How to Install Tile Eave Risers

In this video, I’m gonna show you how to install eave risers for your flat tile roof.

What is an Eave Riser?

Eave risers are used for one primary purpose, which is to lift the front of the tile up to have the same slope as the rest of the tiles. Since the other tiles are sitting one on top of each other, the eave riser tilts the first tile up so they’re all at the same angle.

The eave risers come in different sizes and different colors. Generally, you wanna match the color of your eave riser to the color of your tile. You have a large selection of different colors available on the eave riser so make sure you pick the one that’s closest to your tile. Another thing that eave risers have, they’re called weep holes. There’s holes every 10 to 12 inches on center that allows any water that gets underneath the tiles and behind the eave risers to drain out.

The eave riser is installed on top of the drip edge and on top of the underlayment.

You don’t wanna install the underlayment on top of this as it will cause more water to trap and rot out your wood. Eave risers come in 10 foot lengths and are pretty simple to install. Let me show you how.

How to Install Eave Risers

Installing the eave riser is pretty simple. For this mock roof, we don’t have a drip edge installed fully. We have a drip edge only installed in a small piece, but essentially what you wanna do is line this up with your drip edge and nail it in. That’s all there is to it. You’re putting this on top of your underlayment, so you just wanna align it. Now I’m gonna be using a nail gun, you can do this by hand as well. And you can see that this eave riser already has holes pre-marked. You can either use these holes or just make any new holes you want, 10 to 12 inches on center, the same as the drip edge.

So you can see that there’s not much to it. The reason you wanna put this on top of your underlayment is that this generally tends to get backed up. So what happens is, once water comes over this, it’s not gonna be hitting the deck, it’s not gonna be kind of coming underneath your underlayment, it’s gonna be coming on top of your underlayment over your drip edge. Now that we have this installed, we’re ready to get started with our tile installation.