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Tiling Cork: Your Questions Answered


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While we are known for our high-standard roofing services, this extends to our expert roof-tiling services. Our Cork tiling services include some of the highest standard possible roofing repairs. Before we undertake a new project, inevitably, clients will have questions. To make this information much more accessible, we have compiled some of the most common questions below.


How long does it take to tile a roof?


The time it takes to tile a roof in Ireland, or anywhere else, can vary widely depending on several factors. These factors include:

  1. Size of the Roof: The larger the roof, the more time it will take to tile it.

  2. Type of Tiles: Different types of roofing tiles have varying installation complexities. Some tiles are more prominent and easier to install, while others require more time and attention to detail.

  3. Roof Complexity: If the roof has multiple angles, slopes, valleys, and other intricate features, it will take longer to install the tiles.

  4. Weather Conditions: Weather can significantly impact the time it takes to tile a roof. Rain, wind, and extreme temperatures can slow the process and halt work on certain days.

  5. Crew Size: The number of workers involved in the tiling process can affect the timeline. Depending on their skill level and coordination, a larger crew could finish the job more quickly.

  6. Experience of Workers: Experienced roofers are likely to work more efficiently and complete the job faster than less experienced workers.

  7. Preparation Work: Before tiling can begin, preparatory work is required, such as removing old roofing materials, repairing the underlying structure, and ensuring proper insulation.

  8. Additional Features: The installation of features like skylights, vents, and chimneys can add time to the overall tiling process.

  9. Access to the Roof: Easy access can speed up the process, while difficult access or limited space might slow it down.

Typically, what goes on a roof before the roofing tiles?

Before roofing tiles are installed on a roof, there are several components that typically go in place to create a structurally sound and weather-resistant roofing system. These components help ensure proper insulation, ventilation, and protection against elements like rain, wind, and snow. The specific components can vary based on the type of roofing system being used, but here are some common elements:

  1. Roof Decking or Sheathing: This is the base layer of the roof, typically made of plywood or oriented strand board (OSB). It provides the structural foundation for the roof and serves as a substrate for the other roofing materials.

  2. Underlayment: Underlayment is a protective layer that is installed over the roof decking before the tiles. It acts as a secondary barrier against water infiltration. There are different types of underlayment, including asphalt-saturated felt and synthetic materials.

  3. Ice and Water Shield: In colder climates, an ice and water shield is often applied along the eaves and in valleys to prevent water from ice dams or heavy rain from penetrating beneath the tiles.

  4. Drip Edge: Drip edge is a metal flashing that is installed along the edges of the roof to help direct water away from the fascia and prevent water damage.

  5. Valley Flashing: Valley flashing is installed in roof valleys to guide water away from these vulnerable areas where two roof planes intersect.

  6. Starter Strips: These are the first row of roofing material installed at the eaves and rakes of the roof. They provide a secure base for the first course of tiles.

  7. Roofing Tiles: The tiles themselves come next. These can be made of various materials such as clay, concrete, metal, or asphalt. They are arranged in an overlapping pattern to provide a protective barrier against the elements.

  8. Ridge Vent or Ridge Cap: This component is installed along the peak of the roof and allows for proper ventilation while also providing a finished look.

  9. Flashing: Flashing is used around roof penetrations like chimneys, vents, and skylights to prevent water from seeping in at these vulnerable points.

  10. Ventilation System: Adequate ventilation is crucial to prevent moisture buildup in the attic. This might involve the installation of soffit vents, ridge vents, and other ventilation components.

  11. Sealants and Fasteners: Various sealants and fasteners are used to secure the roofing materials and ensure that the roof is watertight.

It's important to note that the specific components and their order of installation can vary depending on the type of roofing system, the local climate, and building codes. Proper installation of these components is essential for the longevity and performance of the roof.


Why do roof tiles crack?



Over time, roof tiles can turn brittle. This applies to untreated older clay roof tiles and even cement tiles, which become fragile due to ageing and prolonged exposure to the elements. As a result, these tiles are prone to cracking. When roofing tiles break, they lose their ability to effectively block water from infiltrating your roof, potentially leading to significant water-related damage.


If you have any more questions about our Cork tiling services or want to request a quote, please get in touch with us today.

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