I have concrete tiles on the front of the house, one of them has snapped off about half way up and the bit smashed on the ground. I was wondering how to replace it, I assume they'll all be nailed on, and they are quite long so I'm not sure how to change just the broken one without either removing the lot (!) or ending up breaking the surrounding ones. Any suggestions?
The correct thing to do is replace the tile with a spare one you have.. But we dont all have spare tiles. If its the bottom row of the roof unlucky as these tiles really should be nailed in place you should be able to push up the second and third row above this tile to be able to give you access. Be carefull pushing up the tiles treat them like glass or you can snap more. If your like me and dont have a spare tile. the temporary 1-2 year solution is to make a lead replacement of the tile and install it. remember the lead version has to be able to tie into the other tiles so some careful napping (hammering of the lead) is needed to make the overlap ties use your broken tile as a template just do it slowly and it will be grand. Its fairly cheap to do and a good quick fix until you can source a replacment tile. again the lead should be nailed in place.
I have before created a lead version of tile slipped it under the broken tile it was for the bottom line of the roof tiles (lead not nailed in) in the winter to stop a leak. The weight of the broken tile held the lead in place all winter
I properly replaced the tile in the summer.
Rolls of lead are available in almost all builders merchants.
Hi joan I assume you don't know a lot as so far I've only seen sarcastic comments from you, that's sad.
Without undermining North devon roofings advice as old tiles can easily break especially if the frost has got at em and old concrete tiles snap if you look at em.
Tools: A pointing trowel and piece of wood batten about 12inches long for a wedge to hold tiles above up if needed.
if the broken tile is nailed remover the two tiles above the broken one and lift the broken tile up working the nail loose.
On the tops of the backs of the tiles are the 'Pips' that hook over the batten hook the tile over the batten and use aluminium nails to secure the tile. Replace the tiles above job done. Buy about 12 tiles as you might break a couple or so repairing the one. If your roof is not close boarded or felted then, as I have done, removed them from the inside of the loft. If it's over the rafter then take out the middle ones between the rafters slide the broken tile sideways remove it and replace that with one you pulled out then put the new one together with the remaining old one back in the centre.
You can count the rows up and with any light out you have in the loft look in roughly the area for daylight between the joints of the tiles this shows where the damage tile is.
Wear Eyeshields those concrete ones being sand faced are notorious for dirt getting the eye/s.
If they are old great care should be taken as they will be easily damged. The whole row above the damaged tile will have to be removed as it is on the side of the building, and will be dangerous if not nailed in. Start at the top and work you way down to make it easier to remove the nails. Make sure they are all nailed back in when finished.