Replacing roof tiles - this is the easiest way


Replacing defective roof tiles should always be a high priority - the tightness of your roof depends very much on the fact that the roof tiles are all intact. You will find out here how you can best proceed with the individual roof tile types.

Roof tiles: Damage is common

Whether due to weather conditions or the inspection by the roofer or chimney sweep: roof tiles can be damaged quickly.

Defective tiles should be replaced as early as possible in order to ensure the tightness of the roof actually. The procedure for replacement varies depending on the brick type.

Replacing roof tiles - this is the easiest way: roof

The easiest way to do this is explained in the instructions below.

What's on your roof?

  • interlocking tiles
  • Flat tiles these two types are the most common
  • other, less common brick types such as Roman brick or Tuscan brick

Replace roof tiles - this is the best way to proceed

  • small wooden wedges
  • framework
  • Trowel or wide spatula
  • cloth
  • possibly hammer and chisel, if necessary

1. Set up scaffolding

In most cases, you will need to set up a small scaffold to get onto the roof. Pay attention here to the safety regulations and your own safety, as with all roof work

2. Procedure for folding tiles

Folding tiles, such as the well-known Frankfurt pan, are the easiest to pull out when you push a small wooden wedge under the overlapping tiles and the bricks above. Then you can easily lift the damaged brick and pull it out.

The new tile can then be replaced in the same way by simply pushing it in and lowering it.

3. Procedure for flat bricks

Flat tiles are laid differently, so you have to put the wedges under the two tiles above. This makes it easy to pull out the damaged flat tile.

The new brick can be used in this way as well. If the flat tiles are nailed, and the nails can not be loosened by moving the damaged brick slightly, it is best to cut them with a hammer and a chisel.

4. Procedure for other bricks

Most other brick types are easy to swap, and it is best to use small wooden wedges for the overlapping bricks, if necessary.

Tips & Tricks

You should always have some original roof tiles in reserve - especially with clay tiles you get the individual models often after just a few years in the trade.


Video Board: How to Replace broken common Interlocking Roof Tiles