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Tile Roofs

W-Shaped Concrete Roof in San Diego

"S" & "W" Concrete

Comp & Frame Recommended

S and W-shaped concrete roofing refers to concrete roof tiles that have a distinctive, S or W-shaped profile. These roof tiles are a type of architectural concrete roof tile and are used to provide a unique and decorative look for residential and commercial buildings. The tiles are made from a mixture of cement, sand, and other materials, and are molded into their distinctive shape.

Flat Concrete Roof San Diego

Flat Concrete

Comp & Frame Recommended

Flat concrete roofing refers to roofing systems that are made from a flat, solid layer of concrete. Concrete roofs are commonly used in commercial and industrial buildings due to their durability and resistance to extreme weather conditions. Flat concrete roofs are also known for their fire resistance, making them a safe choice for many building owners

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Lite-Weight Tile

Comp & Frame Required

Lite tile roofs are made from materials that are designed to mimic the look of traditional roofing tiles, such as clay or concrete tiles, but are lighter in weight and easier to install. These roofing materials are made from a combination of different materials, including concrete, fiberglass, and other synthetic materials, and are designed to provide the aesthetic appeal of traditional roofing tiles with the ease of installation.

Mission Clay Roof San Diego

2-Piece Mission Clay

Comp & Frame Required

Mission clay roofs are made from clay and are designed to mimic the look of traditional clay roofing tiles used in Spanish Mission-style architecture. They come in a variety of colors.

These roofs are often bridle and hard to walk on. Palomar Solar has designed a way to install solar systems on these roofs by reinforcing the roof with composite shingles underneath the solar system, then framing around the panels with clay tiles to keep the home existing esthetics.

S-Clay Tile San Diego

"S" Clay

Comp & Frame Required

​S-shaped clay roofing refers to clay roof tiles that have a distinctive, S-shaped profile. These roof tiles are often used in Mediterranean, Spanish, and Southwestern-style architecture and provide a premium look for residential and commercial buildings. The tiles are made from natural clay and are known for their durability, longevity, and resistance to extreme weather conditions.

Comp & Frame Process

Comp and Frame Roofing San Diego

Comp & Frame Process

The concrete tiles are removed as part installation process and replaced with composition materials instead of new paper and the old concrete tiles.  The area exactly matches the size of the appropriately designed solar system of your house.  As composite materials are minimal in size, the solar rack mounts can sit much lower on the roof.  This gives the appears they are actually part of the roof.  The remaining concrete tiles are cut to ensure clean fit around the panels.

Composite Roofs

Standard Composite Roof San Diego

Hight-Definition Shingles

Standard shingles, also known as high-definition shingles, boast a lifetime warranty and are available in numerous colors. These shingles are exceptionally heavy-duty, weighing approximately 260-280 pounds per square foot.  Compared to designer shingles, the installation process is less complex therefore potentially reducing the overall cost and timeline of the installation project.

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Designer shingles are characterized by their exceptionally robust construction, featuring asphalt thicknesses of up to a quarter of an inch. These shingles are crafted in various shapes to emulate the appearance of slate or shakes on a roof. In terms of weight, they can reach up to 480-500-550 pounds per square foot, making them twice as heavy and considerably more challenging to install.

Metal Roofs

Metal Roofs

The popularity of metal roofs has increased in regions affected by the wildfires in 2003 and 2007.  Metal roofs are highly effective in fire-prone areas as they are virtually impervious to ignition from passing fires. Their durability makes them a long-lasting option, with varying gauges available—the thicker the gauge, the sturdier the roof.  Once installed, these metal roofs cover all eaves, leaving no wood exposed.  The material used for these roofs is typically steel, available in different colors, providing robustness and longevity.


Metal Roofs in San Diego

Standing Seam Metal

Standing Seam metal roofing are metal sheets that have been formed into a wave-like pattern. The sheets are typically made of steel or aluminum, and are often coated with zinc or a zinc-aluminum alloy for increased resistance to corrosion.

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Metal Tile

Metal tile roofing provides aesthetic appeal of traditional roofing materials. 

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