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Old 02-08-2012, 10:22 AM   #1
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I know nothing about tile roofs! I am in Ft Meyers FL and am looking at buying a house with what appears to be a concrete tile roof. The house was built in 1986 so it should be the original roof.

The owners say the roof needs replaceing and have a $8000 estimate.

Can the tile be removed, the material under them replaced and the tile reinstalled?

Any advice, information, links or wise cracks greatly appreciated. JIm 0311

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Don't know if I'll be able to help, but without pictures you may be shooting in the dark.

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You'd better get another estimate. The tile alone could run $10,000. for the roof. Then, $20,000. for the labor, flashing, felts, etc.
I wouldn't even bother with an asphalt shingle proposal. No need in getting a 10-15 year roof.
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I know nothing about tile roofs! I am in Ft Meyers FL and am looking at buying a house with what appears to be a concrete tile roof. The house was built in 1986 so it should be the original roof.

The owners say the roof needs replaceing and have a $8000 estimate.

Can the tile be removed, the material under them replaced and the tile reinstalled?

Any advice, information, links or wise cracks greatly appreciated. JIm 0311
Let's see. All kinds of problems with this. First, all concrete tile I am familiar with comes with a 50 year warranty. second, unless your house is tiny, then the estimate is way, way off.
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Thanks guys. No matter how many times I do this I seldom give enough or the right information. Someday I will learn or yo guys will learn to read minds!

Anyway, I am not concerned about the estimate, it is for stripping the old roof and replacing with asphalt shingle. I am 63 so a 15 year roof should be just about right

My question would be as a DIY'er could I remove the old tile, save it. Repair and damage, put whatever it is they use as an underlayment today and then replace the tile?

I would actually try to get a roofing company to do the repairs and install any material that needed to go on before the tile. I would remove and reinstall the tile??

Simply put is the tile salvageable? Is it worth the effort?

I like the look of the tile but know at todays prices I cannot afford to replace it.

Thanks JIm 0311
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Thanks guys. No matter how many times I do this I seldom give enough or the right information. Someday I will learn or yo guys will learn to read minds!

Anyway, I am not concerned about the estimate, it is for stripping the old roof and replacing with asphalt shingle. I am 63 so a 15 year roof should be just about right

My question would be as a DIY'er could I remove the old tile, save it. Repair and damage, put whatever it is they use as an underlayment today and then replace the tile?

I would actually try to get a roofing company to do the repairs and install any material that needed to go on before the tile. I would remove and reinstall the tile??

Simply put is the tile salvageable? Is it worth the effort?

I like the look of the tile but know at todays prices I cannot afford to replace it.

Thanks JIm 0311
You'll break a lot if them.
Then you'll be trying to find matching tile, which you won't find.
Not a viable proposition I don't think.
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Thanks guys. No matter how many times I do this I seldom give enough or the right information. Someday I will learn or yo guys will learn to read minds!

Anyway, I am not concerned about the estimate, it is for stripping the old roof and replacing with asphalt shingle. I am 63 so a 15 year roof should be just about right

My question would be as a DIY'er could I remove the old tile, save it. Repair and damage, put whatever it is they use as an underlayment today and then replace the tile?

I would actually try to get a roofing company to do the repairs and install any material that needed to go on before the tile. I would remove and reinstall the tile??

Simply put is the tile salvageable? Is it worth the effort?

I like the look of the tile but know at todays prices I cannot afford to replace it.

Thanks JIm 0311

All roof tile is not created equally, especially concrete tile. But, it's more than likely the tile can be removed, new underlayment installed, and the existing tile re-used. There are numerous tile salvage yards nationwide where replacement tiles and specialty pieces can be obtained.

The brand and model needs to be determined. Get some photos of your tile and search "roof tile salvage", after 1st checking local roof suppliers to see if they still sell your tile. We do several of these jobs a year and I've never not been able to find the tile I need. We often do full roofs with salvaged tile or slate.

As far as the DIY aspect, it's possible, but not probable. We scaffold the roof edge and move the tile from the roof to the scaffold to keep from moving it to the ground and back up. Some tile hangs on a wood grid that will have to be removed and replaced to replace the underlayment. An average size house can take a 4-5 man crew several days to do just one side.

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An average size house can take a 4-5 man crew several days to do just one side.
Thanks for the responses 4 to 5 men that know what they are doing! verse's me who does not have a clue. That sum's it up for me, Ill pass.

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