The most common problems with a tiled roof are broken tiles (slates, or shingles), missing tiles and damage to a valley. These may be due to natural wear and tear, or as a result of storm damage, for example. This article shows steps to replacing a few types of tile, and three common valley structures.

The method needed for replacing a roof covering will depend on the type of tile or shingle in use. For instance, the steps below show a simple way of replacing a tile, but you may need to alter them slightly, as described alongside the steps. To remove a slate, you may prefer to use a slate ripper rather than a hacksaw blade (as shown). Slate rippers are specially designed to remove fasteners that are under a row of slates, but they are specialty tools and probably not worth buying unless you are likely to replace a lot of slates. With wooden shingles, the problem…

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