Installing a Tile Roof

What to Do About Chipped Roof Tiles During Installation

While concrete roof tiles are among the most durable of roofing materials, breakage may occur during the shipping, delivery or installation processes. To ensure the tile roof system is not compromised, roofing professionals often want to know what constitutes as a “broken” tile and when should it be replaced versus being repaired. Here are some key guidelines that should be considered when evaluating the proper course of action:

  • If the tile is cracked or broken across the face of the tile in either direction, it should be replaced.
  • If the damage is slight – either with chipped or broken edges – the tile can be still be used in areas such as the hips, valleys, rakes or other places requiring cut tiles. These tiles should be identified and sorted during the loading process.
  • The under lock portion of the tile will carry water even if the cover lock corner is chipped or broken.  Since the required overlap of the installed tile is usually 3 inches, it logically follows that any broken corner exceeding 3 inches in length should qualify that tile for replacement, whether it is the under or cover lock portion of the tile. It is generally advisable to replace tiles which have broken under locks.
  • If the cover lock corner is broken less than 3 inches, and the broken piece is available, it may be possible to repair the corner by proper adhesive application. Using an adhesive specifically formulated for concrete or clay roof tile, follow the manufacturers’ instructions to form a complete bond along the fracture. Take precautions not to allow excess adhesive to bond to the adjacent tile or create water blockage in the under lock.
    • If the corner piece is not available, aesthetics become a factor that must be considered. A small chip may not be noticeable to the homeowner on a shallow sloped roof, but may be at a steeper slope. In any case, good judgment should dictate whether the missing corner affects the integrity of the water shedding capability of the tile.
  • On some tile designs, such as shake profiles, the bottom edge of the tile may be distressed to create a more jagged or random appearance. This process will sometimes create small chips that should not affect the integrity of the installation, provided they meet the criteria mentioned above.

When handling the tile, it is important to handle each piece with care and refer to the TRI Installation Guide for proper installation methods in your region.

For additional information regarding the installation of concrete roof tile, visit the Tile Roofing Institute’s ­­­website, or contact your local Eagle Account Representative.

Hiring the Right Roofing Contractor to Install Your Tile Roof

While tile roofs are among the longest lasting, most durable roofing products available to choose from, they do have to be installed properly in order for them to protect your home to their maximum ability. That’s why it is important to hire the right contractor for the job – one that is well versed in installing tile and certified.

Before you settle on a roofing contractor, ask those around you for recommendations. You can also speak to a representative with your selected tile manufacturer to receive a list of roofers in your area that are familiar with using their product. Once you have a few companies in mind, request a list of past projects in order for you to view the quality of their work. Further your research and make note of how long the roofing contractor has been in business, as this can be a direct indication of their reputation since local roofers rely on referrals and satisfied customers. 

In addition, check to ensure the roofing contractor is not only licensed and insured for liability reasons, but also Tile Roofing Institute (TRI) Certified. Tile roof systems are installed differently than asphalt shingle roofs and those that complete this certification program administered by tile roofing industry experts are educated on how to do so in compliance with current code requirements and industry standards.

Once you have narrowed down your search and made your selection, you should have your new, beautiful tile roof installed in no time and enjoy it for years to come. 

If you need assistance with finding a tile roofing professional nearest you, visit the Tile Roofing Institute. To find more information on tile roofs, visit

Eagle Technical Bulletin: Turrets

Eagle Roof Tile is often the perfect complement to houses with distinctive architectural features.  One such feature that is seen on both historical homes and, more and more, on new custom homes is the turret.  Turrets are conical roofs that provide a uniquely elegant flare to homes of distinction.  They can also provide a uniquely daunting challenge to anyone trying to install roofing.  While roofing a turret requires extra effort, there are some steps that can make it less intimidating to tackle.

2773-WlntCrkBlendStep 1: Be Safe- In many cases, turret roofs tend to be steeper and higher than average.  It is vitally important to protect yourself using accepted safety equipment (i.e. harnesses, toe-boards, scaffolding).  These measures will protect you and, in the case of scaffolding, can actually make the job a little easier.

Step 2: Do the Math- A turret is basically a cone with a circle at its base.  There are a few measurements that you will need, to get started.  First, find the circumference of the circle, either by measuring around the eave of the turret (if possible) or by measuring the diameter of the circle and multiplying by 3.14.  Then you divide that number by the exposed width of the tile.  That will tell you how many tiles you will need for each course.  Dividing the rafter length by the exposed length of the tile will tell you how many courses you will need.

Step 3: Make a template-  Think of a turret or cone as a collection of equal triangles.  Once you have the measurements for one triangle, you need only repeat.  To make cutting your tiles easier, make a template from plywood, OSB or cardboard.  Lay your chosen template material on the ground, measure out and mark the rafter length and snap a straight line.  At one end of your new line (the bottom) measure half of the tile width to either side of the line and mark.  Then snap two lines from the top to the two new marks.  You will end up with a triangle that will guide you in making your cuts.

Step 4: Cut your tile- Using your template you can make the cuts for each course of the triangle.  You will then repeat those cuts for the number of triangles in the cone.  You already have this number from when you divided the circumference by the exposed width of a tile.  The best part is that all cuts can be made on the ground before you install.  You will also want make sure to drill nail holes in the tiles since you will be removing so much of the top of each tile.

Step 5: Snap lines- The last step before installing the tile is to snap guide lines.  Use half the exposed width of the first course tile and make marks, repeating that measurement around the entire eave.  Then you can secure a chalk line at the top of the cone and work your way around, snapping lines.  These lines will allow you to center each tile as you install.

Step 6: Install the roof- Installation will require a large number of fasteners, so a self-sealing underlayment would be best.  Now that you have done all of the prep work, you can install the tiles using mechanical fasteners.

At Eagle we are excited to bring you simple elegant solutions.  We want to help you create projects of distinction that stand out from the rest.  If you have any questions regarding this or any other exclusive look or if you have any other questions, please contact us.

How Do Concrete Roof Tiles Perform in Cold Weather Conditions?

ASnow Tile Roofs parts of the country are dealing with yet another brutal winter storm, it seems like a good time to discuss the best materials for protecting your home against the elements. While most homes in areas prone to snow tend to boast asphalt shingles, there are far superior materials available for cold-weather roofing.


We all know that concrete roofing tiles are popular in hot, sunny states due to their energy-saving, highly insulating properties. Those attributes also work to keep out the cold, meaning lower bills for heating the structure.

The density and durability of concrete tiles made by Eagle Roofing Products make them a prime choice for buildings in cold or high freeze-thaw cycling areas. Unlike more porous materials like asphalt, concrete tiles are not susceptible to moisture freezing within the body of the tile. Concrete tiles also have a naturally occurring air pocket between the underside of the tile and the roof sheathing that, when installed and ventilated correctly, minimize ice-damming as well as tile expansion and contraction due to changes in temperature.

As an added measure, Eagle uses specific application procedures that manage the snow blanket that may accumulate on the roof to prevent the snow turning into a block of ice or sliding off the roof in large sheets.

Speaking of damage caused by ice and snow accumulation, most owners with tile roofs in the colder regions report that, “If installed properly the first time, theres really not much that has to be done to maintain a tile roof.” While we cannot promise our roofs will always be damage-free, they are far less prone to such costly issues and require much less work to keep them that way. This comes in handy during snow storms when the odds of convincing a roofing repair company to come fix a weather-damaged roof are practically zero.

Basically, you could not ask for a better roof system during a snow storm.

For more information, visit our website at or call 1-888-TILE-ROOF, 24/7.

Tile Roof Installation: Why Training is a Must and Where to Get It

We know we may be a little biased here at Eagle Roofing, but, tile roofing is just plain superior. We really mean it. That is why training is offered to those individuals who want to learn how to properly install a tile roof; nothing that nice is easy to construct.

Tile roofs not only add value to your home but are exceptionally durable, allowing them to endure a lot of what Mother Nature throws at them. Concrete roofing can withstand high winds better than other materials and can take a freezing and thawing in any climate. That means that, just because you may live in an area north of the Sunbelt, you do not have to miss out on the aesthetic and structural advantages of concrete tile.

As you may know, tile weighs more than asphalt shingles. The strength, longevity and aesthetic appeal of roof tile is a by-product of it composition – color infused concrete. It is a common misconception that the best time to install a tile roof is when youre building a new home. While it is easier to prepare the roof structure of a new home for a tile roof, the underlying roof structure of most homes can be modified for a tile roof with minimal reinforcement. If youre interested in upgrading your homes value and curb appeal by upgrading to a tile roof, you will want to obtain a structural report from an engineer first.

As you can see, there are many requirements to consider when installing a roof of this quality. Before you do so, contact our friends at the Tile Roofing Institute (TRI). They offer classes all over the United States to help people learn how to meet or exceed industry guidelines because they know todays consumers expect trades-people ? including tile roofing installers ? to have trade certification. TRI employs professional instructors to teach not only proper tile roof installation, but also to help your companys performance in all areas such as workmanship, efficiency, best practices, and code-compliance.

If you wish to meet with TRI as well as other industry professionals from multiple concrete roofing tile manufacturers, visit the Carolina Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association (CRSMCA) Mid-Winter Conference in Raleigh, NC on January 21-23, 2014.

Have your Heard about our Eagle Seal Premium Underlayment?

Eagle Seal is a premium underlayment that provides reliable performance and superior protection for your roof. This self-adhering roofing and waterproofing underlayment is specifically designed for most roof applications.

Eagle Roofing Products’ new Eagle SealTM premium underlayment provides the durability and reliability home builders, roofing contractors, and homeowners expect from USA-Owned, USA-Made Eagle Roofing Products.  Eagle Seal is a multi-purpose, steep slope, self-adhered roofing and waterproofing underlayment specially designed for concrete, clay tile and metal roofs. Eagle Seal is ideal for both adhesive set and mechanically fastened slope roofs in both new construction and remodeling applications.

Eagle Seal is designed to be extremely durable and easy to install and is a premium quality product designed to provide superior performance and protection under all of our concrete tile products. Eagle Seal provides a combination of dual reinforcement of a “true” polymer modified asphalt compound on the top layer, with an aggressive self-adhesive compound on the bottom layer.  This allows Eagle Seal to expand and contract with a roof while providing reliable performance.

To learn more about Eagle Seal or any of our other Eagle Roofing Products, contact us today!

Tile Roof Installation: Why Training is a Must and Where to Get It

We know that we’re a little biased here at Eagle Roofing, but tile roofing is just plain superior. We really mean it. That is why training is offered to those individuals who want to learn how to properly install a tile roof. Installing a tile roof requires proper training and skill. Nothing that nice is easy to construct, of course. Tile roofs are not only a durable roofing material, but they also add value to your home. Yes, they are more expensive sometimes, but you get what you pay for in the future cost of roof replacement.

Another benefit that we love about tile is that it can endure a lot of what Mother Nature throws at it. First of all, this type of roofing can withstand high winds better and can take a freezing and thawing in any climate.

As you know, tile is very heavy. The best time to install a tile roof is when you’re building a new home because it ensures that the underlying roof structure is strong enough to hold the excessive weight. If you’re tearing off an old shingle roof and you want to install tile, you will want to get a structural report from an engineer first. Many standard roofs, built to accommodate regular shingles, may not be strong enough to support tiles.

If you are interested in installing a tile roof properly, contact our friends at the Tile Roofing Institute (TRI). They offer classes all over the United States to help people learn how to meet or exceed industry guidelines. Knowing how to install a tile roof properly can help to reduce or eliminate call backs. They believe that todays consumers are more sophisticated and demanding and expect trades-people, including tile roofing installers, to have trade certification. The training they provide uses professional instructors to show you how to not only properly install a tile roof, but to help your company’s performance in all areas such as workmanship, efficiency, best practices, and code compliance.

For more information, contact Eagle Roofing Products