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Old 09-23-2011, 11:07 PM   #1
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4 years ago we had a new roof installed; the roofer recommended light concrete tiles. They look great and we've had no issues with leaks. We do have one major problem.
No one can go up on the roof without breaking tiles when they are walked upon. We just had the house tented for termites and it took me hours to replace the tiles; not the workmen's fault.

The only solution I have for this issue would be to take two 3 x 3 foot pieces of plywood to lay across tiles to distribute the weight (and put some type of rubber or soft grip underneath). It still does not seem to be a good idea to be carrying flat pieces of board up on the roof where a gust of wind could hit.

Any great ideas? Thanks,


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Old 09-24-2011, 06:05 AM   #2
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Every step you take should be with your foot firmly on the spot where the courses of tile over lap one another.
If your still breaking tiles while walking on them properly than you have defective material issue.

Of course this is coming from a roofer with limited experience in tile roofs, but I have walked hundreds with multiple different types of tile and did so with out damaging them, minus a few mis-steps here and there.


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Old 09-24-2011, 08:57 AM   #3
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Thanks. This is understood. The issue is that if you take a minor mis-step the tile breaks. The pest control team knew how to walk on the roof but it was just not possible to walk the course overlap while moving the tent. I did recieve one good possibility of using the new type of backerboard for bathrooms, light weight and maybe thick enough to spread the weight. Thanks for the reply.
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Old 09-25-2011, 12:38 AM   #4
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If they are breaking when being walked on properly, there are faulty materials and spreading out the load on a larger surface may or may not change that.
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