handyman roofEven a handyman doesn’t like roof work. However, it is a simple edge tile replacement, then the most difficult part is finding a good match.

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Roofing work is dangerous; just ask any workers compensation company. If you don’t have to be on the roof, then stay off of it. If you feel comfortable at heights, and have a safe ladder to reach the edge, then maybe you can consider it.

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There are times when an edge tile will crack or break (or even fall off if it wasn’t installed correctly. High winds will cause trees to topple and knock off tiles. Wind can cause tree branches to drag along the roof edge and displace or knock them off. (Note to homeowners: trim the trees).

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So where can you find a match for a missing or broken tile? Go to a roofing wholesaler and meander through their boneyard. A boneyard is where they place unused tiles from previous jobs, and it can be a godsend. It’s best to take a sample tile with you to get a close match. They will probably charge you a few dollars if they don’t just give it to you for free.

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When you get back home you will need to place the tile back into position. It has a lug on one side and it will fit under the tile above it and rest on the tile under it. Then hit a nail through the hole in the tile to keep it in place.

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