roof tiles

If you are removing any tiles from your roof, it is a great idea to store them for use in the future. That way you can be sure you have got an exact match if you need to replace a tile later on – especially if your roof is a bit older.

Step by Step Instructions

1 Removing a tile from the roof
2 Replacing a tile in the roof
  • Step 1. Removing a tile from the roof

    Begin by lifting up the next-door, overlapping tile. This will lift the overlapping tiles on the row above, so the tile you want to remove should come out easily. If your tiles aren’t lifting, they may have nails holding them in place. If so, lift up the bottoms of the overhanging tiles in the row above, pry the nail out of your tile and then lift it out.
  • Step 2. Replacing a tile in the roof

    Lift up the bottom of the tiles from the row above and slide your tile back into place. If your tiles have been nailed, then drive a nail through the hole in the tile into the timber roof batten. Once all your tiles are in, give them any minor adjustments required to settle them in place.

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