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DIYers guide to installing roof brackets on a tiled roof

  • 19-02-2023 9:35pm
    Registered Users Posts: 6,056 ✭✭✭

    Planning on installing Solar PV on a tiled roof, but unsure about how to or what to expect when looking to remove the roof tile to install the brackets

    Step 1 - When you identify where a bracket should be placed (where there is a vertical roof timber), push the tile above it upwards under the one above it, enough to see the top edge of the tile to be removed, and also the one to it's right, to expose the whole tile under which the bracket will be installed

    Step 2 - Prop the bottom corner of the tile to the left of the one to be removed and draw out the tile being removed to the right

    Step 3 - Install the bracket SECURELY to the roof timbers below the felt, using appropriate screws. Depending on the location of the vertical timber, you may need to push the right side tile upwards

    Step 4 - Cut a slot in the bottom lip of the tile with an angle grinder, to permit the tile to fit flush again with the roof upon re-installation

    Step 5 - Restore the removed tile, and pull down any tiles pushed upwards, until the top lip rests on the horizontal runner. To aid sliding the tiles back down into place, prop up the left hand edges


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,807 ✭✭✭✭the_amazing_raisin

    Did you post this twice? 😉

    Great guide, love the actual pictures as opposed to the IKEA style instructions most mounting systems would include

    I've noticed sometimes the brackets get painted over with a kind of sealant, I'm guessing to stop any water penetration through the screw holes

    I'm guessing this is mitigated by using something like roofing screws that have a sealing washer included?

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  • Moderators, Education Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators Posts: 8,102 Mod ✭✭✭✭Jonathan

    I've deleted the duplicate thread and added this one to the key threads sticky.

  • Registered Users Posts: 748 ✭✭✭buzz11

    its important that the bracket isn't digging into the roof tile, otherwise the pressure could crack the tile, the bracket should sit parallel to the tile and you may need to use timber shims to raise it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,056 ✭✭✭championc

    Personally, I'm not putting the brackets close to any edges of panels. So rain won't reach them from either the sides, top or bottom. While buzz11's are next to the edge, I cannot see any issue with having them 30cm or more in from the edge.