How to fit Envirotiles
Envirotiles are an extremely lightweight roofing tile that can be used in a variety of different applications. Ranging from huge new build roofs, to small garden projects. Fairly new to the market you may be wanting to ask ‘how to fit envirotiles?’
Here we will run through the steps involved in a small garden project.
A new garden shed was bought and constructed, but from the factory it came with a simple felt roof that wouldn’t last long, cue Envirotiles to save the day.
Shed roof in need of a better finish
Completed Envirotile slate installation 2 hours later (DIY installation with no experience of fitting slate before)
It is possible to fit the tiles and leave overhang to the side of the roof – VERGE – and if you do you will need to trim off the coupling edge from the right had side of the tile
You can finish the roof sides – VERGE – with a Dry Verge Profile as shown here.
In this case I decided that I wanted to use a Dry Verge but to finish it flush with the existing roof edge so I had to modify the Dry Verge Profile shown above, as you can see in the pictures below.
To modify the standard Dry Verge Profile to flush fit use a sharp knife to score above and below the flange that needs to be removed.
Fold the knifed flange up and down until it starts to break and then
Tear the flange from one end to remove – you should be left with
Trimmed Dry Verge for flush fitting
Once the Dry Verge is fitted in position with screws fit the Starter base profile in position along the front edge -EAVES- of the roof ensuring that it is in a position that will allow the tiles to overhang the roof by 50mm to ensure rainwater drips into the gutter. Screw this Starter base section into position using every screw hole.
Slide the top part of the Starter into the base section
TIP – I found it easier to only fit the first part of the top of the Starter into the base as the tiles need to be slid into this profile from right to left and it is easier to reach in small sections and add extra starter retaining sections as I proceeded.
The first tile to be fitted is to the right had side of the roof and this tile needs to be trimmed by cutting the retainer off of the right hand of the tile as this will not be needed on the first tile in a row.
The trimmed first tile.
Slide the first tile (trimmed as above) into the Starter profile ensuring it is fully clipped in and slide it to the right verge.
Slide the rest of the first row of tiles from left to right ensuring they are clipped in and pushed in to the adjacent tile.
Screw the first row of tiles into place
Start the second row of stale tiles with a half slate trimmed of its joining strip (If using tiles rather than slates a full tile will have to be cut in half) – ensure the tile is fully clipped into the tile below. Slide the rest of the full tiles into the second row ensuring they are all fully clipped in.
Screw each tile into place then use a full trimmed slate for the first tile of the third row and continue to finish the roof ensuring every tile is fully clipped and screwed.
The finished shed roof – Note I used a Dry Verge profile to complete the top of the roof to hide the cut top edge of the last row of slates.
And there we have it, that is ‘How to fit Envirotiles’
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Next to add gutter and a water butt!