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Podcast: Considering Switching Your Tile Roof For A Composition Shingle? Listen To This First.

Posted November 30, 2016 by Daniel White

In this episode, Daniel discusses the ins-and-outs of choosing to replace your current roof with a different style. Many roofers try to cut costs and that results in improper installation, voided warranties, and more money out of your pocket. Find out why.

Podcast Transcription- RoofLifeB017-139:

Shayla: Thank you for joining us today for the Roof Life of Oregon podcast. I’m talking today with Daniel who is a roof specialist. And, Daniel, I want to discuss the right way to replace a tile roof, tear it off, and put it on with composition. You say there’s a bit of work that needs to go into that.

Daniel: There’s definitely a lot of work with replacing a tile with composition. These roofs are completely different. Tile vents itself. Not only the venting do you have to change, but you have to change pretty much the whole perimeter and structure the way this thing goes together. When a composition roof goes on, the material just goes on the roof, it feeds into the gutters, and it functions. When you have a tile roof, there’s so many different parts and pieces. There are boards on the bottom that elevate the tile up, that way they sit on top. All the edges are lifted up. They skylights are put on different.

So when you go to tear off all the tile, all of those boards have to come off, all the fascia boards, all the bargeboards on the edges have to come off. The gutters have to come off. All that has to be removed and reset, because you’re taking off the boards, dropping everything down, then doing all of your roofing, putting all new boards back on, and then you have to have a gutter company come back in and reinstall the gutters lower, because everything drops down. It’s a completely different style of roof. It’s not something that can be done quickly. It takes time and it takes that right way to do it.

Shayla: There probably are companies who would rush it and probably skip some of the important steps, right?

Daniel: That’s correct. As a matter of fact, I went to a roof where they tore off a tile roof and rather than removing those boards the way I was saying, they took a saw, left the old boards on, and ripped a cut all the way across it to drop that down. Well, now it looks like this, it doesn’t go straight. They tried to add a weird metal to it and now the roof comes down, the gutter that should’ve been removed and dropped down is too high, so the roof comes down and has this weird dip at the end. So it’s a little pool of water and it sits there and then when it gets full, it runs into the gutter. So this a contractor that should’ve known when he did it. He probably bid the roof, tore it all off, and then when he started to add his composition, went, “uh-oh, how am I going to deal with that?”. Just cut it off and we’ll make it work. Not the right way. You have to do it right. You’ve got to get those boards off and get everything set correctly.

Shayla: So it might cost you more up front, but in the long run you’re no going to end up with a failing roof.
Daniel: That’s correct. To do the roof right, it’s going to cost more. Beware of that contractor that’s half the price of all the other contractors. What’s he missing? Has he not taken off a tile roof? Does he not know that all of that has to be changed? So just beware of that cheap contractor.
Shayla: Get your roof down right the first time with Roof Life of Oregon. If you have any questions about what we’ve talked about today, please reach out to the team. Thanks, Daniel.

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