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Thanks to their triple overlap and cross-jointing, flat tiles ensure a good flow of rain. In nine as in renovation, their implementation meets common sense rules.

The steps of laying a roof of flat tiles

Level: confirmed
Cost: 65 to 75 € HT (supplied laid)
Time: 5 to 10 days depending on the importance of the site
Equipment: scaffolding, ladder, safety harness, angle grinder with diamond disc, metal ruler, hammer, trowel, bricklayer's trough

More resistant tiles

The contemporary terracotta tiles mimic their elders to perfection. But they are easier to install and are characterized by a longer life thanks to their industrial manufacture. Other advantages: they benefit from exceptional mechanical characteristics and a high frost resistance; finally, their range of hues and their appearance are as successful as those of traditional tiles. Just like the model chosen for this roof ("Grand Cru" Terreal).

Prepare the tiles

Fix the battens

The battens are nailed on the contrelattes with a spacing corresponding to the pureau. Their location is drawn with a peg on the side banks. A tracing with the cord makes it possible to fix them quickly.

Compensate by using a chanlatte

Compensate by using a chanlatte

Nail a slatted (or double slat) on the rafters to compensate for the thickness of tile that is missing in the first row. The edge of the under-roof screen that will overflow into the gutter is raised and folded on the caterpillar.

Hang the row of short tiles

Hang the row of short tiles

Hang the row of short tiles on the batten that is dedicated to them. Their lower part rests on the cattail and must overflow a minimum of 6 cm above the later installed gutter.

Lay the cross-joint tiles

Lay the cross-joint tiles

Lay the normal, cross-jointed tiles on the row of short tiles that must be completely covered. To prevent their lifting by the wind, one in five is nailed or screwed on the batten.

Install the roof ends

Install the roof ends

The first bank tile (left side) starts here the second row which is the doubling. Use edge elements (right or left depending on the installation) for each end of the roof.

Finish a row

Finish a row

The following side tiles are placed at the top of the row (only one out of two). To finish a row, cut an entire tile on the angle grinder or use half a tile or half tile.

Throwing tiles and security

Throwing tiles and security

Always work on two people on a roof in accordance with safety rules (as here with scaffolding).

Avoid tossing tiles if you are not a professional.

Ensure the passage of air

Ensure the passage of air

Tiles are cut to ensure the passage of air before the installation of the doors. Make the cuts with a grinder equipped with a diamond disc: these tiles are difficult to cut.

Install the flap

Install the flap

Nail or screw the flap on the corresponding battens. The tiles that line and cover it are also cut while following the curve of the ventilation opening.

Put the last row

Put the last row

At the ridge, the last row is covered with a row of short tiles. They cling by their lugs (or tenons) on the top of the last row. The ridge tiles will keep them in place.

Seal the ridge

Seal the ridge

Seal the ridge end-to-end on bastard mortar ropes. Beforehand, soak them in water until refusal. The joints between elements are filled and surmounted by a bead (a ridge of cock) of the same mortar.


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