We recently finished this concrete tile roof in Miami and it looks great! The old roof was torn off to the deck, there was some rotten wood replaced and the deck was re-nailed to Code. We dried in with 30 lb. felt, tin-capped it to code and installed 16” 26ga galvanized valley metal and drip-edge flashings. As usual, we upgraded – free – the edge flashing to factory white. It costs us about $50 extra to provide this upgrade which gives the finished roof an immediate “pop” and spares the owner the chore of painting it or hiring a painter.
Tile Roof Underlayment
Boral TileSeal tile roof underlayment was then installed according to Miami-Dade NOA specs which includes back-nailing 12″oc and rolling with a 120 lb. roller. We spend a little more on the underlayment compared to what is popularly used by other roofing companies in Miami and feel it is worth the expense – it is simply tougher.
Tile Roofs – It’s All in the Details!
I suggested Boral concrete barrel tile in white and the client agreed. The old roof was a 9” flat tile and I thought a high profile barrel tile would give the home a classic look as well as some more dimension, texture. The choice of a white tile should shock no one who has been paying attention as I will always recommend its superior reflectivity which enhances energy efficiency. A white tile will also extend the life of the underlayment and, as a neutral color, goes with almost any home’s color scheme.
This house had gutters all the way around and we managed to save them without taking them down. We also removed what seemed like a ton of wet, decomposed leaves which was a real chore in itself. All in all this concrete tile roof job was fairly straight-forward, other than the gutter rescue, and the customer was well pleased. He was especially happy with his choice of the white barrel tile. Funny, I thought that was my idea. Oh, well . . .
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