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Replacement roof tiles

Where can I buy roof tiles in Switzerland? I have a few broken ones on the roof. I'm looking for simple replacement of these boring ~30cm x 20cm rectangular tiles but can't figure out which shops sell them. I could also cross the border to France/Germany if necessary and easier to get from there.
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Re: Replacement roof tiles

https://gasserceramic.ch/ was the first that came up.
I would also check Hornbach, Obi, Bauhaus

Also have a look on Ricardo https://www.ricardo.ch/de/s/Dachzieg..._dominant=true
(They look boring & rectangular)

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Old 01.10.2020, 13:26
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Re: Replacement roof tiles

Easy, pop one off the roof and look up Dachdecker in the phone book they normally have a pile of spares left over from jobs and you are more likely to find a match.
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Old 01.10.2020, 17:42
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Where can I buy roof tiles in Switzerland? I have a few broken ones on the roof. I'm looking for simple replacement of these boring ~30cm x 20cm rectangular tiles but can't figure out which shops sell them. I could also cross the border to France/Germany if necessary and easier to get from there.
Have a look in the local area for similar tiles, wait until night time... then borrow a few of the neighbours.
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Old 01.10.2020, 18:45
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Re: Replacement roof tiles

I got some from a local supplier (baumat.ch). I could identify the pattern and approximate colour from a web site. I even got up on the roof and changed them myself. The originals had a date stamp of 1948 and I could still get replacements which (more or less) fitted. However, now I know what I am looking for, I see lots of small builders' yards where these are piled up.

If the building is very old, this may be useful: http://dachziegelarchiv.de/index.html . It has the catalogues of some Swiss manufacturers (Laufen etc.)
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I got some from a local supplier (baumat.ch). I could identify the pattern and approximate colour from a web site. I even got up on the roof and changed them myself. The originals had a date stamp of 1948 and I could still get replacements which (more or less) fitted. However, now I know what I am looking for, I see lots of small builders' yards where these are piled up.

If the building is very old, this may be useful: http://dachziegelarchiv.de/index.html . It has the catalogues of some Swiss manufacturers (Laufen etc.)
Following through the links, it looks very similar (or could be) Eternit: https://www.eternit.ch/de/products/roof/Dachschiefer though the sizes look a bit off. I will re-measure.

I don't really care too much about the colour of the tile as the broken ones are located where they are not visible. Maybe I should ask around as it seems that a large number of houses nearby use the same tile.
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I even got up on the roof and changed them myself.

Are they hard to remove/replace? How did you get up there? Ladder or some roof window?
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Old 01.10.2020, 23:19
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Use a ladder. As for replacement, you can look on youtube for instructional videos.

I had to go up and replace with temporary material pending finding replacement tiles.
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Use a ladder. As for replacement, you can look on youtube for instructional videos.

I had to go up and replace with temporary material pending finding replacement tiles.

That was a rabbit hole. Ended up watching way too many videos The understructure of the roof looks so fragile to me in general. Just few wooden battens!

My potential house I think has irregular shaped stone things found on lot of Valais roofs. Will have to get my drone up there. Roof angle is not too steep, so I will be ok getting up there. I hope I don't fall through in the future


Edit- Where do you store your ladder? Outside the house so that the thief can use it too I could chain it outside?
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That was a rabbit hole. Ended up watching way too many videos The understructure of the roof looks so fragile to me in general. Just few wooden battens!

My potential house I think has irregular shaped stone things found on lot of Valais roofs. Will have to get my drone up there. Roof angle is not too steep, so I will be ok getting up there. I hope I don't fall through in the future


Edit- Where do you store your ladder? Outside the house so that the thief can use it too I could chain it outside?
In the garage.
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Re: Replacement roof tiles

Agree, ask your neighbours if they have any spares. We have about 10 saved from the time the house was built (+/- 30y). Id be happy to share in exchange for a bottle of nice Swiss wine.
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Are they hard to remove/replace? How did you get up there? Ladder or some roof window?
These were not too hard to replace. I simply had to partially lift two directly adjacent tiles in the row above to slot the old one out and the new one in. However, that also depends on the construction.
I used a normal ladder to get onto the roof, then walked up the roof with one replacement tile in a rucksack. My roof is quite steep. Worse. When I had more or less finished, it started to rain gently and the roof became very slippery.
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