It is but normal for us people to want to change our surroundings. This is especially true when it comes to our homes. As they say, home is where the heart is, and we’d like to make it as comfortable and beautiful as we possibly can. This is why we keep moving furniture around the house, adding a bit of detail here and there or hanging a lovely painting to serve as the living room’s focal point. When it comes to the exterior of the house, changes are usually achieved by improving our landscaping and gardens, or by painting the house’s exterior walls. We even engage in roof painting as well.
Most types of roofs can be painted with ease or with very little trouble such as in the case of colorbond roof painting. However, other types of roof will need more consideration before the roof painting project is undertaken like in the case of terracotta roofs.
Unglazed Terracotta Roof Tiles
Terracotta clay tiles are porous, and this makes them prone to damages caused by salt and wind and erosion. This is especially true in the case of unglazed terracotta tiles. Many people actually like unglazed terracotta tiles because of the natural look and appeal. They will require regular cleaning and maintenance though, since they lack the glazed coating that offers additional protection for them. If you want to change the color of your unglazed terracotta roof tiles, it is possible (though many people still prefer the reddish brown hue or the original color – perhaps because perhaps of the Mediterranean appeal it gives to their homes).
Glazed Terracotta Roof Tiles
While other prefer the original look and appeal of unglazed terracotta roof tiles, some property owners will eventually have their roofs glazed. This is because the glaze can help to protect the roof tiles from weather elements, and therefore increase their longevity and improve their functions. It is still possible to repaint or recolor the tiles, but they should be cleaned very well first before doing so. A deep cleaning may be necessary especially in roof laden moss. Moss and algae have very tiny roots that can burrow into the porous surface of the terracotta roof tiles, and they should be removed before any roof painting project is undertaken. In some cases, using an etching solution may be necessary to prepare the roof for painting.
Again terracotta roof tiles are porous and more fragile than other types of roofing materials. In this case, a high pressure airless application is a better roof painting option since this helps to prevent any flaking or clumping. Brushes and rollers are not recommended since they do not guarantee a clean and smooth effect.
Although terracotta roofs can be repainted, it is still best to have them replaced with new ones. Talk to a professional roofer to check if your terracotta roof tiles are worth painting and saving, but in the case where the damage is extreme, it is still best to have them replaced. If you are in need of roof painting services, please feel free to get in touch with us at 1800 61 00 11 or leave a message in our contact page.