Here’s What You Should Know About Replacing Your Terracotta Roof Tiles

If you live in Melbourne, you’ll have seen many homes with terracotta tiles. Maybe you’re lucky enough to own one of these properties and you want to know about maintaining your terracotta tiles. Perhaps you have some that are worn, damaged, or need a clean.

Here’s what you need to know about replacing your terracotta tiles.

What are Terracotta Roof Tiles?

Terracotta tiles are one of the most commonly used roof tiles in Australia, particularly in mid century homes. They’re made from clay and they’re typically a reddish-brownish tone due to the iron in the clay.

Terracotta tiles are naturally porous, which means they can withstand years of Melbourne’s inclement weather and extremes of temperature and last a long time.

Terracotta roof tiles can come glazed and unglazed.

  • Glazed provides more protection from the elements.
  • Unglazed has a more traditional look and is common on older houses throughout Melbourne.

Terracotta tiles can become fragile due to their porous structure, so walking on them can lead to fractures and even tiny cracks can lead to some unfortunate water damage.

As options for concrete tiling and metal sheets have grown and become more effective and aesthetically pleasing, we have seen them start to compete and reduce the lead of popularity that terracotta tiles have in Australia.

a roof with terracotta tiles in Melbourne

Are Terracotta Roof Tiles Common in Melbourne?

Melbourne, like the rest of Australia, has had a love affair with terracotta tiles for over 50 years.

The warmth of terracotta tones, the reds and browns are versatile and suit a variety of homes, so they have remained a consistently popular choice around Melbourne.

But, terracotta tiles can see damage and attract moss and lichen, so they need to be taken care of to protect the lifespan of the roof.

Driving around Melbourne, it’s not hard to find older terracotta roofs that have fallen into disrepair, whether cracked, damaged or covered in moss.

A terracotta tiled roof in Melbourne with severe damage

So, can these roofs be made beautiful again? Can terracotta roof tiles be restored? Here’s your answer…

Can Terracotta Roof Tiles be Restored?

Yes, terracotta roof tiles can be restored.

Restoring a terracotta roof can include:

  • cleaning the tiles,
  • repairing or replacing damaged tiles,
  • resealing or reapplying a protective coating to the tiles,

It does not include painting as terracotta roof tiles cannot be painted. If they are painted, the paint will eventually peel and flake.

We ensure our customers are supplied with the best roofing advice and services, so would never recommend painting your roof tiles as it will end up being a waste of money and time.

What’s the Best Way to Replace Terracotta Roof Tiles?

Terracotta tiles can last around 60 years, if well cared for. If a roof has not been well maintained, or your tiles are 60+ years old, you may notice the tiles creating water damage or leaks. This means it may be time for a roof restoration, or time to replace terracotta roof tiles.

The safest and most efficient way to manage any roof repairs is to work with a roofing expert. Terracotta roof tiles can be fragile and easily broken, so working with them can be a little tricky. You’ll also need to ensure they’re correctly fitted with existing roof tiles as any gaps can cause water damage.

Many things can go wrong during terracotta tile replacement, so minimising risk is essential and working with a roofing expert is the best way to do that.

Where can I Find Replacement Tiles for a Terracotta Roof in Melbourne?

From us!

Yes, it’s that easy. We can supply and install replacement terracotta tiles for your Melbourne home. We can do this during a roof installation, gutter cleaning, or other roof service.

This means that you don’t need to get onto your roof and risk injury, our roofing experts can supply and replace them for you.

Simply ask our team about terracotta tile replacements or tile repair.

 

Terracotta roof tiles are a popular option around Melbourne; their warm tones can look beautiful and they can handle inclement weather and temperatures. But, they require maintenance and care and will need replacing at some point, even if you’re extremely careful.

We can supply terracotta tiles for most properties and install them for you. We can complete replacement services and extend the life of your roof.

If you need a roofing expert to help you maintain the life of your roof, get in touch to organise an appointment.

 

What are terracotta roof tiles?

Terracotta tiles are one of the most commonly used roof tiles in Australia. They’re made from clay and are typically a reddish-brownish tone due to the iron in the clay.

Are terracotta roof tiles common in Melbourne?

Terracotta tiles are naturally porous, which means they can withstand years of Melbourne’s inclement weather and extremes of temperature and last a long time. This has made them a popular choice across Melbourne.

Can terracotta roof tiles be restored?

Yes, terracotta roof tiles can be restored. Restoring a terracotta roof can include:
- cleaning the tiles,
- repairing or replacing damaged tiles,
- resealing or reapplying a protective coating to the tiles

What’s the best way to replace terracotta roof tiles?

Many things can go wrong during terracotta tile replacement, so minimising risk is essential and working with a roofing expert is the best way to replace your roof tiles.

Where can I find replacement tiles for a terracotta roof in Melbourne?

There are places that supply terracotta roof tiles, including old tiles. PorterVac can supply and install them.

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