Roofing – Exterior

Tip:  Not all types of tile are compatible with roofing details.  If you are looking for color, make sure it will work with the roofing details.

Tip:  Color choices are limited in roof tiles, so choose roof tile, pavers or other natural stones in compatible colors and then choose the exterior paint colors.   The colors should have a gold tone or a rose tone, but avoid mixing the two base colors.  If you can’t tell the difference get assistance!

Tip:  Roofs have an underlayment that may wear out before the roof tiles do.  Typical would be two layers of 40 lb. felt as well as modified bitumen roofing or G 40, a rolled bitumen material for the entire roof.

Tip:  Remove and replace (R&R) to remove and reuse tiles.

Tip:  Look for Energy Star* if applicable and keep in mind that light colors and white reflect more

Tip:  If you are replacing a roof with tile and there wasn’t tile there originally the weight of the tile may be too heavy and the structure will need more reinforcement or a different material needs to be used.   Check structure to verify compatibility.

Tip:  Elastomeric paint for decks and garage floors.

Tip:  Upside down Mexican tile is a deck option with less maintenance.  Choose product with traction, color and style.

Tip:  Genie  is a good garage door opener company.

Tip:   Garage doors can be steel 24-27 gauge, composition/steel and PVC with the look of wood grain and more durable or all wood with a great look and more maintenance.  Choose the door depending on the style of the home and visual impact and/or adjacencies to outdoor entertainment areas.

Reclaimed tiles as in the use of reclaimed wood is used for the color, look and/or uniqueness.


Ludowici has no sand (therefore very durable) and also beautiful colors.

Other quality clay tiles:  Gladdy McBean, Redlands

  • Types-sandcast with flat finish.
  • Two piece-it’s stronger.
  • Interlocking.
  • Flat.
  • Natural quarried slate.
  • Concrete tiles are more durable, less expensive, but not as interesting for color.
  • Wood shakes-more popular in humid areas.
  • Metal roofs.


 For flat roof areas spray foam with elastomeric coating need to be maintained (5-7yrs).

Flat roofed areas need more maintenance to prevent drying, cracking and water penetration.

A built up roof with bitumen can then have elastomeric material covering it and lasts about 20 years.

PVC is more expensive, takes longer to install, is energy efficient and may last 30 years.

Exterior colorization-Roof tile, pavers (Belgard, Pavestone) and natural stone need to be compatible with a consistent color i.e. gold or rose.  Adjust exterior paint accordingly.


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