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The Pros and Cons of Painting Terracotta Roof TilesNovember 4, 2016


Terracotta roof tiles are created from clay and fired with a glaze to provide a long-lasting, protective finish that contains an attractive sheen. Once the firing is complete, these tiles will withstand years of weather exposure when professionals properly install them on a roof. When a terracotta roof is new, there is no need for other enhancements such as paint, but over time, the tiles may develop mould and stains from dirt and other debris. As this happens many homeowners wonder if they should paint their terracotta tiles to restore the roof's attractive and durable condition. You may be among these homeowners who are thinking about painting this type of roof, but before you proceed, you need to read our list of pros and cons for painting terracotta roof tiles to ensure that you know all the facts.


  • You can match the colour of your house closely since a full range of shades are available in paint.
  • Airless spray equipment is the best way to apply the paint on the tiles. This type of equipment makes the task come to completion faster than if you had to use a brush to apply it.
  • The attractiveness and weatherproofing of your roof will once again be restored. No more will it have an aged look that undesirable.


  • The paint will not adhere to the terracotta tile over the long term and you will need to repaint on a regular basis. Otherwise, your roof will appear flaky and unattractive.
  • Once you paint, your terracotta roof becomes high-maintenance instead of one that requires minimum care.
  • Another downside to painting terracotta roofing tiles is the fact that you may lower the resale value of your home. If buyers are in the market for a house with a low-maintenance roof, they will pass on your house since you now have increased the care that the roof will require to stay in the right condition.

Professionally Clean Your Roof Before You Decide Whether or Not to Paint It

Hire professionals to clean your terracotta roof before you decide whether or not to apply paint on it. After all the dirt, debris, mould and other undesirable elements are removed from the roof, you may discover that there is no need for other action. This is especially true when the glaze is still on the tiles.

For further guidance on the advantages and disadvantages of painting terracotta roof tiles, contact Ajax Gregson Tiles. Our company specialises in installing terracotta and cement roof tiles in the proper manner to create durable, attractive roofs.

If you want to invest in high quality roofing tiles that will last you for decades to come, and that look great, then visit us here at Ajax Gregson Tiles, we can help you find the right roofing material that best suits your home.

Ajax Gregson TIles
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Email: ajaxtiles@bigpond.com.au

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