Specialty Roofing: How to Install Metal Roofing, Shakes, Tiles & More

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A roof goes a long way toward defining the look of a house, so it's not surprising to find a variety of great-looking and durable roofing products. While asphalt shingles are affordable and appropriate for most any climate, the roofing types shown in this section offer a wider range of style, color, and durability. Some will last for 50 years or more.

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Before installing a roofing product other than asphalt shingles, consult with a local supplier, your building department, or a local roofing professional. Make sure that the product you choose is suitable for your climate and for the slope of your roof. Some types of roofing, such as slate, tar-and-gravel, and heavy clay tiles, are best installed by professionals. However many newer products, such as cement tiles, metal roofing, modified bitumen, EPDM (or rubber) roofing, and wood shakes, are within the reach of a do-it-yourselfer.

Whatever the roofing material the essential installation principles remain the same. However be sure you understand how all the components of your chosen material fit together. There may be special pieces for ridges, hips, and rake ends. Fasteners and flashings may be material-specific as well.

Preparing for these roofs is often similar to preparation for a composition shingle roof. In most cases the sheathing should be cleared of old roofing and swept clean. Then apply WSU and/or roofing felt underlayment. In some cases new roofing can be installed over existing composition shingles.

Lay out the roof for cedar shakes, faux tiles, and concrete tiles as you would for composition shingles. For vertical metal roofing and flat roofing sheets (modified bitumen or EPDM), the layout is simpler.

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