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Old 11-07-2011, 02:16 PM   #46
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Hi guys. I have decided to fix the roof myself. Sure I could sue the builder, but even if I would win, I would have to pay a large lawyer fee, and there is no guarantee that the new roofer who repairs my roof will do a good job. If you want something done right, you have to DIY. I am sure the cost of DIY will be cheaper than a lawyer fee.

The tiles are easy to remove because they are not nailed down. They are just resting on battens. I plan to remove all valley tiles, plus any tiles that have deteriorated felt under them. I will remove battens and replace the old felt with Grace Triflex underlayment using cap nails. Then I will replace the battens and put the old concrete tiles back on. I will also place Grace Triflex underlayment under the valley metal flashing.

If I happen to do a lousy job, I can always hire a roofer later to correct my work.

Is there any way to replace underlayment without removing the battens?

Here is my roof in 2003 when the house was being built.......


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Old 11-08-2011, 07:43 AM   #47
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Good luck with the job.I don't know any way of replacing the felt without taking off the battens.
You must use a different way of felt and batten to us. Here we would counter batten the boards so the felt is loose and allows water to run under the battens to the eaves. Your's looks like there is a gap in the battens to let it through.
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Unfortunately they are not available on line, but the standard references for tile roof installation are produced by the Tile Roofing Institute.
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Old 11-08-2011, 07:19 PM   #49
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I started my mission today. Removed tiles from the valley and the leaky area. Found the leak. Water seeps between 2 sheets of OSB board near the gutter. Felt is rotted in the leaky area. I plan to seal the leaky area with ice and water shield.









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What do you guys think of this idea?.... I am going to replace the rotted felt with ice and water shield, and I will replace the rotted battens with new battens. I am trying to figure out how to remember where the rotten battens were (before I remove them). I could measure the location of the battens before I remove them, but I think I have a better idea. I am going to nail cap nails adjacent to the rotted battens before I remove them. This will mark their location. I will remove the rotted battens and felt, and then put ice and water shield on. Then I will use my finger to feel where I put the cap nails. This will tell me exactly where to place the new battens. Is this a good idea, or is there a better solution?
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you can also make a batten gauge from a piece of batten that will fit in between the battens at the correct measurement.
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I think the tiles in the valley are channeling water from the valley to the felt on the sides of the valley. This would had been avoided had the builders chosen to build an open valley instead of a closed valley. I am thinking about placing lego pieces under the valley tiles to elevate the tiles enough to allow water to flow under them.

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By the way, there is no drip edge on my roof. Is this common with concrete tile roofs?
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Old 11-16-2011, 07:29 PM   #54
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I finished the roof. Put a layer of ice and water shield over the leak. I also installed a drip edge. My only mistake was not keep track of which tiles were which. I put them back together slightly out of alignment.
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Check the flashing on the chimney!
Probably, should be some type of drip edge.

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chimney has flashing.

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