The Complexities of Installing Solar Panels on Terracotta Tiled Roofs

In the world of solar installations, not all roofs are created equal. Among the various materials we encounter, terracotta tiles present a unique set of challenges. At Specialized Solar and Electrical, we specialise in this intricate process, navigating the complexities that many other companies avoid. In this blog, we delve into why installing solar panels on terracotta tiled roofs is more demanding, both in terms of skill and cost.


The Nature of Terracotta Tiles

Terracotta tiles bring beauty and durability to roofs, thanks to their unique baking process. This creates a strong top layer but leaves the bottom softer. However, this very process that gives them their charm also leads to a significant challenge: brittleness. Over time, these tiles become incredibly brittle, especially under certain weather conditions, complicating the installation of solar panels.


The Installation Process

Installing solar panels on terracotta roofs goes beyond simple placement. We meticulously adapt each tile to fit mounting brackets. This requires precise chiselling of each tile, a labour-intensive and skill-demanding task. The risk of cracking or breaking these brittle tiles is high, and any damage can mean starting the process anew for the affected tiles, adding to the time and cost.


The Risks of Improper Installation and the Importance of Precision

When it comes to installing solar panels on terracotta roofs, precision is not just a requirement – it’s a necessity. An improper or rushed installation can lead to significant issues. For instance, if the tiles are not chiselled down correctly to fit the purpose-made tile brackets, it can result in gaps or misalignments. These flaws might seem minor but can lead to serious problems like water leaks, which can damage not just the roof but also the underlying structure of your home. Ensuring a perfect fit is crucial to prevent such risks and maintain the integrity of your roof.


Our Commitment to Excellence:

At Specialized Solar and Electrical, we understand the gravity of these risks. That’s why we approach every installation with the utmost care and precision. Our team is trained to ensure that every tile is modified and fitted perfectly, aligning with our high standards of quality and safety.


Our Confidence and Warranty:

We are so confident in our ability to install solar panels on terracotta roofs that we offer a 15-year workmanship warranty. This warranty is a testament to our commitment to quality and the trust we have in our skills and processes. When you choose us, you’re choosing peace of mind, knowing that your installation is in the hands of experts who stand by their work.


Standard Practice and Preparedness:

Understanding the delicate nature of terracotta tiles, our approach is always one of thorough preparedness. As a standard practice, we require a minimum of 30-40 spare tiles to be available for each installation. This is a crucial step in ensuring we’re fully equipped to handle any contingencies.

We offer two options for sourcing these spare tiles:

  1. Company-Sourced Tiles: For your convenience, we can procure these tiles on your behalf. This option includes a service charge, but it ensures that the tiles are perfectly matched and ready for use, alleviating any concerns about compatibility or availability.
  2. Homeowner-Sourced Tiles: Alternatively, you have the option to arrange for these tiles yourself. If you choose this route, we recommend having them available on-site prior to the installation day to ensure a smooth and uninterrupted process.

This proactive measure is integral to our installation process. It ensures that we have immediate access to replacement tiles, should any damage occur during installation. This not only streamlines the process but also provides an added layer of protection for your roof, ensuring that the integrity and aesthetics of your terracotta tiles are maintained throughout the installation.


Weather-Dependent Work

Terracotta tiles are highly sensitive to weather conditions. We cannot perform installations when the tiles are wet or covered in dew, as they become slippery. Similarly, high temperatures increase their brittleness, making them more prone to damage. These constraints significantly narrow our installation window, unlike more straightforward installations on other roof types, leading to increased labour and scheduling costs.


Why the Additional Costs when Installing on a Terracotta Roof?

  1. Specialised Expertise: The skills required for terracotta tile installations are not commonplace. Our team’s expertise in handling these delicate tiles is a specialised service.
  2. Labour Intensity: The process is time-consuming, requiring more man-hours per installation compared to standard roofs.
  3. Risk of Tile Damage: The high risk of tile damage necessitates a slower, more careful approach and potentially additional costs for tile replacement.
  4. Specialised Equipment: We use specialised tools and equipment to precisely chisel and fit the tiles, which represents an investment in both cost and training.
  5. Limited Installation Conditions: The weather-dependent nature of the work extends the installation period and requires more flexible scheduling, impacting labour costs.


Why Choose Us for Your Terracotta Roof?

Despite these challenges, Specialized Solar and Electrical has honed the expertise and techniques required for these installations. We understand the value of your terracotta tiled roof and are committed to preserving its integrity while enhancing your home’s energy efficiency with solar power. Our team of skilled professionals is equipped to handle the delicacy of these tiles, ensuring a seamless and secure solar panel installation.



Choosing the right installer for your terracotta roof is crucial. With Specialized Solar and Electrical, you’re not just getting solar panel installation; you’re getting a partner dedicated to preserving the beauty and functionality of your roof. Our detailed approach, backed by a 15-year workmanship warranty, ensures that your transition to solar energy is seamless, secure, and sustainable.

Don’t let the intricacies of your roof hold you back from embracing solar energy, contact us today. Reach out to us today for a consultation. Our team is ready to assess your specific needs, provide a detailed quote, and answer