Colonial roof: what is it, advantages and ideas of projects

The architecture goes far beyond the aesthetics and the built volume, it is essential to analyze the techniques and the constructive materials for a functional and harmonious result with the project proposal.

The construction of a house, for example, requires the compatibility of the technical facilities with the study of the facade and other elements of the residential architecture. And in today's post, we'll talk about the colonial roof , one of the most used types in the construction of residences in Brazil.

What is colonial roof?

It is the simplest and most popular type of roofing in construction. Its main feature is its apparent tile, which leaves all the cover exposed with its shapes defined with half water, two waters, three waters and so on.

Although it is apparent, it allows to go from the rustic to the modern style depending on the composition.

How does the colonial roof work?

Example of building with colonial roof

The tiles are supported on the wooden rafters, components of the roof structure.

The slope, which can be the same or different in each water, are joined by the ridge, spike and the corner.

Parts of the colonial roof

Colonial roof: what is it, advantages and ideas of projects

  1. Rump: the highest part of the roof;
  2. Spike: it is the meeting of the tiles of different sides of the roof;
  3. Corner: it is the meeting of the waters of the lower part of the roof, where the rain flows with more force.

Advantages of the colonial roof

  • Sustainable material;
  • High durability;
  • Low maintenance.

Types of tiles for the colonial roof

The choice of tile is directly linked to the slope that the roof will have, therefore, both its fixing and the structure that will support all its weight must be differentiated.

1. Ceramics

Ceramic colonial roof

It is the most used for this proposal, due to its cost-effectiveness. Also known as clay tiles, they have a curved appearance that allows for visually beautiful results. Opt for those that come with factory-made synthetic lining, with added protection and durability.

With several models in the market, it is possible to choose the colonial tile that most pleases its taste and facade style.

2. PVC

Colonial roof: what is it, advantages and ideas of projects

It has the same advantages of ceramic tile, except that they are made in a synthetic way. The only difference is its lower cost, which being a lightweight material does not require a wooden structure so elaborate to withstand its weight.

Take care with the wind action, due to this fragility, the calculations of the roof must be precise so that there are no future accidents.

To get inside how the colonial roof works in practice, we separate 60 amazing projects that use this traditional element in several ways:

Picture 1 - Discreet but ever present.

Discreet but always present colonial roof

Picture 2 - Reinforced structure for a very striking roof.

Reinforced structure for a very striking roof

Picture 3 - Several slopes in one same design.

Several slopes in one project

Picture 4 - This type of roof makes the house even more rustic.

The colonial roof makes the house even more rustic

Picture 5 - House with colonial roof two waters.

House with colonial roof two waters

Picture 6 - Its wavy finish is a registered trademark in this type of tile.

Corrugated finish: registered trademark of this type of tile

Picture 7 - Mescle styles: classic facade with colonial roof.

Merged styles: classic house facade with colonial roof

Picture 8 - Only the attic receives the colonial roof, highlighting it even more.

Only the attic receives the colonial roof

Picture 9 - Abuse of the stone facing if the proposal is to go to the more rustic side.

Colonial roof and stone flooring

Image 10 - Colonial half water roof.

Roof half colonial water

Image 11 - Combine the color of the tile with the rest of the facade.

Match the color of the tile with the rest of the facade

Picture 12 - The distinct falls of the waters take enough style for the visual.

Roof with different falls

Picture 13 - Each half to each side!

Colonial roof: what is it, advantages and ideas of projects

Image 14 - Mix the colonial roof with other models, such as the pergola, for example.

Mix the colonial roof with other models

Picture 15 - The slope of the roof highlights even more the orange tiles.

The slope of the roof highlights even more the orange tiles

Picture 16 - House on the beach with colonial roof.

House on the beach with colonial roof

Image 17 - Combine the natural color of the tile with the wood.

Combine natural tile color with wood

Picture 18 - Take the style to the rest of the facade as well.

Take style for the rest of the facade

Image 19 - Divide into two roofs: main and eaves.

Main and eaves coverage

Picture 20 - A facade full of style!

Facade full of style


The two-water roof gains a bold look with the tear overlapping one roof to the other. This cutout provides the entrance of natural light throughout its length, leaving the interior much more pleasant!

Picture 21 - Garage with colonial roof.

Garage with colonial roof

Image 22 - Tradition in material and style on the facade!

Tradition in the material and style in the façade

Image 23 - Contemporary traces with classic architecture materials.

Contemporary traits with classic architectural materials

Picture 24 - When more inclined, greater the colonial style employed.

When more inclined, the greater the colonial style employed

Picture 25 - Uniformity in colors!

Uniformity in colors

Image 26 - Balcony with colonial roof.

Balcony with colonial roof

Image 27 - Tone on tone for a modern facade.

Tom on tone for a modern facade

Image 28 - The tone of the tiles gives modernity to the whole visual set.

Modernity for the visual set

Picture 29 - Combine the colonial tiles with the air stripped internally.

Colonial tiles in the building

Image 30 - The superimposed model provides a different facade.

Different facade with superimposed model

Picture 31 - In small houses, the colonial roof leaves the entrance even more cozy.

Cozy colonial roof


For a small house make an exclusive entrance with the design of the roof. In the above design, the roofs have different heights but with the same shade of tile to maintain the visual balance.

Image 32 - Gray colonial roof.

Gray colonial roof

Image 33 - Do not miss the choice, choose a façade in earthy tones.

Earthy facades

Image 34 - A single floor but with several waters.

Single floor with several waters


It is possible to work the colonial style without leaving the modern aside. In this case, different roof options have been worked out, one for each sector of the house.

Image 35 - Sobrado with colonial roof.

Townhouse with colonial roof

Image 36 - Colonial Roof in L.

Colonial roof in L

Image 37 - Colonial roof with dark tiles.

Colonial roof with dark tiles

Image 38 - Colonial roof with cutouts.

Colonial roof with clipping

Image 39 - Colonial roof four waters.

Colonial roof four waters

Figure 40 - The annex is well planned with the composition of the percolated and colonial roof.

Edgeclub with pergola and colonial roof

Picture 41 - It is a versatile model in the construction, because it combines with any style of home.

Colonial roof can match any building style

Image 42 - Colonial roof with brown tiles.

Colonial roof with tiles in brown color

Picture 43 - Single storey house with colonial roof.

Single storey house with colonial roof


The contemporary air is due to the light color of the tiles and also in the overlap, which is minimal, but it makes all the difference in the visual. Ideal for those who want to innovate and give personality to the residence.

Image 44 - The apparent structure reinforces the colonial style even more.

Country house with colonial roof


Rustic tiles and the visible wooden frame make the look even more interesting. Unite the architecture and structure to form a beautiful facade!

Picture 45 - The pull of the house becomes even more inviting.

Edict with colonial roof


To make the outside area more functional, the balcony has gained a social space with a beautiful colonial roof that shows the wooden structure.

Picture 46 - colonial roof hut model.

Colonial cottage model roof

Picture 47 - Colonial roof with tiles in mixed colors.

Colored tiles blended on the colonial roof

Image 48 - Detail for the eaves with the gutter.

Highlight for gutter with gutter

Picture 49 - Simple house with colonial roof.

Simple / Popular Colonial Home Roofing


To give more style to the house, contrast the colors of the walls with the handmade brown tiles. Go to the intense and vibrant side to have a real highlight in the visual!

Image 50 - The apparent structure is a way to integrate the architecture with the construction.

The apparent structure is a way to integrate the architecture with the construction

Picture 51 - Modern house with colonial roof.

Modern house with colonial roof

Image 52 - Composition of roofs in the same construction.

Composition of roofs in the same construction

Picture 53 - House with a mix of architectural styles.

mix of architectural styles in the residence


The upper part has a four-water roof, the ground floor a metal and glass pergola, the rest noble materials that integrate very well these two types of roofing.

Image 54 - White colonial roof.

White colonial roof

Picture 55 - In this case, choose soft colors on your facade as well.

Soft colors on the facade of residence with colonial roof

Image 56 - A striking roof for a simple house.

Striking roof for a simple house

Image 57 - The roof takes volume to the front.

The roof brings volume to the facade of the house

Image 58 - Colonial roof and platibanda together.

Colonial roof and plankton

Picture 59 - It is the perfect option for a house in the countryside.

Perfect option for a country house


For the traditional look, opt for the tiles in dark shades. Already for a country house, leave the structure and the emerald in sight on the balcony, leaving the property even more charming.

Image 60 - Barbecue with colonial roof.

Barbecue with colonial roof

The smaller spaces can also earn this type of roof. For this barbecue, the four waters model is the best option to protect the area with tables and bench. It's cool, combine the tone of the tile with the roof of the barbecue, usually on an apparent roof.

How to make the colonial roof

Colonial roof

With the project set in hand, it is easier to collect the amount of tiles needed to build the roof. However, for an initial account, calculate 25 units per m². Recalling that the higher the slope, the greater the amount of wood beams to strengthen the structure.

1. Preparation of the structure

The beam should respect the desired slope at the moment of the position, which occurs from top to bottom. This step should be done well so that the water flows easily into the gutters.

  • Spacing between rafters: 50 cm;
  • Slat spacing: 40 cm;

2. Installation of tiles

Make sure the tiles have an extra waterproofing to prevent future infiltration of the house. If they are correct, position one at a time, from top to bottom, fitting one on top of the other.

3. Finishing the colonial roof

To leave the roof functional, arrange a gutter or eave to avoid excess water in your roof.

Price of colonial roof

The final price depends on three items: professional manpower, quality and quantity of the material. The choice of tile, for example, can double the value compared to a simpler model.

The solution is to seek the professional of the area, architects or engineers, to have better accuracy. Each case is different, and the roof has its importance in the work.

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